Christian Wood

Christian Marquise Wood (born September 27, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] He played college basketball for the UNLV Runnin' Rebels. He has also played in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, and New Orleans Pelicans.

Christian Wood
Christian Wood in 2015.jpg
Wood in 2015
No. 35 – Detroit Pistons
PositionPower forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1995-09-27) September 27, 1995 (age 24)
Long Beach, California
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight214 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeUNLV (2013–2015)
NBA draft2015 / Undrafted
Playing career2015–present
Career history
2015–2016Philadelphia 76ers
2015–2016Delaware 87ers
2016–2017Charlotte Hornets
2016–2017Greensboro Swarm
2017–2018Delaware 87ers
2018–2019Milwaukee Bucks
2018–2019Wisconsin Herd
2019New Orleans Pelicans
2019–presentDetroit Pistons
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

High school careerEdit

Wood originally attended Los Alamitos High School for his freshman year of high school. He moved and transferred to Knight High School in Palmdale, California for one year before transferring to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada prior to his senior year.[2] In Findlay, he helped the Pilots win 54 consecutive games and an ESPN National High School Invitational championship in 2012. Wood was ranked as the No. 36 overall player in the class of 2013 (no. 8 at his position) by Rivals, Scout listed him at No. 10 at his position and ESPN listed him as the No. 71 prospect overall.[3]

College careerEdit

Wood played at UNLV from 2013 to 2015. As a freshman, he played in 30 games with two starts and averaged 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.[3] As a sophomore, he played in 33 games and averaged 15.7 points, 10 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game, earning first team All-Mountain West honors.[4][5][6] After the season, Wood declared for the 2015 NBA draft.[5][6][7]

Professional careerEdit

Philadelphia 76ers / Delaware 87ers (2015–2016)Edit

Wood was originally projected to be drafted late in the first round before his stock dropped, which led to more consistent second round projections.[8][9] Wood ultimately went undrafted in the 2015 NBA draft, and subsequently joined the Houston Rockets for the 2015 NBA Summer League.[10] On September 27, 2015, he signed with the Philadelphia 76ers.[11] On October 28, he made his debut for the 76ers, recording two rebounds in five minutes off the bench in a loss to the Boston Celtics.[12] During his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League.[13] On January 4, 2016, he was waived by the 76ers.[14]

On January 6, 2016, Wood was acquired by the Delaware 87ers.[15] On March 4, he returned to the 76ers, signing a 10-day contract with the team.[16] However, his stint lasted just three days as he was waived by the 76ers on March 7.[17] Two days later, he was reacquired by Delaware.[18] He was called up again on March 27, signing another 10-day contract with the 76ers.[19] On April 7, he signed with the 76ers for the rest of the season.[20]

In July 2016, Wood re-joined the 76ers for the 2016 NBA Summer League.[21]

Charlotte Hornets and Greensboro Swarm (2016–2017)Edit

On July 14, 2016, Wood signed with the Charlotte Hornets.[22] On November 7, he made his debut for the Hornets in a 122–100 win over the Indiana Pacers, recording two rebounds in three minutes off the bench.[23] During his rookie season, he has had multiple assignments with the Greensboro Swarm of the NBA Development League.[24]

After his second season in the NBA, Wood entered free agency due to his second year being a team option.[25] Wood would later join the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns for the 2017 NBA Summer League out in Orlando and Las Vegas, respectively.[26][27] Wood was a member of the Mavericks team that won the Summer League Championship in Orlando that year.[26][28]

On August 9, 2017, Wood signed with the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association.[29] However, Wood never played a game for Fujian as he was waived by the team, which allowed him to return to the Delaware 87ers that same year.[30]

Milwaukee BucksEdit

 
Wood (35) with the Wisconsin Herd

On August 14, 2018, Wood was signed by the Milwaukee Bucks.[31] On March 18, 2019, Wood was waived by the Bucks.[32]

New Orleans Pelicans (2019)Edit

On March 20, 2019, Wood was claimed off waivers by the New Orleans Pelicans.[33]

Given Nikola Mirotić's departure, and Anthony Davis expressing his desire to be traded and subsequent reduction in playing time and occasional rest, Wood had an opportunity to get substantial minutes for the first time in his career. On March 24, he made his debut with 7 points (3-5 FG) in 8 minutes of playing time.[34] On March 26, he went for a career night with 23 points (7-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 8-14 FT), nine rebounds, six blocks, three steals and an assist in over 32 minutes in the Pelicans' loss to the Hawks.[35] He was waived by the Pelicans on July 15, 2019.[36]

Detroit Pistons (2019–present)Edit

Wood was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Pistons on July 17, 2019.[37]

On March 14, 2020, Wood was reported to be tested positive for the coronavirus amidst the pandemic and the subsequent suspension of the season. He had 30 points and 11 rebounds against Rudy Gobert, who was the first player to test positive, and the Utah Jazz on March 7.[38][39]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Philadelphia 17 0 8.5 .415 .364 .619 2.2 .2 .3 .4 3.6
2016–17 Charlotte 13 0 8.2 .522 .000 .733 2.2 .2 .2 .5 2.7
2018–19 Milwaukee 13 0 4.8 .480 .600 .667 1.5 .2 .0 .0 2.8
2018–19 New Orleans 8 2 23.6 .533 .286 .756 7.9 .8 .9 1.3 16.9
Career 51 2 9.9 .492 .310 .707 2.9 .3 .3 .5 5.3

ReferencesEdit

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  22. ^ "Charlotte Hornets Sign Forward Christian Wood". NBA.com. July 14, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
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  26. ^ a b "2017 Orlando Pro Summer League". NBA.com. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  27. ^ Cunningham, Cody (July 7, 2017). "Suns Announce 2017 Summer League Roster". NBA.com. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
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  30. ^ Manzano, Gilbert (July 10, 2018). "Ex-UNLV player Christian Wood making case to stick with Bucks". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
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