Christian Wood
Christian Wood
25-Year-Old ForwardF
Houston Rockets
Out
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 3/11/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Wood had a solid start to the 2019-20 campaign, and through his first 49 appearances (one start), he averaged 10.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in 18.0 minutes. However, with Andre Drummond being dealt away at the trade deadline and Blake Griffin unavailable due to injury, Wood took on an expanded role late in the year. During his final 13 appearances, he drew 11 starts and averaged 22.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.7 threes and 1.8 combined steals-plus-blocks. Over that stretch, he shot an impressive 56.2 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from three and 75.7 percent from the charity stripe. This season, Wood signed a contract to join the Rockets, where it seems likely that he'll start at center. It wouldn't be surprising if he saw 30-plus minutes per game, though with James Harden, John Wall and Eric Gordon on the roster, it will be tough for Wood to score 20-plus points per night. Still, he has the upside to be one of the better centers in fantasy. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $41 million contract with the Pistons in November of 2020. Traded to the Rockets in November of 2020.
Personal Bio

Christian Wood was born in Long Beach, California in 1995. He is the son of Jeanette Stewart. He started his high school basketball career at Knight High School in Palmdale, California. Just before his senior year, Wood transferred to Findlay College Prep in Henderson, Nevada. Wood led Findlay to 54 straight high school victories, where Wood's Pilots also won an ESPN National High School Invitational championship in 2012. Wood's favorite food is sushi. Fans can follow the 6-foot-10 big man on both Twitter and Instagram (@Chriswood_5).

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Wood spent two seasons playing for coach Dave Rice at UNLV from 2013-15. As a freshman, he mainly came off the bench in support of Khem Birch and Roscoe Smith. The 6-foot-11 forward made two starts in 30 games and scored in double digits three times. Wood's playing time was highly variable, and he finished with averages of 4.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 13.0 minutes. Birch and Smith moved on after the season and Wood became the go-to player for the Rebels. He started 32 games a sophomore and provided 15.7 points to go along with 10.0 rebounds and 2.7 blocks, which were both second in the conference. Wood scored at least 20 points in a game eight times. He led UNLV past Fresno State with 27 points, 19 rebounds and seven blocks. Despite 21 points and eight boards from Wood, the Rebels were eliminated from the conference tournament in the second round. After the season, the forward declared for the 2015 NBA Draft but went undrafted before signing a contract with the 76ers in September.

Unlikely to return before break
FHouston Rockets
Ankle
February 26, 2021
Wood (ankle) isn't expected to return to the court for the Rockets before the All-Star break, Kelly Iko of The Athletic reports.
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Wood recently mentioned that he feels that his sprained right ankle is 80 percent healthy, but the team will proceed cautiously with the star big man and give him more time to recover before having him play. Before sprained his right ankle, Wood was enjoying an All-Star-caliber season with averages of 22.0 points (on 55.8 percent shooting from the field), 10.2 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 assists in 31.2 minutes.
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2019

A strong preseason performance earned Wood a roster spot with the Detroit Pistons. The power forward then appeared in 62 of 66 possible games for the Pistons during the COVID19-shortened 2019-20 season, with a dozen starts. The 24-year-old averaged per-game career highs in points (13.1), rebounds (6.3), assists (1.0), threes (0.9), blocks (0.9) and steals (0.5). He also shot career highs in field-goal percentage (56.7), three-point percentage (38.6) and free-throw percentage (74.4). On Oct. 28, Wood double-doubled via 19 points and 12 boards during a home win over the Pacers. For the season, Wood had 12 double-doubles. Jan 11, Wood generated 17 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and three blocks in a loss to the Bulls. Twice, in February, Wood dished a career-best five assists. That included a Feb. 7 gem in which Wood produced 27 points, 12 boards and five dimes in a loss at OKC. On Mar. 4, Wood delivered 29 points, a career-high five three-pointers and nine rebounds in a loss to the Thunder. Arguably his best performance of the season occurred Mar. 11 against the 76ers. In 39 minutes, Wood posted a career-best 32 points (14-18 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 1-4 FT), seven rebounds, three steals, two blocks and two assists. It was one of his two 30-point games. Wood's longest double-digit scoring streak was the final 16 games of the year. In 33.0 minutes per game, he averaged 21.6 points on 14.3 shots, 9.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.9 combined steals-plus-blocks per contest.

2018

After spending the 2017-18 season in the G League, Christian Wood he spent the 2018-19 season with the Bucks, G League Wisconsin Herd and the Pelicans. With both NBA teams, Wood displayed an ability to pile up the offensive statistics in a short amount of playing time. Although he played just 12 minutes per contest, Wood averaged an impressive 8.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. The UNLV alum shot over 52 percent from the field while nailing nearly 35 percent (34.6) of his shots from three-point land. Wood started with the Bucks, playing 13 games for Milwaukee and 28 games for the Herd. On Mar. 18, he was waived by the Bucks. Two days later, Wood was claimed by the Pelicans. For New Orleans' final eight games, Wood took his game to a new level. Over that span, Wood posted 16.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.3 blocks per game for the Pelicans. He delivered double figures in scoring in all but two of those contests, including a 25-point game against Sacramento on Mar. 28 and a career-high 26-point (and 12-rebound) effort against Golden State in the season finale on Apr. 9. He also blocked a whopping six shots against the Hawks on Mar. 26. If those contributions weren't enough, Wood proved to be a solid free-throw shooter. The 6-foot-10 forward has averaged 73.3 percent from the line over the past two seasons.

2017

Wood did not play in the NBA during the 2017-18 season. The 6-foot-10 power forward spent all of 2017-18 with the Delaware 87ers of the G League. With the 87ers, Wood appeared in a career-high 45 G League games. He averaged 23.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals over 33.1 minutes per game. The 22-year-old set a new G League career high with 46 points scored during a Mar. 11 win at Long Island. In that game, Wood also added 19 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks. Two nights later, Wood posted 44 points, 11 boards, one steal and one block during a home win over the Red Claws. The UNLV product ended the G League season on Mar. 24 with 25 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and three steals during a loss at Lakeland.

2016

In July of 2016, Wood signed an agreement with the Charlotte Hornets. The power forward appeared in 13 games with Charlotte, with most of those appearances occurring in late February and March. Wood also played in 18 games for the G League Greensboro Swarm. On Jan. 12 with the Swarm, Wood replicated his G League career-high of 45 points during a loss at Long Island. In that game, he also added 16 rebounds and an impressive eight blocks. The next night, he double-doubled for Greensboro with 21 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks during a home win over Delaware. From Feb. 25 to Mar. 20, Wood appeared in nine of the Hornet's 13 games and averaged 3.0 points, 2.2 boards and 0.4 blocks over 8.6 minutes per game. On Mar. 10 he scored a season-high 14 points, plus added five boards, during a home win over the Magic. Wood ended the NBA season with averages of 2.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.5 blocks over 8.2 minutes per contest.

2015

At 20 years of age, Wood played his rookie NBA season with the Philadelphia 76ers. Wood was not selected during the 2015 NBA Draft, but signed a multi-year contract with Phily on September 14th, 2015. He made his NBA debut on opening night, Oct. 28, and grabbed two rebounds in just under six minutes of run. The power forward appeared in 11 of the Sixers first 13 games and averaged 3.9 points, 2.5 boards and 0.5 blocks over 9.2 minutes per contest. That span included a Nov. 13 loss at Oklahoma City in which Wood scored a career-high 15 points to go with eight rebounds and two blocks. Wood then spent most of the season with the Delaware 87ers of the G League. In 32 games with Delaware, Wood delivered 17.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 0.7 three-pointers over 28.8 minutes per game. On Feb. 28, with the 87ers, Wood scored a G League career-high 45 points, with 14 boards and three steals, during a loss to Canton. On Mar. 18, Wood double-doubled with 40 points and 13 boards in a home win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. From December through April, Wood appeared in six more NBA games. On Apr. 12, the second-to-last game of the season, Wood delivered eight points, five boards and two blocks for the Sixers during a loss at Toronto.

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Transaction History
  • September 14, 2015
    Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Philadelphia 76ers
  • March 4, 2016
    Signed a 10-day contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • March 7, 2016
    Waived by the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • March 27, 2016
    Signed a 10-day contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • April 6, 2016
    Signed a contract for the rest of the 2016 season with the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • July 14, 2016
    Signed a two-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets, but the team option for 2017-18 was declined in April of 2017.
  • September 21, 2018
    Signed a two-year contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • March 18, 2019
    Waived by the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • March 20, 2019
    Claimed on waivers by the New Orleans Pelicans from the Milwaukee Bucks
  • July 15, 2019
    Waived by the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • July 17, 2019
    Claimed on waivers by the Detroit Pistons from the New Orleans Pelicans
  • November 20, 2020
    Signed a three-year, $41 million contract with the Houston Rockets.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Wood will join the Pistons after Detroit picked him up off waivers. He flashed dominant abilities in the G League and during a very brief stint with New Orleans last season, going for 16.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 23.6 minutes across eight games with the Pelicans. Wood hasn't caught on with any of the four teams he's played for in his three-year career, but he continues to show big upside which landed him a roster spot with the Pistons for the 2019-20 season. He's averaged 17.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per 36 minutes in his career, and significant playing time could put Wood on the fantasy radar. He'll have a tough time seeing the court with Thon Maker, Sekou Doumbouya and Markieff Morris all vying for a backup role in the frontcourt. Wood is probable safe to go undrafted in all but the deepest of leagues.
Undrafted out of UNLV last season, Wood split his rookie year between the 76ers and their D-League affiliate in Delaware. In 17 games for the Sixers, Wood averaged 3.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, with most of his minutes coming in garbage time. He unsurprisingly fared much better in the D-League, posting averages of 17.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in just under 29 minutes per game. The 6-foot-11 Wood knocked down 52.9 percent of his field-goal attempts but struggled to convert at a meager 25.3 percent clip from beyond the arc. After signing a two-year deal with Charlotte in July, Wood has some short-term stability, though the second year of the contract is a team option. The 21-year-old will likely again spend considerable time in the D-League in 2016-17, where he'll look to prove he's developed enough to warrant a consistent bench role at the NBA level.
Wood surprisingly went undrafted this year even after averaging 15.7 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.3 steals, and 2.7 blocks in 33 minutes per game through 33 contests at UNLV. After not getting a call on draft night, Wood agreed to sign as a free agent with the Rockets. Wood measures at 6-11, 216 pounds and has a wingspan of 7-3. While the Rockets frontcourt will be stacked this season (Dwight Howard, Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas, and Montrezl Harrell), general manager Daryl Morey must see something in the skinny, interesting prospect, and he could develop into something special if given the time. Until then, however, Wood doesn't appear to have much fantasy value this season unless a lot of the other options for the Rockets go down with an injury first.
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Likely out at least one more week
FHouston Rockets
Ankle
February 21, 2021
Wood (ankle) isn't considered close to returning and appears to have only an outside chance at being available to play before the All-Star break in early March in the most "optimistic" scenario, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Likely to miss more time
FHouston Rockets
Ankle
February 18, 2021
Rockets head coach Stephen Silas suggested Wednesday that Wood (ankle) is still expected to remain sidelined for "a while," Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports. "He's still walking with a limp and doing some very very light movement type stuff, but it's still gonna be a while for him," Silas said of Wood.
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Sidelined to begin week
FHouston Rockets
Ankle
February 15, 2021
Wood (ankle) is listed as out for Monday's game against the Wizards.
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Considered week-to-week
FHouston Rockets
Ankle
February 5, 2021
Wood will be evaluated on a weekly basis after being diagnosed with a right ankle sprain, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Out Saturday
FHouston Rockets
Ankle
February 5, 2021
Wood (ankle) is out Saturday against the Spurs.
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