First up on our list is a player we’ve oft suggested should be on the Boston Celtics’ radar. Heck, even this past trade-deadline we heavily suggested that the C’s should look into acquiring Christian Wood for a relatively low cost.
The team, however, opted to stand pat and, leading up to the league’s hiatus, it looked to have been a solid route to take for the team as they went on to clinch their sixth consecutive playoff berth. The idea was they didn’t want to shake up their rotation that was finding much success on the season.
Totally makes sense!
However, with Wood’s impending free agency this offseason, Boston will have the opportunity to add the big man outright without having to sacrifice anyone of relevance from their team.
On the season, the 24 year old saw himself averaging solid averages of 13.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and just under a block per game on 57 percent shooting from the floor and 39 percent shooting from deep.
However, it was after the Detroit Pistons traded away their starting center Andre Drummond when Wood started to truly thrive.
As a starter this season the big posted very impressive averages of 21.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and just shy of a block per game on 56 percent shooting from the floor and 41 percent shooting from beyond the arc. He boasted a 121 offensive rating and a 114 defensive rating, all while proving he can be a prime option to have as a team’s starting big.
He can work his magic in the paint with his solid post moves and stature (6-10, 214 pounds) while also being capable of spacing the floor. Defensively, he’s shown to have an impressive instinct when it comes to swatting shots and possesses the athleticism to stick with his assignment.
Perhaps more pricey than the next two options on this list, but with his skillset coupled with his age, Christian Wood could prove to be a great big to have for this young roster on a long term contract.