When the Dallas Mavericks were traded for Christian Wood a week before the NBA draft, it was clear how much promotion they were getting at the center position.
Last season with the Houston Rockets, Wood averaged 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 50.1 percent from the field, including 36 percent from depth. That kind of production, combined with the fact that he’s a versatile player, should have Luka Doncic licking his pieces in the 2022-23 season.
On Thursday, Wood surprised a group of excited kids by going to the Mavs Academy Hoop camp. In his first book On-camera interview Since the trade, Wood has expressed his happiness to be in Dallas and what his goals are for the upcoming season.
“I’m glad to be here,” Wood said. “It’s a great opportunity for me, for this organisation. Just trying to take the next step. I just want to win matches. My main goal is to try to reach the finals.”
The Mavs had three wins from reaching the NBA Finals last season, but they couldn’t beat the eventual champion Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. One of Dallas’ biggest weaknesses in last season’s playoff round was the production from the starting position position, and that weakness was addressed by the additions of Wood and JaVale McGee.
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Whether these additions are enough to make up for Galen Bronson’s loss to the New York Knicks in free agency is yet to be seen… and the Mavs can still make some moves in the coming months to meet the needs of their own game industry. However, Wood is confident that his arrival can take the Mavs to the next level. For now, though, he’ll still get to know Dallas before the real work begins at boot camp next month.
“Love the city,” Wood said. “[It’s]a little quieter than Houston, thank God.” “I had to try some of the food places here. The food is great. So I’m still working my way up.”
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