San Antonio Spurs Draft Prospect: Christian Wood

By George Middleton

Christian Wood: 19-years old, UNLV, Power Forward

Draft Express Measurements (Draft Combine): 6″10.5, 216-pounds, 7″3.25 wingspan

2014-15 Stats: 15.7 points, 1o.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.7 blocks, 0.3 steals, 50% field goals, 74% free-throws, 28% threes, 32.7 minutes

Quick Season Review: Despite having a terrific duo in Christian Wood and Rashad Vaughn the UNLV Rebels struggled this season (18-15 record). Wood was one of the most improved players in the country, as he went from averaging 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds as a freshman to a double-double machine that should get drafted late in the first round, as a sophomore. Wood had nine games of at least 20 points and 20 games of at least 10 rebounds. His best game of the season came against Fresno State, when he finished with 29 points, 17 rebounds, and 7 blocks. He followed that with a 31 point game, 9 rebound, and 5 blocks game against Air Force.

Strengths: Excellent rebounder with terrific size for a power forward. Terrific shot-blocker with athleticism. Solid mid-range game with improving range. Good free-throw shooter for a big, that gets to the line (4.9 attempts per game). Has the ability to take a few dribbles and attack basket. Makes the right plays on offense.

Weaknesses: Must improve in post and add weight. Turnover prone for a big (2.4 turnovers). Despite being a terrific shot blocker, he can improve defensively. Improve post defense. Finishing strong around basket. If he doesn’t add weight, he might be a “tweener”.

Where He Would Help Spurs? 

Will bring size, constant energy and terrific shot-blocking to the Spurs right off the bat. Spurs are missing quality backup big men. Wood can learn from Tim Duncan, how to become a better post scorer and defender.

NBA Comparison: Ersan Ilyasova

Christian Wood’s game is similar to Ersan Ilyasova, except he is a way better shot blocker and Ilyasova is a better shooter. Both have terrific size for the power forward spot and are capable of taking a dribble or two unlike most bigs.

Below is a Christian Wood highlights video uploaded by Dakota Schmidt.

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