In the upcoming 2020 offseason, the San Antonio Spurs need to keep their eyes on free agent big man Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons.
Prior to the 2019-20 NBA season, big man Christian Wood was not a very widely admired commodity. He had played 51 total NBA games across three seasons in a very minor role. He’s on an expiring $1.6 million deal with the Detroit Pistons and could be a feasible target for the San Antonio Spurs in free agency.
Wood is a complete modern player standing at 6-foot-10. He has started in 12 games for the Detroit Pistons this year and is averaging All-Star-level numbers in that short span. Wood is putting up 21.9 points and 9.4 boards per game as a starter while hitting 56 percent of his shots and an astounding 40.8 percent of his threes.
Once the Pistons decided to move on from rebounding extraordinaire Andre Drummond at the trade deadline, it was easy for Pistons coach Dwane Casey to see that Wood was the next man up. He spent the season as a highly-productive player off the bench who would step up for extended periods of time with Drummond resting.
For the Spurs, the 24-year-old big provides some of the most important tools of a young big man for a team trending younger: Rebounding, defensive chops, athleticism and versatility. He’s a coachable player whose been with some excellent leaders in Milwaukee, New Orleans and Detroit. Wood has worked extremely hard to get to where he is since going undrafted in 2015.
The former UNLV Runnin’ Rebel is going to be one of the most talked-about free agents in this upcoming class. Detroit is going to do everything they can to keep him there as their starting big man of the future, but his unrestricted status is going to make him a hot commodity at just 24.
Larger dominoes are going to fall first, but Wood is a great fit for San Antonio and they should do everything in their power to bring him along.