San Antonio Spurs free-agent targets: Christian Wood, Detroit Pistons
It didn’t take long for Pistons big man Christian Wood to get used to playing big minutes for Detroit after center Andre Drummond was shipped off to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The former UNLV center has bounced around five different organizations since going undrafted in 2015 and has worked diligently to establish himself as a reliable, go-to player for his teams.
Wood stood out amongst the pack during his multiple stints in the G-League before landing in Detroit for the 2019-20 season and has become a marquee player for a franchise direly in need of a boost. However, the Pistons don’t have any rights to Wood after this year and now, he can decide his future after proving that he’s worthy of a significant role in the NBA.
During 62 games with the Pistons, Wood averaged 13.1 points per game on 56.7 percent shooting from the field and a noteworthy 38.6 percent shooting from deep. He’s a skilled rebounder, averaging 14.5 boards per 100 possessions which would rank second on the Spurs of qualifying players.
What stood out the most was his sustained scoring prowess once the keys to the team were handed over to him. Wood posted 22.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and a block over his final 15 games of the season and even increased his shooting percentages in the process. He’s a versatile scorer and an even more versatile defensive player at 24-years-old.
If I were the Spurs, Wood instantly becomes my No. 1 target in free agency this year. I’d do whatever it takes to get him in San Antonio because of his upside, versatility and ability to play both big man positions alongside LaMarcus Aldridge, Jakob Poeltl and Trey Lyles.