While Wood was only with Philadelphia for a short while, he is certainly a Process success story. Now with his sixth team, Christian Wood has found some semblance of consistency and proven himself to be an evolving player. He has worked immensely hard to transform his game into one that suits the modern NBA and would have been a contender for the Most Improved Player award had he played more games (41).
Wood suffered from a slow start at the beginning of this season, but as of late, he has turned things around and looked like a serious difference-maker.
The numbers Wood has put up are likely not sustainable, but he could very well average around 20 points and 10 rebounds. Under the right circumstance, Wood can make a fantastic addition to a playoff team, and word has it that he just might be on the market:
So Should the Sixers Reunite With Christian Wood?
Right off the bat, the obvious issue is the fit alongside Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid. Wood is a Center who can play Power Forward, while Tobias Harris is a Power Forward who cannot play Small Forward. With Joel Embiid’s job as secure as one can be, that means the only logical path would be to start Wood at the four and trade Tobias Harris.
If the Sixers could find a solid deal for Harris, perhaps involving Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley (Bagley to Houston), then there’s a shot this could be logical. Unfortunately, that’s a lot of ifs for what is still a questionable fit at best.
Christian Wood can stretch the floor a bit but not enough to make it worth Philly’s while. He’s also a better pain defender than a perimeter defender, which would severely limit the team defensively.
While the temptation is certainly there to mix up the Sixers’ roster, Christian Wood may not be the best use of assets. Especially after the Al Horford debacle, it’s unlikely the Sixers rush into a similar situation.