When the Dallas Mavericks traded for Christian Wood per week before the NBA Draft, it was obvious how much of an upgrade they were getting at the middle position.
Last season with the Houston Rockets, Wood averaged 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and a couple of.3 assists per game while shooting 50.1 percent from the sector, including 36 percent from deep. That type of production, paired with the indisputable fact that he’s a flexible pick-and-roll/pick-and-pop player, has to have Luka Doncic licking his chops heading into the 2022-23 season.
On Thursday, Wood surprised a bunch of excited children by showing as much as the Mavs Academy Hoop Camp. In his first on-camera interview because the trade, Wood expressed how joyful he’s to be in Dallas and what his goals are for the upcoming season.
“Glad to be here,” said Wood. “It’s an important opportunity for me, for this organization. Just attempting to take that next step. I just need to win games. My most important objective is attempting to get to the finals.”
The Mavs got inside three wins of reaching the NBA Finals last season, but they weren’t in a position to overcome the eventual champion Golden State Warriors within the Western Conference Finals. One in all Dallas’ biggest weaknesses in last season’s playoff run was the production from the starting center position, and that weakness has been addressed with the additions of Wood and JaVale McGee.
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Whether those additions are enough to make up for the lack of Jalen Brunson to the Latest York Knicks in free agency has yet to be seen … and the Mavs could still make some moves in the approaching months to deal with their playmaking needs. Nonetheless, Wood is confident that his arrival can take the Mavs to the subsequent level. For now, though, he’ll proceed to familiarize himself with Dallas before the true motion gets underway in training camp next month.
“Love town. (It’s) just a little bit calmer than Houston, thank God,” said Wood. “Needed to try just a few food spots out here. The food is great. So I’m still working my way around.”
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