WHO DAT? #1
The first player I will be doing for this series is Christian Wood. Wood went undrafted in the 2015 draft, but had short stints with the Sixers and Hornets on two-way contracts after spending the 2015 summer league with the Rockets. Wood wasn’t a major contributor at all in the 15-16 season and 16-17 season, so he spent last year in the summer league. There, he averaged 23 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal, and 2 assists. He got on offer to play this past summer league with the Bucks, and boy did he impress. Wood got All Summer League First Team - ahead of names such as Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley Jr. (who I’ll admit did miss a good amount of games). This last preseason, Wood averaged 13.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, and a block per game. His most impressive preseason game was when he went for 19 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 blocks against the Thunder. Milwaukee had to cut journeyman Tyler Zeller (and technically Tim Frazier) to have Wood make the final roster, so obviously they see potential in him, as they should. Wood is super athletic, long, and there just happens to not be a long-term starting center for the Bucks that fits the timeline of the other young players. Right now, Brook Lopez is the starting center and will likely stay that way all of his one-year contract. John Henson is the next in line, with Thon Maker as third string, but he’s likely to play a backup role in power forward as well. Henson is solid, and Maker isn’t living up to the hype that’s been expected of him. The Bucks haven’t been afraid to make aggressive moves (firing Jason Kidd, letting Jabari Parker walk, keeping DJ Wilson😂, etc.), so I expect Maker to be traded this season unless he has obvious improvement. Giannis, Maker, and Wood would be a hard trio to drive through due to their length, and although that likely won’t be the future starting lineup of forwards and center, it’s still scary to think about, and that’s without thinking of their offensive capabilities. Wood has been playing real solid in the G-League, yet he has shown that he is ready for that next step and I expect his role to be heavily increased this year. That’s who dat is.