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2015-16 Sixers Player Evaluation: Christian Wood

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    2015-16 Sixers Player Evaluation: Christian Wood
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    2015-16 Sixers player evaluation: Christian Wood

    Over the last few weeks, we have evaluated the Sixers' roster after the 10-72 season.

    In our final player evaluation, we take a look at Christian Wood.

    Position: Power forward

    Status: $1,045,059 qualifying offer

    Signature game
    Wood spent most of the season in the D-League and played only 17 games for the Sixers. His NBA season best came on Nov. 13 in a 102-85 lopsided loss to the Thunder. Wood scored 15 points (5 of 7 from the floor) and grabbed eight rebounds with two blocks.

    Wood's strongest performance took place with the 87ers. He posted 45 points (19 of 26 from the field), 14 rebounds and three steals in February against the Charge.

    Wood in 2015-16
    Wood left UNLV early and was undrafted last June. He went through training camp with the Sixers and made it past final roster cuts. Wood had a four-game stretch in November in which he averaged 17.5 minutes, 8.3 points and 5.8 rebounds.

    But there wasn't enough consistent playing time for Wood on the roster, and the Sixers assigned him to the D-League to get significant minutes. He averaged 17.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 28.8 minutes over 32 games (22 starts) for the 87ers.

    When the Sixers were hit by injuries late in the season and found themselves without Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor, they signed Wood to a 10-day contract on March 17. He flew cross-country from Delaware to California the morning of the Sixers' game against the Warriors and logged five minutes. The Sixers inked Wood for the rest of the season on April 7. His role in this most recent stint was minimal, playing in three out of nine remaining games for a total of 31 minutes.

    Overall, Wood averaged 3.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 8.0 minutes over 17 NBA games.

    Prospectus
    Wood could receive an invitation to play for the Sixers in summer league. However, he seems like a long shot to make the roster again next season. When their bigs are healthy, the Sixers already have too many without adding Wood to the mix. Even when the lineup was depleted at the end of the season, he didn't see many minutes. That's not to say another team wouldn't give him a look, especially given his size and athleticism.

    On Wood
    "You just want to take his 7-foot frame and throw him into a gym that's going to be extremely uptempo. We want to see his athleticism get up and down the floor. We want to encourage him to shoot the ball. He's a pick-and-pop big, he has that ability in him. We want to see particularly his shot-blocking ability at the rim. He jumps twice quick, he can hit a floor and miss it and then go straight back up. We like that side of him." - Brett Brown

    "The NBA game and the D-League game are two totally different games. Playing up there and coming down here, it helped me out a lot." - Wood