Christian Wood, PF, UNLV
A young player with plenty of room to grow, Christian Wood may take a little time to develop, but could be worth the wait down the road if the Lakers show some patience.
Wood has great size for the position (6’11, 7’2 Wingspan) and is an excellent athlete to boot. He does great work on boards averaging 10 per game, as well as an impressive 2.6 blocks per night as well showing his potential as a rim protector. Offensively, Wood has a very promising perimeter game shooting 45 percent on two-point jump shots as a sophomore and may even develop range out to the three-point line.
That is also where some questions begin to arise about him as he has a tendency to float around the perimeter at times. Scouts would like to see him on the block more, but he will need to continue to develop his thin frame as well. At only 220 pounds he can be pushed around in the post and that won’t fly in the NBA.
Overall, Wood is a bit of a project, but has a very intriguing combination of skills. He combines the defensive and rebounding prowess of Ed Davis with the improving perimeter game of Jordan Hill. With the Lakers possibly losing one or both this summer, getting someone like Wood in the fold could be perfect and may be a worthwhile investment.