Potential future Knicks player: Christian Wood
Like the Knicks, the Detroit Pistons will watch the remainder of the NBA season from home. The Pistons finished one game worse than the Knicks at 20-46, which also gives them a slight edge in the NBA lottery scheduled for late August.
We will have to wait and see how the ping pong balls fall, but perhaps the Knicks can jump Detroit another way by stealing pending free agent Christian Wood.
New York was reportedly enamored with Wood based on reporting by Ian Begley back in March. It’s unclear if the new front office, with president Leon Rose adding several new faces to the mix over the past several weeks, feel the same way about the forward who had a breakout campaign this past season.
Only 24-years-old, Wood’s unconventional path as an undrafted player makes him a free agent at a relatively early age. The 6-foot-10 power forward saw his role increase this year due to the injury to Andre Drummond.
In 62 games, Wood averaged 13.1 points while grabbing 6.3 rebounds and keeping defenses honest with over two three-point attempts per game. The young forward doesn’t really project as the type of stretch big that could help spread the Knicks offense, but he has a lot of untapped potential.