3. Power forward would be less taxing on Wood
The one negative for Wood during his Houston Rockets tenure thus far has been on the defensive end. At times Wood has been simply overmatched in the first two games on that end of the floor.
Although he has faced two of the best post-up bigs in the game in Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic, it is still evident that his biggest weakness is his lack of strength in the post. This leads us again to the premise that the Rockets would be better off moving Wood to the power forward position.
Wood, along with all the Rockets, was out of gas midway through the third quarter of Monday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets. Yes, the Denver altitude and the overtime game versus the Portland Trail Blazers had a lot to do with this but in Wood’s case, having to guard Jokic for most of the game also took a toll on the 6-10 forward who measures at 214 pounds.
As seen in the highlights from the loss, Jokic and centers of his type are too much for Wood in the post.
Again Jokic is one of the best centers in the league, if not the best center in the league, and it’s no shame to not be able to guard Jokic. But the constant banging in the paint will absolutely take away from Wood on the offensive side.
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