2. The Rockets have better options at center
Aside from the fact that moving Wood to the power forward position would help conserve his energy, by preventing him from having to battle and contest with opposing centers who are much bigger than him, there’s also another reason why the Rockets shouldn’t play Wood at center: they signed DeMarcus Cousins for that exact purpose.
Many may have doubts about Cousins, as he’s been unproven over the last several seasons, due to his inability to stay healthy, in addition to the fact that Cousins has yet to suit up for the Rockets.
Although Cousins has not played a regular-season game yet in 2020-21, he is obviously the best option for the Houston Rockets at the center position. Ideally, Cousins would come off the bench, as it would benefit the team to have him facing bench players, while also would allowing him to dominate opposing reserves.
But with the Rockets’ lack of size, it would be a better idea to insert Cousins in the starting lineup at the center position, while also moving Wood to the power forward position. Cousins may not be the mobile defensive center that can defend every position on the floor, but he is still one of the strongest players in the league and was surely missed against the Blazers and Nuggets.
There are not too many players that can move Cousins out of the post offensively or defensively. Playing Cousins at center will free up Wood to guard more mobile big men who are not as terrorizing as a center on the inside, and especially in today’s NBA.
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