Houston Rockets: 10 possible replacements for Christian Wood

P.J. Tucker #17 of the Houston Rockets talks with Tyson Chandler #19 (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Ersan Ilyasova #7 of the Milwaukee Bucks (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Rockets: Players that could replace Christian Wood — 1. Ersan Ilyasova

Fresh off of the 2019-20 season in which Ersan Ilyasova was in his 12th season in the NBA, the 6-foot-9 power forward continued to flash his consistency from long-range, as he made 36.5 percent of his threes, while providing vital shooting for the Milwaukee Bucks on the second unit. Ilvasova had hovered around there for the last several years, but hadn’t actually made that high of a clip since the 2015-16 season in which he made 37.1 percent from deep.

Ilyasova played just 15.7 minutes per game in Milwaukee, and posted averages of 15.1 points and 11 rebounds per 36, posting true shooting splits of 58.9 percent, which was a career best. Ilyasova also made the 20th-most threes among players with less than 1000 minutes, proving he can still shoot, even at the age of 32-years-old.

On a Rockets offense that has been pass-friendly, Ilyasova would yield a ton of looks from three, and his catch-and-shoot long-range shooting numbers should make Houston Rockets fans salivate.

  • 2019-20: 38.1 percent
  • 2018-19: 36.6 percent
  • 2017-18: 38.9 percent
  • 2016-17: 38.5 percent
  • 2015-16: 38.2 percent
  • 2014-15: 38.9 percent

I could go on, but you get the point.

Ilyasova is a career 36.5 percent long-range shooter and could still cash in on those opportunities. Ilyasova has career averages of 10.3 points and 5.7 rebounds, and could thrive in a limited role as a temporary fill-in for Wood.

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