Houston Rockets: Why Christian Wood should be in the MVP conversation

Christian Wood #35 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
Christian Wood #35 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /
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Christian Wood #35 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /

Houston Rockets: How real is Christian Wood’s claim to MVP?

As discussed before, the MVP award is as much a team award as it is an individual one. Unfortunately, Wood’s team has let him down and outside of an epic turnaround, he doesn’t have much of a chance of garnering MVP buzz.

That doesn’t mean he isn’t deserving of MVP consideration. It isn’t his fault that MVP voters are essentially bad at their job, just like it isn’t his fault that his teammates are as well. Christian Wood deserves to be in the conversation because he has earned.

When he is on the court his team is substantially better. When he sits or misses an entire game his team falls apart. Wood’s value is that he makes a bad team a playoff team, which is a feat unto itself.

His statistics are equal to those that have won MVPs and are considered to be favorites for the award this season. When it’s all said and done, Christian Wood is an MVP candidate.

At the end of the season, if the Rockets are in the playoffs they’ll have Christian Wood to thank. He has been their best player and a stabilizing force in one of the most tumultuous seasons in the history of the franchise.

Sometimes it takes not having something to fully appreciate how important it is. Chrisitan Wood’s ankle injury and the Rockets’ complete collapse show just how valuable he is.

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When LeBron left the Cavaliers and joined the Miami Heat the Cavaliers went from winning 61 games to 19. Christian Wood might not be that impactful, but this six-game losing streak shows that he’s not that far off.