Houston Rockets: Christian Wood All-Star snub reason #3: He has All-Star level impact
The single greatest indicator of a player’s All-Star candidacy is how they affect winning. When Christian Wood is on the court the Rockets have an offensive rating of 112.8 and a defensive rating of 109.6 for a net rating of +3.2.
The Philadelphia 76ers, owners of the best record in the Eastern Conference and the employers of two All-Stars in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, have an offensive rating of 112.6 and a defensive rating of 109.7 for a net rating of +2.9. When Wood is on the court the Rockets are a little bit better than the Sixers.
It’s not a surprise that Wood makes the Rockets better when he plays, but his impact becomes even more striking when you see how they fare when he sits. When Wood is off the court the Rockets post an offensive rating of 104.5 and a defensive rating of 110.8 for a net rating of -6.3.
The simple arithmetic for the Rockets is that they are 9.5 points better per 100 possessions when Wood is on the court compared to when he sits. Another way to look at it is they go from being the worst offense in the NBA and a bottom-three team in the league without Wood to the Philadelphia 76ers with him.
The Rockets without Christian Wood are the epitome of a dumpster fire. Their offense is pathetic and their vaunted defense takes a step back. All-Stars affect winning on both ends of the court and Wood’s case is as good as anyone’s.
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