After turning in a stellar 2019-20 campaign, Christian Wood hit the free agency market in 2020 as arguably the biggest fish. The Houston Rockets made an early offer to the 6-foot-10 big man, and later agreed on a three-year deal worth $41 million, which was easily a bargain for a player who posted averages of 22.3 points and 9.5 rebounds, while shooting 56% from the field and 41% from long-range following the Andre Drummond trade.
Wood posted averages of 21 points and 9.6 rebounds during his first season in the Space City but missed 31 games due to injury. Wood quite possibly could have been an All-Star were it not for him suffering an ankle injury, and especially considering the fact that both Anthony Davis and Devin Booker were last-minute All-Star scratches due to injuries of their own.
Wood finished 22nd in double-doubles with 19, but played the fewest number of games among anyone within the top 39 on the list. Despite Wood's strong season in 2020-21, he was passed over on the United States Men's Olympic team, with Kevin Love initially getting a spot on the roster, followed by JaVale McGee after Love was a scratch.
2 stats that show the truth behind Houston Rockets big man Christian Wood's tweet
Wood has been using the slights against him as motivation, as evidenced by his tweet on Tuesday.
It's worth noting that there isn't much else on-the-court that Wood needs to prove to get the star status that he has yet to receive, aside from remaining healthy. But there are several stats that show why Wood should be more of a household name than he currently is.
Let's take a look at them.