Houston Rockets Christian Wood stat #2
At the time of Wood's signing, the Houston Rockets had a mountain of disfunction, as long-time GM Daryl Morey had decided to part ways with the franchise, in addition to former Coach of the Year Mike D'Antoni, who decided against signing a new contract. James Harden and Russell Westbrook had both reportedly expressed their desires to be elsewhere, making it hard to envision a top free agent like Wood coming to the Space City.
Wood got his Rockets career started off with a bang, scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds in the Rockets- opener, which made him the first player in over two decades to pull off the feat in the season-opener in franchise history. Wood joined Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Moses Malone as the only players in franchise history to have at least 31 points and 13 rebounds in an opening season game.
A quick peruse of this list shows the uniqueness of this feat, as the other three are all Hall of Famers. Sure, it's easier to make it to the Basketball Hall of Fame, and especially compared to other sports, as it's not just tied to a player's tenure in the NBA, unlike other sports.
But Malone, Barkley, and Olajuwon aren't just run-of-the-mill Basketball Hall of Famers (if such a thing exists), they are viewed as three of the all-time greats to ever play their position. The Rockets have also had other legendary big men (like Yao Ming and Ralph Sampson) who didn't even pull this off, so Wood being on this list makes it all the more impressive.