Houston Rockets: Christian Wood stat #1
Although Wood was in his first full season in which he was asked to be the de-facto scorer, he manned the fort and adapted quickly. Wood was also playing with a first-year coach in Stephen Silas and dealt with lineup changes all throughout the season, as the Rockets had seemingly a record number of injuries.
Wood had a historic season in many respects, as he posted a full statline of 21 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1,2 blocks, while making 51.4% of his shots, and 37.4% of his threes. Although these numbers may not jump off the page, there were only two other players in 2020-21 who averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds, while making 50% of their shot attempts and 37% of their threes (with a minimum of 3 attempts per game).
The other two, you ask? Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic, both of whom were MVP finalists, with the latter taking home the trophy. Talk about elite company.
But going further, prior to 2020-21, this statistic had only been pulled off by two other players in NBA history, with John Collins pulling off the feat in 2019-20 and Karl Anthony-Towns posting the statline in four consecutive seasons between 2016-2020.
And Collins just received a five-year deal worth $125 million with the Atlanta Hawks in free agency, while Anthony-Towns is on a five-year deal worth $158 million. Once again, this is also great company for Wood to be in.
So although Wood hasn't morphed into a household name among NBA fans , the numbers reveal a far different story.