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Ranking the Roster 2018: Christian Wood on the Chopping Block

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The LVSL First Team Forward exits the community rankings, despite a non-guaranteed training camp deal.

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Another vote, and another day where Matthew Dellavedova survives elimination. Last time it was Tyler Zeller, and today the voters decided that the least valuable remaining Milwaukee Buck was everyone’s favorite undrafted UNLV prospect, Christian Wood.

Wood has played very little in the pros, only 30 games across the last two years. However, he showed a certain dynamism as a rim protector and pick & roller, averaging 20.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in five Vegas games. He’s a skinny big man, but at only 23 has at least shown the type of natural talent that has a chance at breaking onto an NBA roster.

That is, of course, if there’s room made for him on a roster. With 14 guaranteed contracts, Wood will have to beat out the odds-on favorite (Zeller) and the other unguaranteed contender (Shabazz Muhammad) to make the team on opening night. But this exercise isn’t for Jon Horst, but for us, and it flummoxes me that Wood got the boot over Delly.

For reference, Delly is 28 years old, plays slow, shoots slower, and is guaranteed (at this point) to get paid roughly 100,000,000,000 times (estimated) more than Wood for his basketball services. With Delly, you have a player with a well-defined floor, and a ceiling that is mere inches above it. With Wood, he could top out as a rotation-level NBA center, but at the minimum that’s a valuable flyer to take!

And oh yeah, John Henson is still on the board, as well.

Poll

The next least valuable Buck on the roster is...

This poll is closed

  • 37%
    John Henson
    (191 votes)
  • 9%
    Sterling Brown
    (47 votes)
  • 11%
    Pat Connaughton
    (57 votes)
  • 35%
    Matthew Dellavedova
    (184 votes)
  • 0%
    Brook Lopez
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Ersan Ilyasova
    (2 votes)
  • 2%
    Donte DiVincenzo
    (14 votes)
  • 1%
    Tony Snell
    (10 votes)
  • 1%
    Thon Maker
    (10 votes)
516 votes total Vote Now