After agreeing to terms with point guard Kendall Marshall two days prior, the Philadelphia 76ers has added a new face to their already crowded training camp roster.
Although not yet announced by the team, the agent for former UNLV power forward Christian Wood announced that he agreed to terms with the Sixers.
Proud to announce Christian Wood @Chriswood_5 has agreed to terms with the Philadelphia 76ers. #Sixers #ASM #UNLV #FindlayPrep— Matt Ramker (@MattRamker) September 7, 2015
A source told Liberty Ballers that the contract is four years, with a partial guarantee.
Wood spent two seasons at UNLV, averaging 15.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game while shooting 49.7% from the field. Largely considered a first-round talent, the 19-year-old went un-drafted after questions arose about his work ethic.
Draft Express had this to say about Wood, who they deemed as a mid-second round pick.
UNLV as a whole struggled quite a bit with effort, intensity, unselfishness and chemistry, which is the main reason why they finished with a sub-500 record in conference play, despite clearly having the most talented team in the Mountain West, so this may have a lot to do with the environment he was in as well.
Wood shows sparks of ability in a lot of different areas, but there isn't really one place he can really hang his hat on at the moment, which may make it difficult for him to get on the floor early on in his career for most NBA teams. He's clearly not ready to contribute immediately from either a physical or a mental standpoint, but with all the many things he brings to the table, it's clear that he has a very high ceiling.
On paper, Wood should be drafted much higher than where he is currently slated (in the 20s), as he is clearly a lottery-level talent with rare tools and impressive two-way potential. The hardest thing to find in today's NBA is a long-armed power forward who can block shots and make 3-pointers, two things Wood proved to be able to, albeit inconsistently. The fact that he also rebounds and finishes well around the basket makes him even more attractive.
He signed with the Houston Rockets for Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 6.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in four appearances.
Like most of the Sixers signings these past two seasons, this is a very low risk, high reward move for Philadelphia. Wood is a super athletic big man with a decent shooting stroke, and could be a good floor spacer next to Jahlil Okafor.
Wood's signing would put the Sixers at 21 players on their roster, and Derek Bodner notes that T.J. McConnell has yet to sign his training camp deal.