Bucks Lead

Opportunities Remain Limited for Wood


Milwaukee Bucks center Christian Wood continues to show out for the Wisconsin Herd, but has yet to get a real chance to showcase his skills on the NBA stage this season.

Wood stuffs the stat sheet nightly in the G-League (28.6 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 2.5 BPG), having most of us wondering why he hasn’t cracked into Mike Budenholzer’s rotations yet. He’s appeared in just six games for the Bucks this season– three of which occurred in October.

Wood Gets the 1st Call, But Not the 2nd

The Bucks have called Wood up twice during this holiday season, but have handed him an inactive role on both occasions. Per NBA rules, teams can carry 15 players on their roster (excluding two-way players) but can only list 13 active. This means healthy or not, two players are required to appear in suits rather than shorts. Ersan Ilyasova has occupied one of those with his broken nose, but Wood has occupied the other when with the Bucks.

No Room in Rotation

As good as he’s been for the Herd, the Bucks have no current needs to switch things up given the team’s success as of late. Brook Lopez has been phenomenal. And although Thon Maker’s game is still uncertain, changing things up just isn’t in the cards right now.

Opportunities Remain Limited

Ilyasova’s injury paved the way for DJ Wilson’s breakout campaign, but with Ilyasova reportedly due to return soon, this deepens the roster that much further.

We know he has what it takes– it’s just a matter of finding time for him. Coach Bud has rested players in his past tenure with Atlanta, so barring any injuries, this may be the nearest opportunity for Wood to finally get his shot.





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