Christian Wood has set an ambitious goal for the upcoming season: the “Dallas Mavericks” rookie wants to reach the NBA finals. After the seasonal trade, he already feels comfortable in his new home.
“I’m happy to be here,” Wood said at the Mavs Academy’s junior basketball camp. “This is a great opportunity for me and the organization. I just want to take the next step. I want to win games. My main goal is to reach the final.”
The Mavs secured their most high-profile acquisition in the offseason in a trade with the Houston Rockets. For the 26-year-old big man, Dallas sent Sterling Brown, Trey Burke, Marcus Chris, Boban Marjanovic and Wendell Moore Jr. to rival Texas.
Wood averaged 17.9 points and 10.1 rebounds on 50.1 percent from the field and 39.0 percent from the three-point line last season. Wood has become a solid scorer in his six years in the NBA, but he has yet to make the playoffs with his previous teams.
Meanwhile, the Mavs made it to the Western Conference Finals last season, where they lost in five games to eventual champion Golden State. The Mavs lost a key playmaker in Jalen Brunson in the offseason, who they couldn’t replace. Despite the addition of Wood in the bigs, who should become a versatile pick ‘n’ roll and pick ‘n’ pop partner for Luka Doncic, it may be difficult for Dallas to have a deep playoff position again next season in the strong West. to run
However, Wood reiterated that he has been very happy in Dallas so far. “I love the city. It’s a little more laid back than Houston, thank goodness,” he explained. “I’ve tried several restaurants, the food is great. I’m still learning everything.” But he already knows his new teammates. “I’ve talked to everybody,” Wood said.