I've been intrigued by Wood in the past. He seems to be able to produce at a pretty high level. However, being on five teams in five years raises legitimate concerns. I'm not sure what he's done, or hasn't done to bounce around so much. His per 36 are routinely good.
What is he going to get paid this coming season? What's your estimate?
Def concerns to be vetted out. It comes down to if the organization can reasonably believe that his issues are overblown and that he is someone ready to buy into a program and be developed. Investment in him can go one of two ways IMO: (1) troublemaker gets comfortable after securing the bag and goes back to his old antics (see Whiteside) or (2) he's encouraged by an organization finally committing to him and believing in him and his immense talent is maximized.
I have NO IDEA on these issues or how this will go. I'm confident the Heat org can do a better job of vetting this than I can. So, TBD.
But, damn he is talented and IMO his specific skillset can be even more valuable due to how perfectly he can fit next to Bam (see the Synergy with Brook Lopez next to Giannis).
High efficiency offense that is not tied to high usage and thus can scale up with an increased role without having to draw up plays for him. Legitimate shooting ability as a floor spacer. Great finisher around the rim. Great in the pick and roll.
Best suited as an in-the-paint defender with flashes of real rim protection ability but also can survive on switches on the perimeter in a pinch. His knock on defense seems to largely be getting lost in scheme at times. But, I feel some of that might be attributed to never having any continuity. He's got the tools to be a plus defender and allow Bam to be in the versatile defensive role he thrives in.
Once Drummond was traded Wood averaged 23 and 10 on 65% TS in 10 games starting for detroit.
Opponent FG% of 56.9% around the rim with Wood nearby (average for a center--improvement compared to the guys we've paired Bam with).
Opponents scoring .92 points per possession when Wood is defender the screener in pick and rolls (85th percentile)
Detroit was +11 points per 100 possessions better with Wood on the court (+8 on offense and +3 on defense)
Offensive RAPM: +1.64 (elite)
Defensive RAPM: +0.45 (good)
Offensive RAPTOR: +1.9 (excellent)
Defensive RAPTOR: +2.6 (excellent)
Offensive PIPM: +2.17 (excellent)
Defensive PIPM: +0.81 (good)
From what I've read, his market might trend towards around $15M per year. Might be a tough pill to swallow because of his concerns, but solely from a fit and potential perspective I see it as a potential foundational addition next to Bam. Definitely in a different ball park from all the other potential big man additions mentioned aside from AD.https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=I7DKSRrmCws&feature=emb_title