Milwaukee gives Christian Wood final roster spot, cuts Tyler Zeller days before season opener
With the 2018-19 NBA season set to commence in a couple of days, teams around the league are rounding out their 15-man rosters for their respective campaigns.
Center Christian Wood has made the Bucks’ roster after an impressive preseason, a source said.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) October 14, 2018
Wood had a strong showing in summer league and in the preseason, and this definitely helped him earn his spot on the Bucks’ final roster to begin the 2018-19 season. In four preseason outings, the 6-foot-10 Wood averaged an impressive 13.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, and a shade under one block per game. He also shot a solid 67 percent from the field.
Unfortunately, this comes at the expense of center Tyler Zeller, who was with Milwaukee last season, per Matt Velasquez of The Journal Sentinel.
Per source, the Bucks waived Tyler Zeller today. I didn't see him at practice today, but wasn't sure if that was just because he was somewhere behind the scenes. This answers that question.
Last men standing for the Bucks' final roster spot are Tim Frazier & Christian Wood.
— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) October 13, 2018
In 24 games with the Bucks last year, Zeller averaged 5.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and shot 59 percent from the field in around 17 minutes per game. The Bucks acquired the 7-foot big man in the middle of the season in a trade for Rashad Vaughn and a second round pick with the Brooklyn Nets.
Despite entering the season without an NBA team for the first time in his career, Zeller is still skilled enough to garner a roster spot at some point this season. Some team out there in need of a low-end big man will probably pick up his services as the season progresses.