On Wednesday night, the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks shocked the NBA world. The Rockets agreed to trade power forward Christian Wood to the Mavs in exchange for Sterling Brown, Trey Burke, Boban Marjanovic, Marquese Chriss and the 26th overall pick in the NBA Draft.
The move adds a big piece to the puzzle for Dallas. Wood is an incredibly effective player. He averaged 17.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game this past season. Meanwhile, the Rockets added a first-round pick and a number of role players. On it's face, the deal feels very one-sided.
Once news broke on the trade, NBA fans did not hold back online. Some clearly in favor of the trade for Dallas. Others, did not appear nearly as enthusiastic.
getting Christian Wood Losing
and opening multiple Boban
— trey scardino (@treyscardino) June 16, 2022
Thats what Christian Wood trade value was at???
— KENNY BEECHAM (@KOT4Q) June 16, 2022
Mavs kept their core while getting rid of useless depth and received Christian Wood. Great trade for them pic.twitter.com/PQ3zVB77UZ
— 𝙃𝙚𝙖𝙩𝘾𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚🔥 (@WadexFlash) June 16, 2022
Mavs traded a late 1st and benchwarmers for Christian Wood we traded a late 1st and benchwarmers for Landry Shamet lord help me it’s not fair.
— RB (@RyB_311) June 16, 2022
Offloading porzingis for christian wood pic.twitter.com/Qr2kZV8hP0
— JC (@JayiguessC) June 16, 2022
Dwight Powell was our starting center and mfs are on here crying about getting Christian Wood for a bag of chips 😭😭😭😭
— Zach (optimistic Mavericks fan) (@627zach) June 16, 2022
Regardless of what fans may think of the trade, it's hard to argue that Dallas is not better right now. They were already in the Western Conference Final last season, pushing the Golden State Warriors to six games. There was a clear need in the front court, especially on the offensive end of the floor.
Wood should be a great fit for the Mavs on that end. His length and athleticism is something Dallas has not had down low, despite the success of the team. Kristaps Porzingis, despite being over seven feet tall, was more of a perimeter player. Wood can work in the pain, but can also shoot from the outside. He's not known as a great defensive player or rim protector. But Dwight Powell is still there.