Rockets coach Stephen Silas campaigns for Christian Wood to get MVP votes
Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid are the big men dominating the MVP conversation thus far. However, Houston Rockets head coach Stephen Silas feels Christian Wood should be included.
Wood suffered an ankle injury Feb. 4 against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Rockets have not won a game since, losing each of their last six contests. Silas said he mused to Wood this current losing streak should earn him some MVP votes:
“I was joking with him today, you should get a few MVP votes because we haven’t won a game since [you’ve] been out,” Silas said, via Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic.
Silas also gave an update on Wood’s ankle, indicating the 25-year-old is likely to be sidelined for an indefinite period of time:
“He’s still walking with a limp and doing some very very light movement type stuff, but it’s still gonna be a while for him,” Silas said, via Bijani.
Wood was well on his way to being a top candidate for Most Improved Player, along with the player who effectively replaced him on the Detroit Pistons, Jerami Grant.
The former Pistons big first burst onto the scene after being installed as Detroit’s starting center late last year. Wood’s strong play led to widespread interest, though the Rockets ultimately landed him in a sign-and-trade.
Wood impressed early this season with his new team. He averaged 22.0 points and 10.2 rebounds in his first 17 games, shooting 55.8 percent from the field and 42.1 percent from beyond the arc.
Houston has struggled to score the ball without Wood. The Rockets have failed to eclipse the 100-point mark in three of the last six games, falling to 26th in offensive rating.
Victor Oladipo’s injury is only adding to Houston’s woes, but Wood really does reserve recognition for his massive importance to the team.