As part of our coverage leading up to the 2015 NBA Draft we will provide profiles of more than 60 prospects, including video interviews with each player, what they're saying leading up to draft day as well as their potential fit on the Bulls.
Christian Wood, F, UNLV
6'11" | 216 lbs. | 19 years old
15.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, 48.9 FG%, 32.9 minutes
Mid-to-late first round
"Versatility. I’m very versatile. Like I said before, if you put a big guy on me I have the ball handling skills to take him off the dribble and beat him, get a layup. If you put a smaller guy on me I have the ability to post up and finish over him."
Rotoworld mock draft selection:
23. Portland – Christian Wood, PF, UNLV: Wood is likely a boom-or-bust pick, showing crazy athleticism and raw talent as a sophomore at UNLV last year, while he’s got issues with his strength, fundamentals, physicality and maturity. With LaMarcus Aldridge’s future in Portland hanging in the balance, Wood could end up being an important pickup for them. However, I doubt he makes much of an impact in his first couple years in the league, either way.
Fit for the Bulls:
Wood is a classic project whose draft value won't be known until a few years down the line. He's 6-foot-11 and just 216 pounds, far too small for him to be expected to log significant minutes in his first year. And it's because of that that the Bulls probably would look elsewhere in the first round. Still, Wood has a phenomenal skill set that includes shot blocking, range out to the 3-point line, rebounding activity and an underrated post game. But he's got to prove he can translate it to the pro game, and he won't be able to do that unless he puts on some more muscle and can be efficient. It's easier said that done, which makes him a high-risk, high-reward pick that the Bulls would probably pass on.