Detroit Pistons’ Christian Wood has the ideal potential for the Knicks

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The Detroit Pistons will watch the rest of the NBA season from home. The Pistons finished a worse game than the Knicks in 20-46, which also gives them a slight edge in the NBA lottery scheduled for late August.

We’ll have to wait and see how the ping pong balls fall, but maybe the Knicks can jump Detroit another way by stealing the free agent Christian Wood.

New York was reportedly in love with Wood based on news from Ian Begley in March. It’s unclear if the new front office, with President Leon Rose adding several new faces to the mix in the past few weeks, feels the same way for the attacker who ran a breakout campaign last season.

Only a 24 year old, Wood’s unconventional path as an untapped player makes him a free agent at a relatively young age. The 6-foot-10 power forward has seen his role increase this year due to Andre Drummond’s injury.

In 62 games, Wood averaged 13.1 points as he took 6.3 rebounds and maintained fair defenses with over two three-point attempts per game. The young attacker doesn’t really project like the kind of stretch that could help spread Knicks’ offense, but he has a lot of untapped potential.