USA Basketball considering Houston center Christian Wood for 2021 Olympics

Brand-new Houston Firecrackers center Christian Wood is atttracting attention from worldwide for his quick start to the 2020-21 NBA season.

Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the 25-year-old’s list of admirers consists of the management of U.S.A. Basketball, which supervises of assembling a lineup for the 2021 Olympics in Japan. Those Olympics were expected to be kept in 2020, however the COVID-19 pandemic triggered a hold-up.

“The selection process at center will be interesting for this team, a problem-area for Team USA in 2019 World Cup,” Woj tweeted. “Miami’s Bam Adebayo and Houston’s Christian Wood — one of the league’s success stories in 2020-2021 — are among invitees to fill those roles.”

Group U.S.A., which normally is the world’s finest group on the global phase, ended up in a frustrating seventh location throughout the 2019 World Cup. A number of the NBA’s most significant names did not get involved.

However the Olympics typically incentivize higher involvement by the NBA’s finest gamers, and it appears that Wood is thought about to be because mix. In his very first season as a constant starter, the 6-foot-10 huge male is balancing 23.5 points (52.8% FG) and 10.8 rebounds per video game with the Firecrackers.

The 2021 Olympics are presently set up to be held in between July 23 and August 8, which might possibly clash with the 2021 NBA Finals and cause gamers from those groups decreasing to take part in Tokyo. However after the current trade of super star guard James Harden, the Firecrackers (5-9) normally aren’t considered as a champion competitor this season. In turn, that will likely make Wood available as a potential selection.


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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.