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Christian Wood named to All-Summer League first team

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Milwaukee Bucks center Christian Wood is fouled by a Detroit Pistons player during their NBA Summer League game Friday, July 6, 2018, at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Christian Wood is knocking on the door of the NBA harder than he ever has before.

The former UNLV product spent the better part of the past two weeks dominating the NBA Las Vegas Summer League, and on Tuesday he was named as an All-League first team selection.

Wood, a 6-foot-11 forward, played for the Milwaukee Bucks’ summer squad and posted 20.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in five games. He scored in the post, hit jumpers, protected the rim and rebounded at a level that suggests he’ll be logging minutes in the NBA sooner than later.

Wood left UNLV after his sophomore year in 2014-15, when he averaged 15.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. He declared for the draft but was not selected, and the past three years have seen Wood bounce between the developmental G-League and short 10-day contracts as a fill-in for NBA teams.

Wood will be 23 years old when the 2018-19 NBA season begins. He last played in the NBA in 2016-17, when he put up 2.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 13 games for the Charlotte Hornets.

His last campaign in the G-League was by far his most productive. Wood scored 23.3 points per game on 54.1-percent shooting, and he racked up 10.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks for the Delaware 87ers.

Wood was joined on the summer league first team by Wendell Carter of the Chicago Bulls, Josh Hart of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Knox of the New York Knicks and Collin Sexton of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Mike Grimala can be reached at 702-948-7844 or [email protected] Follow Mike on Twitter at twitter.com/mikegrimala.

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