Report: Undrafted Wood plays with chip on shoulder

UNLV forward Christian Wood was expected to be selected in the late first round to early second round of the 2015 NBA draft, but his name was never called. Wood signed a contract with the Philadelphia 76ers and he's extremely motivated to prove to his doubters that they made a mistake. From Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer:

    "The 6-foot-11, 220-pound power forward smiled when asked about going undrafted in June out of UNLV despite being projected as late first-round pick. 'I have a huge chip on my shoulder for sure,' said Wood, who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes, 55 seconds off the bench. 'I have to go out every game and prove something. I wake up every day like I’m on a mission. I know that I have to prove something. I have to make the team.' ... He went undrafted after having poor showings during pre-draft workouts with NBA teams. It didn’t help that Wood had 14.9 percent body fat during the NBA Draft Combine in May. But the Sixers have been impressed with him since the start of training camp."

Wood has already shown enough that he will make the 15-man opening night roster. Wood signed a four-year contract with the Sixers that guarantees $50,000 for 2015-16. That amount will increase to $525,093 if he is not waived by January 7.