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'Christian is a talent': Wood's career outing helps Pistons stomp Spurs

Detroit — This is the player Pistons coach Dwane Casey always thought Christian Wood was capable of being. This is why he went to the mat for him in training camp when the final roster spot came down to Wood and aging veteran Joe Johnson.

"Christian is a talent," Casey said Sunday after his backup center went on a career-best 28-point, 10-rebound rampage to lead the Pistons to a wire-to-wire 132-98 rout of the San Antonio Spurs at Little Caesars Arena.

Wood, Casey didn't have to say in so many words, is also an enigma who has drifted through five teams in five years and spent the 2017-2018 season dominating the G-League.