|Born:||June 2, 1958|
|Draft:||1981 (1st Rd.)|
|Drafted By:||Atlanta Hawks|
|College:||North Carolina ('81)|
Al Wood (born June 2, 1958 in Gray, Georgia) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks on July 23, 1986 in a trade with the Seattle SuperSonics, for forward Dale Ellis.
Wood, a 1977 McDonald's All-American out of high school, attended the University of North Carolina, where he averaged 18.1 points as a senior. Wood and future NBA teammate Sam Perkins were key players in the Tar Heels' 29-8 1980-1981 season, in which the team finished as runners-up in the Final Four. He made the All-Final Four team scoring 39 points in the semi-final, which broke Jerry West's record of 38. Wood had 109 points in the five tournament games, averaging 21.8 points per game and leading all scorers.
He left UNC as the third-leading scorer in school history and never missed a game in his four year tenure. During his college years he was also selected along with future Mavs Mark Aguirre and Rolando Blackman to the 1980 Olympic men's basketball team that never had the opportunity to compete in Moscow due to President Jimmy Carter's boycott of the games.
Wood was selected by the Atlanta Hawks as the 4th overall selection in the 1981 NBA Draft out of North Carolina.
Wood, who injured his shoulder his rookie season, played just 19 games as a Hawk before he was traded to the San Diego Clippers. A main reason for the trade was the concern that Wood's shoulder would never fully heal as he never really got it going in Atlanta.
After spending a year and a half with the Clippers, he was traded to Seattle.
Wood played with the Sonics for three years, where he had his best statistical NBA season in 1984-85 averaging 15 ppg over 80 games. He was a solid producer in the everyday lineup but saw his playing time dwindle the next season. Consequently his scoring average fell and was ultimately traded. Wood said of his experience in Seattle, "I really don't know what happened in Seattle. I guess I wasn't coach Bickerstaff's type of player."
After three years in Seattle, Wood traded by the Supersonics to the Dallas Mavericks for Dale Ellis on July 23, 1986.
In his one season with the Mavericks, Wood averaged 6.6 points and 12.2 minutes per game and was used mainly as a bench player for certain situations. A main reason for his lack of playing time in Dallas was because he served as the primary backup to Rolando Blackman.