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Leon Wood
Personal information
Born (1962-03-25) March 25, 1962 (age 56)
Columbia, South Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Saint Monica
(Santa Monica, California)
NBA draft 1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career 1984–1991
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
Number 20, 32, 33, 1, 22
Officiating career 1996–present
Career history
19841986 Philadelphia 76ers
1986 Washington Bullets
1986–1987 New Jersey Nets
1987–1988 San Antonio Spurs
1988 Atlanta Hawks
1988–1989 CAI Zaragoza
1989–1990 Santa Barbara Islanders
1990 New Jersey Nets
1990 Sacramento Kings
1990–1991 Rapid City Thrillers
1991 Pallacanestro Varese
1991 Gießen 46ers
1991–1992 Rapid City Thrillers
1992–1993 CRO Lyon
1993–1994 Fargo-Moorhead Fever
1994 Onyx Caserta
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Osie Leon Wood III (born March 25, 1962), is an American former professional basketball player. A college All-American, he was a first round NBA draft pick, and both an Olympic and Pan-Am Games gold-medalist. He is currently in his 22nd season as an NBA referee.


A 6'3" point guard from Saint Monica Catholic High School, Wood was an All-American at California State University-Fullerton. He was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the 10th pick in the first round of the 1984 NBA draft and played in six NBA seasons for six different teams: the 76ers, Washington Bullets, New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks and Sacramento Kings.

In his NBA career, Wood played in 274 games and scored a total of 1,742 points (6.4 points per game). He had a short European professional league stint in Germany for MTV 1846 Giessen, where he was signed for the playoffs and appeared in three games, scoring a total of 77 points.[1] He also played for CAI Zaragoza (ACB League) in the 1988–1989 season. Wood played four seasons in the Continental Basketball Association, averaging 18.1 points and 8.5 assists in 118 games, being named second-team All-CBA in 1990.[2]

Wood is a two-time International gold-medalist, winning at the 1983 Pan American Games and as a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team coached by Bobby Knight.

He became an NBA official in 1996 and is in his 22nd season as a referee in 2017-2018.[3]


  1. ^ 46ers Hall of Fame: Leon Wood
  2. ^ 1994–95 Official CBA Guide and Register, page 358
  3. ^ NBA Officials: Referee Biographies

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