The Jazz selected Rodney Hood with the No. 23 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday. Here’s a look at Hood and how he fits with Utah:
Bio: Duke | Sophomore | Small forward
Vitals: 6-8, 208 pounds
2013-14 stats: 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 46.4 FG%, 42.0 3FG%
Strengths: A big, smooth wing, Hood is one of the better scorers in this class. The lanky lefty hit threes at a prolific clip last season and his shooting should translate at the NBA level. He played somewhat in the shadow of Jabari Parker at Duke but took advantage of his opportunities, playing under control, limiting turnovers and making smart plays. Hood should provide immediate help by spreading the floor.
Weaknesses: What Hood boasts in scoring ability, he lacks in an all-around game. His ball-handling leaves something to be desired, which hampers some of what he can do offensively. He likes to hang around on the perimeter and didn’t make much of a concerted effort on the glass as one of the tallest regulars on a Duke team that badly needed interior help. He’s not a max-effort defender, and some added muscle would help him guard NBA wings as well as improve his own scoring around the rim. Hood has to prove he can at least cut it defensively if he wants to become a regular and maximize his ability.
Team Fit: Utah, high on the list of teams in need of perimeter shooting, makes a targeted address here. More practically, however, it's hard to project just how much of a difference Hood will be in a position to make as a rookie. No. 5 pick Dante Exum will presumably start at the two alongside Trey Burke, and shooting guard Alec Burks -- who averaged 14 points in 28.1 minutes in 2013-14 -- will likely return in a significant role. If swingman Gordon Hayward also comes back through restricted free agency, Hood might not have much opportunity to space the floor despite the apparent need.