2014 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Rodney Hood





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2014 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Rodney Hood


Position: Small Forward

Size: 6-8, 215

School: Duke, Sophomore


Strengths:
  • All-around scorer
  • Smooth outside shot
  • Three-point range
  • Step-back jumper
  • Catch-and-shoot ability
  • Use of shot fake to create space for jumper
  • Great touch on pull-up jumpers in the lane
  • Capable of posting up smaller defenders
  • Solid athleticism
  • Can board and lead the break
  • Ball handling
  • Slashing ability
  • Rarely forces the issue
  • Length helps him defensively and on the boards
  • Can defend either wing position




  • Weaknesses:
  • Physicality
  • Assertiveness, scoring at the rim
  • Relies too much on his jump shot
  • Defensive intensity


  • Summary: Hood has somewhat flown under the radar at Duke because of all the attention Jabari Parker has received, but the Mississippi State transfer will be a lottery pick. The lefty has a smooth, versatile offensive game and great size for the next level. If Hood can continue to get stronger and improve his dribble-drive game, he could be something special at the next level.

    Player Comparison: Rudy Gay. Hood and Gay both have terrific perimeter games yet also possess the ability to get to the perimeter. Gay has the prototypical size for a small forward as does Hood. Gay hunts his shots more than Hood does, but I can see Hood being a high double-digit scorer per game at the next level while contributing on the glass as well.







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    2014 NBA Mock Draft


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    2014 NBA Draft Prospect Rankings


    2014 NBA Draft Scouting Reports








    Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
    Send Paul an e-mail here: paulb05 AT hotmail DOT com.
    All other e-mail, including advertising and link proposals, send to: wpc112@gmail.com




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