I am sure Rodney Hood is a great guy and so forth, but is he a gamer and will he
help the Jazz win? On the surface, he reminds me of CJ Miles, a guy who
routinely disappeared during games. I thought Hood was that kind of player at
Duke.Personally, I preferred Cleanthony Early, a guy who the
"talent evaluators" said couldn't dribble and drive to the hoop.
Well, so what? Neither could Bryon Russell, but he was good corner shooter,
defensive player, and wasn't afraid of the moment, and I think Early will
be a better player than Russell. Phil Jackson saw something in Early as well
taking in the 2nd round. We'll see.
Hood reportedly has great character, and must be very intelligent to get
accepted to Duke. He looks like a good replacement for an aging Jefferson at 3
position. Will be interesting to see what kind of Defensive player he can be,
and how well Coach Snyder will develop the defensive abilities of his players.
doc33, first of all what do you expect to get at 23? This guy in most drafts
could have been a lottery pick, but your not expecting a guy you pick at 23 to
be the guy taking the last shot of a game. With that said I think he can, not
sure that you've seen that much of this guy, he shot 42% from 3, when I saw
Duke, there were a couple of games Jabari was struggling, and if it weren't
for Hood they'd been in trouble. You talk about Cleanthony Early a guy I
like too but he averaged what 2 more points against lesser competition. Hood
has a bigger upside too, and he's still young. This may be the steal of
the draft on where the Jazz got him, and I think he'll fit in perfectly.
By the way everybody would have seen something in Early when the Knicks drafted
him, he was a steal in the second round, but that doesn't mean he's
better than Hood!
The CJ Miles comparison may not be too far off, I loved CJ but he never really
worked hard enough to maximize his potential, to me Hood can be too soft at
times , I hope he learns and gets stronger so he can be the best he can be. Good
pick up at 23.
@doc33I can see some similarities between Miles and Hood, both outstanding
jump shooters and able to drive to the basket too. Hood, unlike Miles,
didn't come to the NBA right out of high school though, and has benefited
from the coaching of two college coaches, including coach K. at Duke. Hood
supposedly is a pretty good defender, acoording to Jay Bilas, and knows he needs
to work at being better...not sure CJ bought into that mindset while at Utah,
especially early on. Also, and very important, Hood is about 2 inches taller
than CJ, which means he can play small forward, which the Jazz NEED.
Great point CTJ. I think Hood was a steal. I'm also amazed at all of the
professional arm chair draft experts chiming in about this draft. Everyone had
their favorites, but to think they have more knowledge than the guys that do
this for a living cracks me up. All of the real draft experts give Utah high
The CJ comparison is valid in that they are both coming to the NBA with an
outstanding jump shot with great range and the ability to go to the basket. CJ,
though, came straight out of high school to the pros, while Hood has had a
couple of years of collegiate coaching, including one year with coach K. Hood is
also almost 2 inches taller, which makes him a better fit at SF once he puts on
a little weight. Hood also seems to want to improve his defense (and analyst Jay
Bilas stated during the draft that Hood's defense is actually pretty good
already), whilc CJ never seemed to warm to that. I also think CJ made too many
bonehead plays during crunch time, while I'm guessing Hood has a pretty
high BB IQ and will make better decisions.
I still think Anthony was the steal of the draft for the Spurs, who picked him
at 30. I hope this draft doesn't turn out to be the same for the Jazz as
the draft that the Jazz had the opportunity to get Parker and was taken by the
Spurs. Like lightening striking the same place twice. Hope Hood turns out to be
a star for the Jazz, then I will feel better about this pick. Don't get me
wrong, it was a good pick - just hope it pans out real well for the Jazz sake.
Three point shooting was a major weakness for us last year, even with Jefferson
and Williams having career years behind the arc. I can't see either of
those vets returning but a wing depth chart of Exum/Burke, Hayward/Hood looks
good to me.