NBA Draft: Re-drafting the 2014 NBA Draft’s first round

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Rodney Hood
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2014 NBA Redraft: 19. Rodney Hood, Chicago Bulls

Rodney Hood came into the NBA the 23rd overall pick to the Utah Jazz. He’s always struggled with consistency, capable of dropping 30 just as easily as he could score in single-digits in the following game. It’s the rollercoaster ride he takes teams on that has him on his third organization in as many seasons in the NBA.

For a player averaging less than 30.0 career minutes per game, he’s done a strong job of making the most of his minutes. A smooth-shooting lefty two-guard with sneaky hops, he’s put up 12.6 points per game on 36.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

Having shot over 40.0 percent of his looks from downtown, the threat of him rising up keeps defenses on their toes and opens up the rest of the floor. Inside the 3-point line, however, is a completely different story.

At a lanky 206 pounds, Hood isn’t strong enough to bully his way to the basket nor is he a great decision maker with the basketball with less than two dimes per game. He’s shot just 46.5 percent on two-point looks. For comparison, that’s only 0.2 percent better than notably streaky scorer J.R. Smith.

He’s admittedly struggled to find his niche in the NBA. The Jazz had hoped he could combine with Gordon Hayward to form a respectable 1-2 punch offensively. The Cleveland Cavaliers turned him primarily into a spot-up threat to appease LeBron James.

Hood’s talent isn’t good enough to warrant big-time minutes. He thrives in spurts, with his ability to get hot quickly is a positive trait unto itself. Wherever he goes next, it’s a role that could certainly help a number of teams.