Is Rodney Hood a good fit in Memphis?
Rodney Hood is a great fit for Memphis. The only problem is that he will probably be off the board by the Grizzlies’ 22nd pick. An option would be to trade up, but given the depth of the draft they might be better off staying put. Regardless, Hood would be near the top of the board for the Grizzlies given their need at small forward. Hood is also one of the more NBA ready players in the draft which makes him even more valuable.
Hood stands 6’8” and weighs in at 208. His wingspan is also 6’8” which is average for his height. Hood doesn’t have any overwhelmingly impressive physical attributes, but he is still a good athlete. His game lends itself more to getting open for high quality shots and he has a quick first step to do so. Players that can shoot as well as Hood can get away with athletic deficiencies more so than less gifted prospects.
Hood is exactly what every team wants out of a player on offense: efficient. He rarely turns the ball over and takes smart shots. These are essential qualities that the Grizzlies are looking for in a prospect and Hood fits in perfectly. He shot 42% from beyond the arc last season at Duke which makes him one of the best shooting forwards in this years draft. Even so, Hood isn’t a terribly explosive athlete, which is one of the few knocks on his offensive game. Overall, Hood is a great shooter and scorer which makes him extra valuable for Memphis.
Like most prospects coming into the draft, Hood’s defense is a question mark. His lack of strength will especially affect him at the NBA level where he will more than likely be guarding bigger players. Working on his overall defensive intensity will be a big part of his development and working with the Grizzlies coaching staff could give him an extra boost. Hood does have good quickness which will allow him to stay in front of other players, but he will have to become more sound fundamentally.
Hood would be very close to the top of the Grizzlies list should he be available at the 22nd pick. Although unlikely, Hood would give Memphis a potentially dynamic scorer which they desperately need. NBA ready players are typically hard to come by in the draft, but Rodney Hood certainly falls into that category. Look for the Grizzlies to be interested.
Statistics provided by Draft Express.