The NBA Draft Lottery has finally happened, and we can say definitively the Boston Celtics have picks No. 6 and 17 in the first round. This is a very deep draft, and even with those picks, you get at worst rotation pieces.
If developed properly, this can turn into a star-studded NBA Draft. One prospect who should be looked at for the Celtics is the silky smooth left-handed wing out of Duke, Rodney Hood. He was the other scorer at Duke not named Jabari Parker.
Hood averaged 16 points on 47 percent shooting from the field, and 42 percent from three-point land. He is a smooth shooter and is really lanky. At 6-foot-9, he should be able to turn into a very versatile defender. His wingspan is something you’d like to see be a bit longer, but you can’t do much about that. He is a very offensive-minded player. Has a great first step, can take anyone off the dribble. He’ll hit the mid-range jumper or the three-point shot with relative ease. He’s some with his offensive length will be able to get his shot off against anyone.
Hood does like to take his game into the post and take advantage of his height against smaller wings. He lets the game come to him and rarely forces the issue. But he does have a very slight frame, and will need to add strength. He’s not a very effective rebounder, and that is probably due to lack of strength and length. One big knock on him is he really isn’t assertive enough when he has it going. He’ll never demand the ball.
Also, Hood needs to work on his on-ball defense, but that is something that will come with time, and once he starts to show the effort it takes to become a defender.
One NBA player comparison for Hood is Rashard Lewis. He is a long and lanky offensive-minded wing player. He can’t really be defined as just a guard or forward. He can get his shot off, and will be a very good shooter at the very least in the NBA.