When high draft picks struggle initially and become free agents for the first time, some folks around the league refer to this as their “second draft.” The hope is that a new team can unlock the potential that once made them top picks. Over the next few weeks, we will examine players who fall into that category.
Today: Rodney Hood, from contributor Dylan Murphy.
In four NBA seasons, Rodney Hood has shown flashes of tantalizing potential. A long, 6-foot-8 wing, Hood’s game appears to have no serious holes. He can put the ball on the floor in isolation or pick-and-rolls to create. He has shown some vision to find shooters and rollers. He’s a career 37% three-point shooter who can also pull up from midrange and knock down contested looks off pindowns. He has the athleticism to finish above the rim. He can switch across multiple positions on defense. His overall IQ and effort have never been an issue.
Yet it still feels as if Hood is missing something, or that he should be able to grow into something more.