As the NBA season is about a quarter of the way over Bleacher Report has published a very early NBA Mock Draft. In the draft the Cleveland Cavaliers are drafting 10th overall, which is a interesting spot given the depth of this draft. It also means the team missed the playoffs again, and huge changes could be coming.
BR has the Cavs selecting 6’8″ small forward Rodney Hood out of Duke. Here is what they had to say about Hood:
Rodney Hood has been one of the tougher offensive matchups in the country this year for Duke. He’s averaging over 19 points per game on 58.9 percent shooting from the floor, getting the shots he wants and converting them with consistency.
At 6’8″, he’s a multidimensional weapon with a face-up, spot-up and post-up game. Hood can take his man off the dribble and score on the move, catch-and-shoot from behind the arc or play in the post with his back to the rim.
He’s shooting it a sizzling 53.6 percent from three right now, and the stroke looks legit given his 83.9 percent free-throw clip.
A lethal and versatile wing, Hood has emerged as one of the biggest risers early on.
The writeup was not Cavalier specific but Hood’s fit with Cleveland is obvious. His 3 point shooting would pair perfectly with drive and kick partners Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. His height and athleticism will allow him to guard opposing wings with out giving up much. With development from versatile power forward Anthony Bennett and any combination of Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao, Tyler Zeller and Andrew Bynum the Cavs would have one of the deepest and versatile front courts in the league. Combining that with Irving, Waiters and Jarrett Jack, plus whatever free agents are picked up could make for a dynamic team on the rise.