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Utah Jazz: Draft night was a dream scenario
Analysis » Things fall in place for Utah, leading to team’s selections of Exum and Hood.


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The Duke forward didn’t work out for a team with a pick outside of the top 18 — and that’s just because the Phoenix Suns also owned the No. 14 pick in the draft.

Hood was surprised by his fall, which could have come in part because of his defensive deficiencies, but the Jazz will be happy to have him. Hood, a 6-foot-8 small forward, averaged 16 points a game for the Blue Devils.

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He’s a left-hander with a pure shooting stroke, who hit 42 percent of his 3s last season. The Jazz had only one player who shot better than 40 percent from 3 last year: 34-year-old free agent Richard Jefferson.

The Jazz deservedly received "A" grades from a number of draft experts.

"I want the fans … to be excited about what we did," Lindsey said. "I think we did some good things. But really, the evaluation will be years from now on how Dante develops and how Rodney contributes."

afalk@sltrib.com

Twitter: @tribjazz




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