Utah Jazz: Draft night was a dream scenario

First Published Jun 29 2014 01:36PM      Last Updated Jun 28 2014 11:29 pm

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz's Rodney Hood speaks during a press conference at the Zions Bank Basketball Center Friday June 27, 2014.
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Exum needs to get stronger and improve his perimeter shooting; in the FIBA U-19 championships, he hit one-third of his 3-pointers.

There’s not a huge body of work to judge Exum on at this point. But Jazz scout Rich Sheubrooks, who organizes the Nike Hoops Summit, and other scouts in the organization are extremely high on his potential.

Exum’s ability to get to the rim and finish should be better than Burke’s because of his size. And while he must still improve defensively, he has the size and speed to be an elite perimeter defender.

But Exum is just 18, and Lindsey cautions, "It’s a project pick. It’s an anticipation pick."

In Hood, the Jazz got what some have called the steal of the draft.

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.

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."


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