Athletically, Hood's an above average athlete with sneaky athleticism. He has good vertical, moves his feet well, has good lateral quickness and straight line speed.
At 6’8, Hood is probably slightly above average height-wise for a small forward, however, at below 210 pounds and a small wingspan, he is going to have a major adjustment to the physicality and length at the NBA level. If defending shooting guards, he'll have a height advantage but may struggle fighting through screens. He'll have the height at small forward, but will have a deficit in terms of strength and possibly length. Hood also struggles finishing through contact when getting to the rack.
Basketball IQ wise, Hood is well-versed in understanding of the game. He plays to strengths and understands his weaknesses. He also understands spacing on the offensive side of the floor. As a small-forward, Hood created many times and set-up teammates at a solid 2 assists a game while averaging below 2 turnovers a game. Hood also does a solid job at backdoor cuts, knows where to be on the floor, and makes the extra pass.
Hood is one of the more skilled players offensively in this draft and as a lefty, brings a unique skill-set. While he is not dominant at any trait, he is very good at many traits. He's an excellent shooter as he knocked down 42% of his threes on nearly five attempts per game. While being a very good three point shooter, he shoots from all over the court including the lost art of the mid-range jumper.
While not someone that will be a great 1-on-1 player, Hood does have very good handles for a small forward and create opportunities in moderate dosages. Hood, unlike most left-handers, likes to create with his off hand and get to the mid range area for a pull up, fade-away, kick out, or spin move to the basket.
While Hood has some very useful skills that should translate to the next level, he also has many weaknesses that will hinder him at least initially. He lacks the strength to finish at the rim or play through contact.
Defensively, while Hood plays hard, he's not aggressive. At 6’8, he only averaged around four rebounds per game, less than a steal per game, and less than a half block per game even though Duke lacked size. While he plays solid defense in terms of positioning, those numbers are concerning. Will added strength make that much of a difference?
While Jabari Parker got most of the accolades for Duke this past season, Hood was the most consistent in my opinion. Hood is a very good scorer, shooter, and distributor offensively. While he is all those things, can he become more aggressive and can he make the strength increases he needs? He's also 21 already with an October birthdate which puts his age closer to an old Junior or young Senior traditionally as he lost a year when transferring to Duke.
Hood will likely be a solid all-around player as he plays hard, is unselfish, has a good understanding of the game, is a solid athlete, and skilled. Most likely, he'll go anywhere in this draft from late lottery to early 20’s. I also feel he is a good system player that will fit in well with many teams that value shooting, court spacing, and team play such as the Spurs, Hawks, Bulls, etc….
How does he fit with the Bulls?
While I would rather draft Kyle Anderson or Nik Stauskas if available, Hood is one of the players that I would assume would be a Bulls-style fit. Hood is a smart player, has the potential to do many things well, works hard, is a selfless teammate, has some skill, and most importantly, he played at Duke (seems to be a Bulls criteria – not mine).
Midway through the season, if you told me we have a chance to draft Hood, I would have thought you were crazy. However, because of Hood’s easy going demeanor and lack of muscular build, there is a possibility he could be available at around pick 16.
I would gladly take Hood and do think he is one of those players that Coach Thibs would play pretty regularly due to his ability to not hurt you and bring some solid skills that the Bulls need in general. While he is a shooter, his ability to create some for other players is a bonus.
It is possible he might slide to the Bulls or be just out of reach. I would definitely take Hood over more raw products such as James Young, Zach LaVine, etc… I think he is going to be a solid player for years to come and make key baskets at key times. I would be intrigued to trade up slightly to get Hood if a pick is available without giving up way too much. I think he will be a steal if drafted in late lottery or after.