Freed to be the leading man, can Rodney Hood carry Jazz offense?
The Utah Jazz enter the 2017-18 season without its two leading scorers from last season, Gordon Hayward and George Hill, with a looming and ominous question if they can score enough to win.
Last year, the Jazz were the 3rd best defense in the NBA and with the additions of Ricky Rubio, Thabo Sefolosha, and Epke Udoh coupled with all defensive center Rudy Gobert there is no reason to believe the Jazz won’t be elite defensively this season.
The offense, on the other hand, is a complete unknown. That unknown is Rodney Hood. The Jazz 4th year shooting guard has shown flashes of being a bona fide scorer in the NBA. From November 1st to November 9th last year, Hood had a 6 game stretch scoring 18 or more points. Only twice for the rest of the season would he score 18 in back to back games and never again three games straight.
Injuries largely de-railed Hood’s season shortly after his opening stretch and particularly in the 2nd half of the season.
The 6 game stretch of excellence for Hood started when Hayward was out with a broken finger. Digging into the numbers of Hood’s play with and without Hayward may lead one to believe that is not a coincidence
The difference in Hood’s performance with and without Hayward is dramatic. His EFG%, weighs three-point shots, 54% with Hayward on the bench and 45% when he was on the floor. The league average is 50% EFG. Hood ranged from well above average v. well below average depending if Hayward was on the floor.
The biggest change was where Hood got his shots. With Hayward off the floor, Hood took 22% of his shots in the paint non-restricted area compared to 14.7% when Hayward was on the floor. The same is true in the mid-range where Hood took 24% of his shot when Hayward was off the floor and 19% when he was on the floor.
Without Hayward, Hood was able to play with the ball in his hand and use his size and length to get to his shooting spots on the floor and convert. Whereas, with Hayward, he was playing off the action of Hayward and then reacting.
Understanding Hood’s role change without Hayward could lead one to believe that Hood’s performance without Hayward is sustainable. However, Hood shot an incredible 57% in the mid-range when Hayward was on the bench and 52% on corner 3 shots. Both of these are wildly above the league average (40% in mid-range 39% on corner 3).
As much as the league is moving away from the mid-range shots they are very much the key to Hood’s game. With a bone bruise on his knee after the all-star break last year, Hood was ineffective in his primary zone, hitting on just 17 of 59 (29%) in the paint.
Healthy and unleashed by playing without Hayward as the primary scorer and ball handler this is the year for Rodney Hood to show an ability to score dependably night in and night out. Performance in the upcoming months will let us know, but some signs show he needed to become the primary scorer to become more consistent.
JAZZ GAME REWIND: 2nd Half propels Toronto past the youthful Jazz
The Jazz fell short in the second half as the Toronto defense shut the new-look Jazz down in route to cruising to an 114 – 82 Raptors victory. Lauri Markkanen shined for the Jazz with 20 points and 5 rebounds but the Raptors length and athleticism proved to be too much for the Jazz riding a dominant 3rd quarter to pull away from the Jazz who played well in the first half, only trailing by one.
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Utah Jazz trade Rudy Gobert – the emotions, the decision making, what did we get and what now
The Utah Jazz traded Rudy Gobert on Friday after a 4th of July weekend to soak in the biggest news of the NBA trade season we try to digest what it means for the Utah Jazz. David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, take a look at all angles of the Rudy Gobert trade. The emotions of losing one of your own and a beloved player like Rudy Gobert. The player that we knew how great he was and had to argue on his behalf and now someone else gets the pleasure. Locke revisits the decision making tree of the Utah Jazz and how they got to trading Rudy Gobert and why they took this trade rather than other options that may have been on the table for the Utah Jazz. Then Locke looks into what did we really get in this trade and what are the possibilities of benefit for trading one of the great players in franchise history. A look at each of the 5 first round picks and what they could become and the margin starts to expand the farther out you go. Then are the Utah Jazz re-building? Why now would be the question. That is a decision that the Jazz don’t need to make for the some time. Summer league kicks off today and what are the Utah Jazz looking for and who could make an impression. What the Jazz want to see from Jared Butler Locked On Jazz Podcast 💻 https://www.lockedonjazz.net/ 🎧 LockedOnJazz.com https://buff.ly/2FEZTVY 🎧 Apple https://apple.co/3Dc8QBq 🎧 Spotify https://spoti.fi/3IfvgVX 🎧Stitcher https://bit.ly/3pkGyzB 🎧 Google https://bit.ly/3I8TwJz
NBA Free Agency is here for the Utah Jazz
NBA Free Agency is day is here for the Utah Jazz. What can we expect to take place? Will the Utah Jazz make a trade? Is this the day Rudy Gobert or Mike Conley or Donovan Mitchell gets traded? Do the Jazz have a free agency move to be made? David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA insider take a look at all of these questions and gives you the free agency primer. Is the market drying up on the Utah Jazz? The Clippers and Wizards have already made moves and the Atlanta Hawks have used their draft capital. Rumors continue with Rudy Gobert at the forefront and we take a look at what those deals might be for the Utah Jazz and what would have to be included to make a deal happen. Then a look at the Utah Jazz options at the tax payer mid level contractsand what the Jazz current roster looks like and what could take place. Locked On Jazz Podcast 💻 https://www.lockedonjazz.net/ 🎧 LockedOnJazz.com https://buff.ly/2FEZTVY 🎧 Apple https://apple.co/3Dc8QBq 🎧 Spotify https://spoti.fi/3IfvgVX 🎧Stitcher https://bit.ly/3pkGyzB 🎧 Google https://bit.ly/3I8TwJz
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