Rodney Hood

Rodney Michael Hood (born October 20, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Mississippi State and Duke Universities before declaring for the NBA Draft. Hood was drafted in 2014 by the Utah Jazz; and in 2018, he was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was then traded to Portland in 2019.

Rodney Hood
Rodney Hood Western Conference Finals 2019 (cropped).jpg
Hood with Portland in 2019
No. 5 – Portland Trail Blazers
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1992-10-20) October 20, 1992 (age 27)
Meridian, Mississippi
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High schoolMeridian (Meridian, Mississippi)
College
NBA draft2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Playing career2014–present
Career history
20142018Utah Jazz
20182019Cleveland Cavaliers
2019–presentPortland Trail Blazers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

High school careerEdit

Hood attended Meridian High School in the city of Meridian, Mississippi. As a junior in the 2009-10 season, he averaged 22.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game while leading the Wildcats to the Class 6A finals. Thus Meridian advanced past each school in the Mississippi High School Activities Association's tournament, only to fall to Starkville in the championship game, 57–51.[1]

As a senior, Hood posted averages of 24.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 3.1 steals, and 2 blocks per contest, as he propelled Meridian to a 29–2 record and helped them capture a Class 6A championship. During the semifinals of that 2010-11 campaign, he tallied 27 points when Meridian defeated Starkville, 72–43; and in the title game against Vicksburg, he scored 24 points en route to the 62–47 victory.[2]

Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Hood was ranked as the No. 5 small forward and the No. 16 player in the nation in 2011.[3] In October 2010, he committed to Mississippi State University.[4]

College careerEdit

As a freshman at Mississippi State, Hood started in 29 of the 32 games that he played for the Bulldogs in 2011–12. He was named to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) All-Freshman Team after averaging 10.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2 assists per contest while shooting 44.3 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from three-point range.[2]

In July 2012, Rodney transferred to Duke University.[5] Despite having to sit out the 2012-13 season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules, he consistently helped the team improve in practice and quickly established himself as one of the top players on the team.[6]

In his second year at Duke, he was selected as the team captain for the Blue Devil's 2013–14 campaign. The six-foot-eight small forward would play in 35 games, starting in 33 of them. He would average 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 32.9 minutes per game. He did so while shooting 46.4 percent from the field, including 42 percent from distance on the season. He earned second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) honors for his performance.[7]

In April 2014, Hood declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final two years of college eligibility.[8]

Professional careerEdit

Utah Jazz (2014–2018)Edit

On June 26, 2014, Hood was selected with the 23rd pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz,[9] later signing his rookie-scale contract with the team on July 11.[10] On March 16, 2015, he finished with a season-best 24 points after converting 9-of-11 shots from the field and 5-of-5 from behind the arc; thus he helped the Jazz beat the Charlotte Hornets, 94–66, their sixth consecutive win.[11]

Having solidified his role in the starting lineup, Hood started in all 79 of the games that he played in 2015–16. He established himself as a go-to offensive option and reliable asset all around. Hood had 61 outings with double digits and 15 with 20-plus points.[12] On January 2, 2016, he posted a career-high 32 points against the Memphis Grizzlies as the Jazz secured a 92–87 win in overtime.[13]

In the 2016–17 season opener on October 25, Hood added 26 points, to include a rim-rattling dunk and consecutive jumpers in the third quarter to give Utah a 77–71 lead, though the Jazz ultimately fell to the Portland Trail Blazers, 113–104.[14] On December 16, 2016, he hit the first game-clincher of his NBA career, pulling up for a three-pointer in transition with 0.8 seconds left; the shot secured a 103–100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. He finished the contest with 15 points.[15] On January 13, 2017, he scored a season-high 27 points during a 110–77 win over the Detroit Pistons.[16] He recorded a new season-best 28 points on March 5 as the Jazz defeated the Sacramento Kings, 110–109, in overtime.[17]

In the 2017–18 campaign, Hood scored a season-high 25 points, 15 of which were in the third quarter, as he helped the Jazz rally and defeat the Dallas Mavericks, 104–89, on October 30, 2017.[18] On November 18, during a 125–85 victory over the Orlando Magic, he set a new season high with 31 points and did so coming off the bench.[19] Hood did not finish the season with Utah before being traded.

Cleveland Cavaliers (2018–2019)Edit

On February 8, 2018, Hood was acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team trade that also involved the Jazz and the Sacramento Kings.[20] In his debut for the Cavaliers three days later, he scored 15 points during a 121–99 win over the Boston Celtics.[21] The Cavaliers made it to the 2018 NBA Finals, but would lose 4–0 to the Golden State Warriors.

On September 10, 2018, Hood re-signed with the Cavaliers.[22] On October 30, in a 136–114 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, he scored a season-high 26 points to help snap Cleveland's six-game losing streak.[23]

Portland Trail Blazers (2019–present)Edit

On February 4, 2019, Hood was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin IV, and two future second-round picks.[24] On March 3, 2019, he scored a season-high 27 points, all in the second half, in a 118–108 win over the Charlotte Hornets.[25] In Game 6 of the Trail Blazers' second-round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets, Hood scored a playoff career-high 25 points in a 119–108 victory.[26] On December 6, 2019, the Trail Blazers announced that Hood would be out for the rest of the 2019–2020 season and may miss the start of next season as well since he incurred a torn left Achilles during a 136–113 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.[27]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 Utah 50 21 21.3 .414 .365 .763 2.3 1.7 .6 .2 8.7
2015–16 Utah 79 79 32.2 .420 .359 .860 3.4 2.7 .9 .2 14.5
2016–17 Utah 59 55 27.0 .408 .371 .783 3.4 1.6 .6 .2 12.7
2017–18 Utah 39 12 27.8 .424 .389 .876 2.8 1.7 .8 .2 16.8
2017–18 Cleveland 21 11 25.3 .442 .352 .813 2.6 1.4 .7 .2 10.8
2018–19 Cleveland 45 45 27.4 .427 .362 .912 2.5 2.0 .8 .1 12.2
2018–19 Portland 27 4 24.4 .452 .345 .805 1.7 1.3 .8 .3 9.6
2019–20 Portland 21 21 29.5 .506 .493 .778 3.4 1.5 .8 .2 11.0
Career 341 248 27.3 .426 .372 .839 2.9 1.9 .8 .2 12.5

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017 Utah 11 0 25.2 .352 .260 .611 2.7 1.1 .5 .0 8.9
2018 Cleveland 17 1 15.3 .424 .167 .750 1.8 1.1 .3 .2 5.4
2019 Portland 16 0 23.3 .468 .353 .818 2.3 .9 .4 .2 9.9
Career 44 1 20.7 .416 .280 .757 2.2 1.0 .4 .2 7.9

CollegeEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Mississippi State 32 29 32.8 .443 .364 .659 4.8 2.0 .4 .4 10.3
2013–14 Duke 35 33 32.9 .464 .420 .807 3.9 2.1 .7 .3 16.1
Career 67 62 32.8 .455 .396 .773 4.3 2.1 .6 .3 13.3

Personal lifeEdit

On January 3, 2016, Hood's fiancée and college sweetheart, Richa Jackson, gave birth to the couple's first child, a son.[28]

On July 29, 2016, Hood married Jackson in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Miller, David (March 7, 2010). "Starkville Captures Elusive State Title". The Commercial Dispatch. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "#5 Rodney Hood". GoDuke.com. Retrieved October 27, 2010.
  3. ^ "Rodney Hood – Yahoo! Sports". Rivals.com. Retrieved October 27, 2010.
  4. ^ "Rodney Hood commits to Bulldogs". ESPN.com. October 27, 2010. Retrieved October 27, 2010.
  5. ^ "Mississippi State's Rodney Hood makes Duke transfer official". USAToday.com. July 5, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  6. ^ "Meridian native Duke's Rodney Hood declares for NBA Draft". Blogs.GulfLive.com. April 18, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  7. ^ "Rodney Hood Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  8. ^ "Duke forward Rodney Hood officially declares for the 2014 NBA Draft". CBSSports.com. April 18, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  9. ^ "Jazz Selects Exum, Hood in 2014 NBA Draft". NBA.com. June 26, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
  10. ^ "Jazz Signs First-Round Picks Danté Exum and Rodney Hood". NBA.com. July 11, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014.
  11. ^ "Jazz bury Hornets 94-66 with barrage of 3-pointers". NBA.com. March 16, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  12. ^ Johnson, Kristine (May 11, 2016). "Utah Jazz 2015-16 Review: Rodney Hood". purpleandblues.com. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  13. ^ "Hood scores 32 as Jazz beat Grizzlies 92-87 in OT". NBA.com. January 2, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  14. ^ "Lillard scores 39, Blazers run home-opening win streak to 16". ESPN.com. October 25, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  15. ^ "Hood hits pull-up 3 to give Jazz 103-100 win over Mavericks". ESPN.com. December 16, 2016. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  16. ^ "Hood's season-high 27 lead Jazz to 110-77 win over Pistons". ESPN.com. January 13, 2017. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  17. ^ "Gobert's reviewed tip-in lifts Jazz past Kings in overtime". ESPN.com. March 5, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  18. ^ "Hood scores season high 25, Jazz beat Mavericks 104-89". ESPN.com. October 30, 2017. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  19. ^ "Jazz stop 3-game slide with 125-85 win over Magic". ESPN.com. November 18, 2017. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  20. ^ "Cavaliers Acquire George Hill and Rodney Hood in Three-Team Trade". NBA.com. February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  21. ^ "Truth is: Cavaliers beat Celtics 121-99 on Paul Pierce's day". ESPN.com. February 11, 2018. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  22. ^ "Cavs Re-Sign Rodney Hood". NBA.com. September 10, 2018. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  23. ^ "Cavaliers end season-opening slide, beat Hawks 136-114". ESPN.com. October 30, 2018. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  24. ^ "TRAIL BLAZERS ACQUIRE RODNEY HOOD". NBA.com. February 4, 2019. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  25. ^ "Hood, Nurkic lead Blazers past Hornets 118-108". ESPN.com. March 3, 2019. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  26. ^ "Blazers force Game 7 with 119-108 victory over Denver". ESPN.com. May 9, 2019. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  27. ^ Holdahl, Casey (December 6, 2019). "Hood Ruptures Left Achilles, Likely Out For The Season". NBA.com. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  28. ^ Falk, Aaron (January 4, 2016). "Jazz notes: Rodney Hood's son born six weeks early". SLTrib.com. The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved January 4, 2016.

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