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NBA Mock Draft: Memphis Grizzlies Select Rodney Hood From Duke

SB Nation's NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making or trading "their" team's pick. We continue with the next pick in the 2014 NBA Mock Draft with Grizzly Bear Blues selecting Rodney Hood of Duke.

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NBA Mock Draft Pick #22, Rodney Hood, Forward, Duke

SB Nation's Grizzlies blog Grizzly Bear Blues explains the pick:

We're thrilled to have Rodney Hood fall to us at #22. This was basically our dream scenario if we were unable to move up in the draft. The Grizzlies get one of the best shooters in the draft and a wing player that can immediately step in a make an impact on offense - something that has been sorely needed with the rapid decline of Tayshaun Prince's offensive abilities (a player who the Grizzlies will aggressively try to move this summer). While Hood has some major question marks on defense, we feel that an injection of Grizzlies Grit'n'Grind should turn up his motor on that end of the floor, especially with such a defensively focused head coach in Dave Joerger. Memphis' roster provides enough defensive machismo to hide Hood's weaknesses and put him in favorable match-ups as Tony Allen can usually handle the task of guarding a premier small forward and Marc Gasol can help him find his spots on the court. The combination of Rodney Hood's shooting skills and experience make him a natural fit for the Grizzlies and their desire to find unselfish players who have an exceptional feel for the game and (as we continue to perennially dwell at the bottom NBA 3-pt-shooting) who can space the floor with accurate perimeter shooting. We'll put some meat on this guy and get him ready for battle in the NBA.

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1 Cleveland Cavaliers: ANDREW WIGGINS 
2 Milwaukee Bucks JABARI PARKER
3 Philadelphia 76ers DANTE EXUM
4 Orlando Magic JULIUS RANDLE
5 Utah Jazz JOEL EMBIID
6 Minnesota Timberwolves (Via Celtics) AARON GORDON
7 Los Angeles Lakers NOAH VONLEH
8 Philadelphia 76ers (via Kings) DARIO SARIC
9 Charlotte Hornets DOUG MCDERMOTT
10 Chicago Bulls (via 76ers) MARCUS SMART
11 Denver Nuggets ZACH LAVINE 
12 Orlando Magic TYLER ENNIS
13 Phoenix Suns (via Timberwolves) ADREIAN PAYNE
14 Phoenix Suns NIK STAUSKAS
15 Atlanta Hawks GARY HARRIS
16 Sacramento Kings (via Chicago Bulls) ELFRID PAYTON
17 Orlando Magic (via Boston Celtics) JUSUF NURKIC
18 Minnesota Timberwolves (via Phoenix Suns) KYLE ANDERSON
19 Philadelphia 76ers (via Chicago Bulls) JAMES YOUNG
20 Dallas Mavericks (via Toronto Raptors) CLINT CAPELA
21 Oklahoma City Thunder PJ HAIRSTON
22 Memphis Grizzlies RODNEY HOOD
23 Utah Jazz
24 Charlotte Hornets
25 Houston Rockets
26 Miami Heat
27 Phoenix Suns
28 Los Angeles Clippers
29 Oklahoma City Thunder
30 San Antonio Spurs