Colin details why Rodney Hood was such an important piece in Cavaliers trade-deadline deals

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Colin Cowherd talks Rodney Hood and his role on LeBron's Cavaliers. Will the former Utah Jazz shooter push Cleveland to another NBA Finals appearance?

COLIN COWHERD: Cleveland obviously-- it doesn't take a genius to figure out-- Cleveland got younger, more shooters, more energy. You know, it wasn't that difficult to figure out. Lakers were trying to clear space. They did that. And then Cleveland brought in Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Rodney Hood. The guy that jumps out to me is Rodney Hood. Because Rodney Hood is a 6' 8" guy who can shoot. And apparently Utah, because they have this good rookie named Donovan Mitchell, and they like a guy named Joe Ingles, they're like, all right, we're done with Rodney Hood. He's kind of inconsistent.

But I would make the argument that Rodney Hood with LeBron is a lot better than Al Horford with Kyrie. And you know, there's this old saying I've had for years called the say-it-out-loud theory. And I tell my kid this all the time. Before you do something, if you wonder if it's a good idea, and you're like, I don't know if I should do that, just say it out loud. And just stare at the words. Say it out loud. Don't out-think the room.

I mean, if you just look at the roster for the Cavs the day before the trade and the day after the trade, they're obviously a better team. The day before the trade they had Isaiah Thomas with bad hips, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert-- multiple surgeries, Derrick Rose-- mostly bad everything, Dwayne Wade-- old, and Jae Crowder-- not the same dude. Just say it out loud. That got replaced by Rodney Hood, George Hill, Larry Nance Jr., and Jordan Clarkson. But what's really interesting to me in this whole move is that Clarkson, George Hill, and Rodney Hood, these guys can score. Especially George Hill and Rodney Hood.

And as good as Brad Stevens is for Boston, you can coach up defense. Because defense is about effort. But even Brad Stevens is limited what he can do with their offense. If Kyrie Irving is not hot, Boston's offense is limited. They're 25th in scoring, they're 24th in field goal percentage, and they're 21st in offensive efficiency. That's with Brad Stevens. That's with Brad Stevens. Those are the rankings for Boston offensively.

OK. Defense is about effort. I can-- a great coach can get guys-- Popovich, Brad Stevens-- they can get guys to play harder. But offensively, you can either shoot like Kyle Korver or you can't. And so to me, Rodney Hood's ceiling with LeBron is much higher than Al Horford's with Kyrie. So just think about the players I have now for Cleveland on this roster. LeBron, George Hill, Korver, JR, Kevin Love, Rodney Hood, Jeff Green.

OK. That is seven legitimate-- I'm not mentioning-- did I mentioned LeBron? That's seven to eight legitimate offensive scorers. Kevin Love's 20-plus, LeBron, JR, Korver, George Hill, Rodney Hood. Boston doesn't match up. I'm not even mentioning Jeff Green off the bench, who can get really hot. He's having a great year. So I mean, to me, it's just not an age thing. You added Rodney Hood and George Hill. You can't teach what they can do, potentially, playing with LeBron.

A defensive coach can get you effort. He can inspire you and make-- everybody in this league could be a better defensive player. Everybody could be a better defensive player. Not everybody has great talent offensively. Like, I look at Cleveland's roster right now, you've got eight-- seven, eight guys who have, at one point in their career-- they can be 20-point-a-game guys.

So I think they-- I think Cleveland separated from Boston. And I think Cleveland absolutely closed the gap on Golden State. Because I think even with Brad Stevens, you look at the offensive numbers for Boston, they're just limited. 19-year-old Jayson Tatum. Al Horford gives you 14 a night. If Kyrie Irving is not hitting, there are nights Boston falls into a deep, dark abyss and they can't get out from it. I mean, they trail by double digits a lot. And that's when, like, Kyrie's not hitting, Boston's limited offensively.