Commentary

Which veteran should Alexander study?

Originally Published: April 2, 2009
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.

Click the pics below to see which veteran each rookie should study.

Derrick Rose
Rose
Michael Beasley
Beasley
O.J. Mayo
Mayo
Russell Westbrook
Westbrook
Kevin Love
Love
Danilo Gallinari
Gallinari
Eric Gordon
Gordon
Joe Alexander
Alexander
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D.J. Augustin
Augustin
Brook Lopez
Lopez
Jerryd Bayless
Bayless
Jason Thompson
Thompson
Brandon Rush
Rush
Anthony Randolph
Randolph
Marreese Speights
Speights
Roy Hibbert
Hibbert
JaVale McGee
McGee
J.J. Hickson
Hickson
Courtney Lee
Lee
Mario Chalmers
Chalmers
Anthony Morrow
Morrow
Greg Oden
Oden
Marc Gasol
Gasol
Rudy Fernandez
Fernandez

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Joe Alexander
Milwaukee Bucks
Ron Artest
Houston Rockets

In terms of knowing the game and having an amazing feel for it on the court, Artest has few equals. Combine that with his great length and strength, and it's obvious why he has been a special defensive player for years.

Alexander needs to build a foundation somewhere on the court, and defense is a good place for him to start. He's also long, strong and athletic, so it's about learning the game from a defensive standpoint and then prioritizing improvement on that end of the floor.

Playing with confidence on defense like Artest does means staying locked in, tough-minded and ready even after getting scored on -- similar to a cornerback in football. If Alexander can accomplish this, he'll find a place in the Bucks' rotation.

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David Thorpe is an NBA analyst for Scouts Inc. and the executive director of the Pro Training Center in Clearwater, Fla., where he oversees the player development program for more than 40 NBA, European League and D-League players. Those players include Kevin Martin, Rob Kurz, Luol Deng, Courtney Lee and Tyrus Thomas. To e-mail him, click here.