Commentary

Which veteran should Beasley 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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Michael Beasley
Miami Heat
Carlos Boozer
Utah Jazz

As Beasley's physique fills out during the next two seasons, he could really be a handful inside against most defenders. But first he has to commit to getting stronger and then using that added power. He sometimes is too good a shooter for his own good, often settling to stay on the perimeter.

Boozer routinely crushes people in the paint, banging and pushing his way to double-doubles. He also is ambidextrous and can finish with both hands. With Beasley's great hands and feel, he could learn to be just as good a scorer with his weak hand.

Next rookie: O.J. Mayo

Photo credits: (l-r) Victor Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images, Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images

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.