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New York Knicks
Millsap seems to play every game like he's still upset about being a second-round draft pick. He does the tough stuff for the Jazz -- boards, defense, hustle, screens -- and is also a better offensive player than he's given credit for.
Gallinari, on the other hand, was a heralded young pro in Europe and the first draft pick of the Walsh-D'Antoni era. In an offense that craves bigs with skills, the sharp-shooting forward can be more than just an outside threat if he puts his mind to it. Studying a guy like Millsap can help him reach those higher levels of play.
Next rookie: Eric Gordon
Photo credits: (l-r) Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images, Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE/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.
Scouts Inc.'s David Thorpe is giving out homework: Which veteran should Danilo Gallinari study?