Commentary

Which veteran should Gordon 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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Eric Gordon
Los Angeles Clippers
Richard Hamilton
Detroit Pistons

Gordon is already a beast to defend with the ball in his hands. But to make himself even more difficult to defend (and prepare for), he'll need to learn how to play without the ball. Hamilton is a master at constantly moving and changing speeds while running through multiple screens ... throughout the entire game.

Gordon can excel at this. And he'll still have the opportunity to create a shot off the dribble if the initial screening action does not free him. As the Clips improve and opponents try to deny Gordon the ball, learning to use screens the way Rip does will come in handy.

Next rookie: Joe Alexander

Photo credits: (l-r) Steve Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images, Ron Hoskins/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.