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Rookie Watch: Who's bringing the D?

Originally Published: January 6, 2009
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.

Conventional wisdom suggests NBA coaches may preach about defense but will always defer to good offense if given the choice. But in reality, coaches are more pragmatic than that. They will look to players, rookies or not, who can help their teams. And if they need more help on defense, then that's what they'll look for. (The same goes for rebounding, shot-blocking, athleticism, etc.)

So rooks trying to move up in the rotation need to be aware of just what their team is in short supply of ...

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