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Thursday, April 2, 2009
Which veteran should Mayo study?

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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O.J. Mayo
Memphis Grizzlies
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder

Last season, Durant often seemed satisfied just putting up big scoring numbers. This season, however, he has proven to be a do-it-all performer. And it's no surprise the Thunder have improved, too.

I'd like to see Mayo making the same progress from season to season. He might not be in KD's class as a player, but he still can improve greatly and build on his excellent first season. More drives, closer jumpers, more free throws and more boards from Mayo would lead to more wins for the Grizzlies.

Next rookie: Russell Westbrook

Photo credits: (l-r) Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images, Larry W. Smith/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.