Choose your weapon

Is a versatile skill set (Lamar Odom) better than a specialist's (Kenneth Faried)?

Updated: November 27, 2012, 1:05 PM ET
By Amin Elhassan | ESPN Insider

Each year, teams enter the draft intent on maximizing the value of their picks. Every team wants to select a player who can eventually be a key member, if not a cornerstone piece, for their franchise. One of the interesting decisions at play is the decision to select a player who specializes in a certain skill versus a player with a more versatile, diversified skill set.

It starts with the most important question an NBA player can answer: "Who am I?" This refers to a truthful, introspective look into how a player's blend of talent and experience fits into the grand scheme of playing in the NBA. Whether that player sees himself as a specialist or a jack-of-all-trades, the ability to answer the question truthfully (and accept that answer) is what will allow him to flourish in the NBA.