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

Kenneth Faried Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE/Getty ImagesKenneth Faried's specialties of rebounding and high energy have helped him establish himself.

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.


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