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Which veteran should Udoh study?

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According to David Thorpe, he should follow Kevin Garnett, of course: Heading into the draft, I thought Udoh had a chance to be a triple-threat player -- capable of post-up scoring, perimeter shooting and strong defense in all areas. He's far away from the first two -- though by no means is that book closed -- but he can be a defensive force in the near future. The sooner he cues up the tape on KG, the better for him. KG is likely the best help defender in basketball (though I think Joakim Noah is headed that way), and he's great on the ball as well. It's no longer his overall physical skills that propel him to the top but his awareness, intensity and commitment to quarterback his team on that end; he wills the Celtics to compete and get in the right spots one possession after another. He's truly a coach on the floor, something Udoh can't be for years. But starting that process today, learning all there is to know about what the other team is running and what his team's strategies are, and watching KG command the game from the baseline would make Udoh more effective for Golden State without him ever needing to make a shot.

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