NBA Draft 2012: 8 Prospects Who Will Need to Change Playing Styles for NBA

Natalie Saar@NatalieSaarContributor IIIMay 29, 2012

NBA Draft 2012: 8 Prospects Who Will Need to Change Playing Styles for NBA

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    There are a ton of players heading into the 2012 NBA draft this year who are nearly NBA ready—and may still get taken in the first round—but still need work on their game.

    Playing in college is much different than the pros and there are things that certain players will need to change about their style.

    These are eight players who need to change it up.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

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    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is a tall, young player. He's entering the draft after his freshman year, so obviously his game needs some work.

    He's a good raw player, but needs to change up his style a bit. He attacks the basket too much at times, which is an odd thing to say, but it's true.

    Sometimes he'll forgo an easy, close jumper to try and get to the basket. His inside style is something that needs refinement, but there is time to work on this.

Thomas Robinson

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    Thomas Robinson is a junior power forward who needs to be realistic with his skill set. He his physically strong and imposing, but his offensive skill set is lacking.

    He needs to work on his post game and be in control of the ball.

    Being on an NBA team with professionals will help him develop into a player who can have post moves and still make the outside shots from time to time. 

    Robinson can make it in the NBA, but he needs to hone his style more so than change it. Once Robinson finds what he's best at, he can work on those skills.

Bradley Beal

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    Since Bradley Beal is on the short side for shooting guards, he's going to need to change his style.

    He has a tough time in traffic and often gets his shot blocked when he drives to the basket.

    Beal needs to come up with some creative ways to get inside, or work harder on getting his shot from the outside. This will require him to look for and create his own shots, which he doesn't typically do.

Harrison Barnes

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    Harrison Barnes out of North Carolina needs to change up his style to create shots. He'll typically wait for a shot or choose a tough shot rather than doing the extra work and getting the shot.

    His perimeter play is what requires a lot of work, but when it's on, it's on. It can be fixed by changing up his style.

    He's got a very high basketball IQ and learning how to create different shots for himself shouldn't be a problem.

Andre Drummond

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    Andre Drummond is going to be a promising NBA player, but he has to change up his game a bit.

    This means that Drummond needs to get better with his post moves because he has the height to be a great power forward/center in the league.

    The main thing he needs to work on is his post game. His style doesn't need to change so much as it needs to be refined. 

Dion Waiters

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    Dion Waiters is a clear shooting guard, although his size is a drawback. He's going to struggle against the NBA's larger guards.

    In terms of his playing style, Waiters will need to learn how to increase his production from half court by facilitating, then he will fare much better in the NBA and teams will find him more valuable. This will also potentially increase the amount of shots he's able to get. 

Meyers Leonard

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    The seven-foot Meyers Leonard needs to do one of two things: learn how to shoot short jumpers or gain some weight.

    Leonard is a true seven-footer and will fare well in the NBA, but will not be anything special. If he can learn to shoot from the outside, just slightly, then he'll be an even bigger threat offensively.

    That small style change will also make it easier for him to fit in various defensive schemes. Gaining weight will also make him highly competitive with the current big men.

Doron Lamb

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    Doron Lamb can score, and that's half the battle. What he'll have to change about his style is that he needs to fit into a position.

    He's been straddling the point guard and shooting guard positions, but he isn't great at either, and that's the problem.

    He really likes to shoot, but isn't excellent at playmaking.

    Lamb needs to decide where he's most comfortable playing because riding the line and being mediocre will have him riding the pine in the NBA.