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Questionable Cousins still must go in top four

Posted on: June 23, 2010 2:35 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2010 9:36 am
 

The most intriguing debate heading into Thursday's NBA Draft is the debate about DeMarcus Cousins.

Will he be the Rookie of the Year?

Will he be a headache?

Truth is, it won't surprise me if Cousins turns out to be both. The guy is an awesome talent and uneven personality whose reputation is well earned. My guess is that he'll put 18 points and 17 rebounds on somebody in the first month of his NBA career and cause general managers who passed on him to cry, then two months later be caught on camera arguing with an assistant coach, at which point those same general managers will be thankful they passed.

And that's probably how Cousins' career will go.

Lots of nice moments surrounded by lots of shake-your-head moments.

So the question the Nets (picking third) and Timberwolves (picking fourth) must ask themselves is whether they'd rather have Cousins and his issues, or Derrick Favors, Wes Johnson or Greg Monroe, because it's not close in terms of talent. On talent alone, Cousins should probably be the second pick (behind only Kentucky teammate John Wall) and perhaps the No. 1 overall pick. As much as I've criticized Cousins' demeanor, I've never questioned his ability. He's big and strong and skilled, and he was the most dominant force in college basketball last season. I love his potential, but I'm scared he'll never be able to get out of his own way. That's the dilemma. That's always been the dilemma.

And yet I still wonder how much it should matter.

I still really do wonder if we care too much about character.

I mean, I just watched the Lakers win an NBA title with a player who has been accused of rape (Kobe Bryant), a player who ran into the stands to punch a fan (Ron Artest), a player who once demanded a trade from the team that drafted him (Pau Gasol), and a player who married the worst Kardashian just weeks after meeting her (Lamar Odom). Again, those are our world champions. Meantime, the Indianapolis Police Department believes Zach Randolph could be a drug kingpin, and he's an All-Star. Dwyane Wade has gone through some kind of crazy divorce and may or may not be a terrible father, but he's a pretty successful basketball player. Carmelo Anthony once told criminals not to snitch on other criminals, but I'd take him on my team. Tyreke Evans was the driver of a car that carried a murderer away to safety, but he was also the Rookie of the Year.

I could do this forever, but you get the point.

Character matters, sure.

But nothing matters in the NBA more than talent.

You don't win or lose with good people and bad people.

You win or lose with talented players and untalented players.

So I'd take Wall ahead of Cousins and I might -- let me stress might -- take Turner and Favors ahead of him, too. But there's absolutely no way Cousins -- a 6-foot-11, 280-pound forward who averaged 15.1 points and 9.8 rebounds in 23.5 minutes per game as a freshman -- should go any lower than fourth in this draft, absolutely no way Cousins should be selected behind Johnson, Monroe or anybody else not named Wall, Turner or Favors because you don't pass on a potential All-Star unless you're getting a potential All-Star in his place.

There are only four prospects in this draft who project as potential All-Stars.
  • John Wall
  • Evan Turner
  • Derrick Favors
  • DeMarcus Cousins
If they're not the first four picks Thursday night, somebody messed up.
Comments

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2010 2:06 am
 

Questionable Cousins still must go in top four

As a limited Timberwolves basketball fan (because it's hard to root for a 15-team win team with no exciting players), i spent many an day watching Kentucky Wildcats, and not because of John Wall, but because of Demarcus Cousins. More times than not, I felt Cousins was the best player on the floor, and in an era where there are so few big men that can dominate an NBA game, I think the Wolves can't pass on this guy. he will be a force in the middle, and a fan favorite for his monsterous dunks, and fierce rebounding.

Players like Wesley Johnson can be found on the free agent pool, or later in the draft.... It's easier to sign a FA and tell him he has a chance to become a scorer.... Big men are just too hard to find.

I won't be disappointed if the Wolves draft Johnson, if David Kahn and the front office just don't want to take the risk, but then again, they took a risk with Riccky Rubio.

There are many "experts", including ESPN's Jay Bilas, who feel Cousins is the second most talented player, and "it's not even close" as who the best big man is in this year's draft.

PLEASE WOLVES!!! Draft Cousins.. I might even by the $4 season ticket package if you do.



Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2010 11:27 pm
 

Questionable Cousins still must go in top four

let's be real here who hasn't done oneor multiple things on that list. It's a very common thing I know everyone has done at least one of those in their lifetime.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2010 6:07 pm
 

An enigma for sure...

Hard to say which way Cousins' career will go, by all accounts he had moments at UK where he showed great character off the court and other times where he was immature on the court, so who knows.  But he does have talent so it will be hard for folks to pass him up...



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2010 5:42 pm
 

Questionable Cousins still must go in top four

Oh shut up you big weenie.....you probably know more about 4th century Swedish jugglers than you do Kentucky basketball (you sorta gave that away when you refered to Kentucky as KU......KU is Kansas, UK is Kentucky)......those "brats" you refer to are 5 of the top 20 players available. Your Pacers suck, they should be thrilled to get ANY of them. But having a hayseed ex garbage truck driver as your GM will probably keep you from doing anything smart......Every single one of those young men are as good a people as they are basketball players. They are respectful, law-abiding, polite young men. Patterson in particular.....he makes Colin Powell look like a Black Panther. That kid is about as solid as anyone you'll ever meet. Same with the rest of them, including Cousins. Your are simply another slack-jawed goober that believes everything he reads. Grow about 40 or 50 IQ points and take another look......

Here's a tip......do not watch the NBA Draft tomorrow. It is basically The Kentucky Wildcat Show......starring Wall, Bledsoe, Cousins, Orton, Patterson, Calipari. They will will ALL be there....every time you look up you'll see one of those "brats"......on the way to a bank near you !! Millions of dollars richer !!!

Bloody idiot.........



Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2010 5:35 pm
 

Questionable Cousins still must go in top four

 I just hope the Pacers do not pick up one of these brats, please Larry, don't do it!!!
You just better hope its Patterson instead of Orton because then you will be real dissappointed



Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2010 4:13 pm
 

Questionable Cousins still must go in top four

I hate Kentucky, anything to do with Kentucky basketball.  Kentucky Kernals,recruited a bunch of kids who had no intention of getting an education.  They were not worried about the storied program at KU, they were worried about thier own little game and how good they looked individually.  That showed last year in the games they lost, when they lost, they looked bad!  I just hope the Pacers do not pick up one of these brats, please Larry, don't do it!!!



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2010 3:47 pm
 

Questionable Cousins still must go in top four

Yes Cousins should go top 4, he's not Eddy Curry who has no heart or plays no D.

The weight is a problem but once you get him into camps and preseason going I bet he gets into better shape.

Playing against guys closer to his size will help too, no more taking everything for granted against smaller college players.


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Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2010 3:22 pm
 

Questionable Cousins still must go in top four

I mean, I just watched the Lakers win an NBA title with a player who has been accused of rape (Kobe Bryant), a player who ran into the stands to punch a fan (Ron Artest), a player who once demanded a trade from the team that drafted him (Pau Gasol), and a player who married the worst Kardashian just weeks after meeting her (Lamar Odom). Again, those are our world champions. Meantime, the Indianapolis Police Department believes Zach Randolph could be a drug kingpin, and he's an All-Star. Dwyane Wade has gone through some kind of crazy divorce and may or may not be a terrible father, but he's a pretty successful basketball player. Carmelo Anthony once told criminals not to snitch on other criminals, but I'd take him on my team. Tyreke Evans was the driver of a car that carried a murderer away to safety, but he was also the Rookie of the Year.
Makes me want to stop caring about the NBA altogether...



Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2010 3:00 pm
 

Questionable Cousins still must go in top four

Gary, Russians drink a lot of Vodka and get a lot of headaches.  Therefore, the Nets will take Cousins with the 3rd pick.  They just didn't want Philly to get interested in him because they acted interested.   


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