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David Thorpe on DeMarcus Cousins

Getting drafted is not at all a concern for DeMarcus Cousins. He's probably guaranteed to be one of the top two overall prospects in this draft, no matter who declares, and would be on every top-five list that's based on talent. And that holds true for just about any draft.

 

His combination of size, hands and ability to get buckets is very, very special. I typically watch multiple NBA games every night. And whenever I see Cousins play I think of Zach Randolph and Al Jefferson, only taller (with a little Pau Gasol mixed in). And just so you know, those first two guys are among the very best low-post scorers in basketball today, worldwide.

 

In the draft, getting a post player who can really score is one of the best ways to upgrade a team, as low-post scorers are not nearly as prevalent as they once were. But drafting Cousins seems as much of a risk now as it did six months ago when he started playing at Kentucky and the red flags started waving.

 

I sat there in shock watching him get into at least two verbal spats with Kentucky head coach John Calipari in the Elite Eight. To beat a team as mature and tough as West Virginia, Kentucky needed to have 100 percent of its players' and coaches' attention on the game, with a single-minded purpose. That wasn't possible with Cousins acting out in those situations. Was it the reason the Wildcats lost? To my eyes, it was every bit as important as all those missed 3s. And therein lies the problem with Cousins.

http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/blog?name=nba_draft&id=5043893&action=login&appRedirect=http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/blog%3fname%3dnba_draft%26id%3d5043893

Don't have insider so that's far as I get. Could anyone with insider tell us what's in there? 

Anyway, that's the thing with Cousins. You're getting a talented player, but a player that could be such a disruptive guy in terms of bickering and being hotheaded that it might negate all the good he does for your team. Not even factoring in the conditioning issues and his willingness to address that as well as his interest in playing defense or passing the ball.

He very well could be an early years Zach Randolph. And if you've forgotten by now, Randolph was a guy who put up 20-10 numbers, but loved to shoot from the perimeter way too much, was not athletic, wasn't a good defender, has been involved with on the court (punching people) and off the court (getting arrested) problems, and has only gotten his act together now, 9 years and 4 teams into his career. Sounds like a good comparison to me. 



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