Before I start, let's go back to the year 1996 when John Calipari and the Nets had a chance to pick Kobe Bryant in the 1st round but selected Kerry Kittles instead. Not picking Kobe in 1996 changed the course of Net history forever.
Now, let's fast forward to June 24th, 2010. The Nets have a chance to pick Demarcus Cousins who is a 6'11" 290lb. stud with skill sets that can change the course of a game. Cousins gives you size, defensive presence, he's aggressive and finishes close to the rim. He can be a tremendous asset for the Nets. Now I'm not comparing Cousins to Kobe, but I'm just pointing out that one draft mistake can cost a team bigtime.
After John Wall and Evan Turner, Cousins is definitely the best talent available. Let's not forget that the two teams playing in the 2010 NBA finals (L.A. Lakers and Boston Celtics) each have two skilled big men in their starting lineup. For the Nets, Cousins and Lopez can be a formidable front line . . . now, if you add free agent Rudy Gay at Small forward with D. Harris and T-Will/ C. Lee in the backcourt, you have yourself a playoff bound young team with a future.
Rod, I hope you don't make the mistake of 1996, just pick the best available talent at number three.