It's possible that Ed Stefanski does his old boss a favor and chooses a big man at #2, permitting Rod Thorn to take Evan Turner, the 6'7" swingman from Ohio State. Syracuse's similar sized Wesley Johnson could do the same by wowing the Nets. But neither scenario is as likely as the Nets having to choose between two teenaged big men: DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky's 6'11" prototypical center, and Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech's 6'10" power forward.
It's generally acccepted that Cousins has the most potential but the most risk as well, with a personality described as both "combustible" and "selfish". Favors was listed above John Wall in some high school rankings last year but is considered "raw" and perhaps less aggressive than he should be. Fred Kerber and the Daily News' Dick Weiss are at the Pre-Draft Combine in Chicago and offer their thoughts.
Meanwhile, John Hollinger ranks Cousins a clear No. 1 in his annual projections, followed by Turner, Wall, Greg Monroe, the 6'11" Georgetown center, and Favors. Cousins, he writes, could wind up on the same level as Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade.
- Fortune may 'Favors' the Nets - Fred Kerber - New York Post
Wall Figured Nets Were Out - Fred Kerber - New York Post Nets Blog
- Prokhorov could relate to Cousins - Dick Weiss - New York Daily News
Cousins hopes to change perceptions at NBA combine - Andrew Seligman - AP
- 2010 NBA Draft: Which prospects have the most pro potential? - John Hollinger - ESPN Insider
Coach: Favors Would be Good Pick for Nets - Adam Zagoria - Zags Blog