There are plenty of reasons not to take DeMarcus Cousins at #3 in the Draft on June 24. He is immature, with a combustible personality. He is consistently out-of-shape with a body fat percentage of more than 16 per cent. He's more of a center and the Nets already have one of them in Brook Lopez.
But there's one reason to take him: he is the most NBA-ready big man in the Draft and, according to some stats geeks, the most NBA-ready player, period.
Rod Thorn indicated to Fred Kerber that he likes the 6'11", 290-pound center with the 7'6" wingspan, specifically saying of their meeting Thursday night: "We were impressed. He's not in tip-top condition but he certainly has time to get into shape."
For his part, Cousins says he's the one. "That's been the question the whole year, my so-called red flags, but I'm misunderstood a lot. It's just something I'm trying to show them now," said Cousins, "If I was a GM, I'd take me."
- Nets mull UK giant at No. 3 - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Cousins Hopes to Change Perceptions at NBA Combine - Andrew Seligman - AP
- NBA Draft Dish: Wall Defends Cousins' Attitude - Sean Deveney - The Sporting News
- At NBA Draft Combine, Sixers talking to everyone - Keith Pompey - Philadelphia Inquirer
- Aminu: I'm not lazy - Rick Bonnell - Charlotte Observer
- NBA GMs have tough call to make on talented DeMarcus Cousins - Frank Hughes - Sports Illustrated
The scoop out of Chicago: pre-draft camp happenings - Scott Howard-Cooper - NBA.com