JNixon-Iggy9's Countdown to The Draft: 60 Prospects in 30 Days (4 & 3)
4: DeMarcus Cousins, 6’11 292, C/PF, Kentucky
Ehh, Cousins Cousins Cousins. The nicest, most fun-loving guy in the draft… Physically, Cousins is a grown-assed man. He’s the biggest body in the draft easily, with long arms and big hands too. Simply bull-strong, and repeatedly got away with physically raping NCAA big men with no Vaseline. He also has one of the highest body fat % in the draft though, and supposed was “in the best shape of his life” at the combine weigh-in. Haha. He’s not what I’d consider an athlete. Not quite quick, fast, a leaper, and he isn’t explosive around the rim at all (too much excess weight). Will need to turn a good deal of his fat into muscle mass to reach his athletic potential, which is still not that high. On offense, it’s tough not to talk highly about Cousins. He has a vast post arsenal with up-an-unders, drop-steps, hooks, and has a very quick and deadly spin move he likes to use if his matchup gets too aggressive. Really good at feeling his man with his butt/back to know where he is without looking back, which helps him make moves with his head up and gives him added floor awareness. That’s an underrated skill for a big man. Nice in the pick and roll. Good ball-handler and jump shooter for his size. Doesn’t fall in love with his perimeter tools as much as he used to in HS though, which is good and helps him take advantage of his physical ability. Very good finisher obviously despite a lack of explosiveness, and easily has the best low-post game in the draft. Best suited for a half-court team IMO. Aggressive scorer. Great on the offensive glass. Not likely to pass the ball, but will find the open man sporadically in nice fashion and isn’t quite prone to TO’s. On D, Cousins will struggle. Not athletic enough to be a true shot-blocking presence despite his size, and isn’t quick to enough to effectively defend decisive post moves down low or big men that face up from mid-range extended out. Will not show effort a lot of times and is usually the last man up the floor after missed or made shots. Fundamentals? HAHAHA. Will contest sometimes and can make the occasional block or steal though. Pretty good defensive rebounder, but will get outworked for boards at times (something Calipari hates lol).
I think Cousins is extremely talented, and would fit perfectly for a team that plays half-court and has a relatively soft low-post game (Sacremento). He definitely has maturity issues, and doesn’t seem to be all that focused at times, but he’s still young and can get that together. He does need to get in optimal conditioning to reach his athletic potential (which would help playing potential as well). Will be a great scorer, but he should play with a team that plays half-court, and has some good shooters and defenders to compliment his offensive ability.
3: Greg Monroe, 6’11 247, PF/C, Georgetown
I think he’s the 2nd best prospect in this class. Bite me. Physically, Monroe is probably better than average. He has ideal height, weight, and length for the position. And he can probably stand to gain 5 lbs of muscle too without loss of anything. A mediocre athlete, Monroe is average in his leaping ability, quickness, and agility, but not as bad as most think. Offensively, Monroe has a pretty high skill level that’s not even as good as it can potentially be. One of the top 5 best passers in this draft bar none, and should be of the top bigs in the NBA immediately as well. His passing ability, his best skill, was perfect for the Princeton offense at G’Town, as they used him in the high and low post and even the top of the key as a de facto PG. Found shooters all over the place and is really accurate and instinctive in his passing and has outstanding court vision that comes with being a 6’11 face-up player. His high post game is stellar, and he has the footwork and ball-handling skills to create off the dribble and the touch to score. Flashes some impressive spin and under and under moves at times. Decent mid-range game, but could stand to get better and more polished. Will shoot perimeter shots, but isn’t consistent with it yet and will have to get more repetition. Down low, Monroe is pretty good, but with polish can get even better. Spin move is his go-to. Would be better off developing a jump hook with both hands to add more versatility to his game. VERY left-handed, and can struggle to score if you cut it off. Fluidity and footwork make it hard for you too defend him for one move. Elite ability to bait his matchup with fakes and counter-moves down low, which frees him for a lot of shots despite a lack of athleticism. Much tougher than people give him credit for (currently he is…not his Fr. year) down low, and will take over games in spurts if your not careful with his scoring and passing. More finesse than power, but don’t think he’s not a competitor. Could stand to be more aggressive though. Not a great offensive rebounder. On D, Monroe is decent. Will be held back a little by his lack of quickness and athleticism though. Wouldn’t quite call him a shot-blocking presence when projecting him to the NBA. Should get his share of steals though. Fundamentally sound to make up for some of his lack of athleticism. Will make efforts to contest. Looks like a fish out of the tank on the perimeter if switched. Armon Bassett and that other little guard can tell you alllll about it. Does defend pick and roll well. Hedges and switches cleanly. Still can be scored on though, especially by bigs with stocky builds and natural leverage. OK defensive rebounder.
I think Monroe has a skill set that is a mix of Pau Gasol’s and LaMarcus Aldridge. He’s got the fundamentally sound defensive ability, passing skills, the ability to face up, and the size of Pau, but the lack of a left hand, mediocre rebounding, and aggression of LaMarcus Aldridge. I think he can be an All-Star player in the future, and he’s the 2nd most NBA-ready player in this draft IMO (Evan Turner).
repeatedly got away with physically raping NCAA big men with no Vaseline. LMAO YOU ARE A FOOL!!!!!!
You got to keep it rated PG if you want to get an internship 1 day just a heads up but i like.
Another outstanding piece of the TOP 60 Prospects once again.And why should we expect anything less from MR 7000 himself?
What do you think about Micheal Washington?Whats the odds of a team warming up to him?
I like Washington and have ever since he played with Pat Beverley and Sonny Weems...He's gotten more polished since then though. Definitely should've declared as a Junior but he's got nice athleticism for a PF, a still developing perimeter game. Would've liked for him to get a post game over the years and to have gotten stronger, but both of those didn't all the way come true. Also not what I'd call a good defender and the fact that he's old as hell hurts his upside. I had him in my mock for the longest, but he's probably D-League material and is unlikely to get drafted, but I would've be surprised if he was a late 2nd rounder given his raw tools.
I know your high on Monroe so I posted a thread for you to comment on "Monroe or Cousins"
About Monroe, I meant to say he was the THIRD (3rd) best prospect in the draft. Not 2nd. Sorry.
i undestand why you rate Monroe over Cousins and wouldn't discredit your opinion. Im not here to be an anus. I really think Cousins could be a 18 and 10 guy in 3 years. I see Monore in 3 years maybe with 15ppg 7rpg and 4.5apg. Monroe in Golden State could have great numbers. They are both solid options for whatever team they are picked by. Just my opinion.