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Cousins is a talented force inside, with an improving array of post moves and an excellent knack for securing rebounds. His brute force and strength create tons of matchup problems for his defenders. As he improves his shooting efficiency and stops picking up so many bad fouls, he could become a legitimate All-Star.
There are some weaknesses to Cousins' game, mainly in his athleticism. His strength is unquestioned, but while he's extremely effective because of his brute size, he's unable to keep up with quicker, more athletic forwards.
In the perfect world, the Kings need an athletic defender to go alongside Cousins, a Serge Ibaka-type who can help the Kings guard the quicker bigs.
Sacramento already has forward Jason Thompson, a fringe starter at the beginning of the season who is quickly proving to be one of the more underrated bigs in the league. They also have captain Chuck Hayes, who provides excellent defense and leadership off the bench.
But while the Kings already have two legitimate starters to pair with Cousins, they could stand to improve the position and add another big, should one present himself in the draft.
The Kings also have a need at small forward, particularly someone who can both play off the ball and is a quick and athletic defender. Sacramento already has enough potential volume scorers—Cousins being the foremost of them.
The Kings' perimeter defense also needs serious work. While Cousins is an intimidating force inside for driving opponents, he's not agile enough to be a big-time threat.
The Kings biggest needs are at both the forward spots, preferably someone who is both athletic and can play off the ball. Which of the NCAA Tournament stars could fit that bill?
Here are 10 (not in rank order) who could be a solid fit.