At the beginning of draft time all eyes were on five select players for the top five draft picks, Wall, Turner, Favors, Johnson and Cousins. Cousins was selected 5th overall by the Sacramento Kings despite his well documented immaturity and mentallity.
It was questioned all season long if he was ready, mature enough to enter the NBA and play against the big boys in the league. I too worried about his maturity and ability to contritube at the highest leveland it seems that I was wrong and I wasnt alone, a lot of people out there were wrong too and they know it.
What asked who people felt was the best big man taken in Junes draft a lot would say 'Favors' or 'Monroe' people worried about him and didnt see him as a threat, me included.
So now as Cousins averages a solid 18.3 points per game, 11.3 rebounds and 3 assists plus a block and 2 steals in the Las Vegas Summer League were all starting to think maybe Cousins is the best big man in this class. Obviously his 5 turnovers and 4 fouls is a stat line that people would try to avoid writing about but that will come with experience.
Compared to Derrick Favors stats of 10.6 points per game, 6.8 rebound and 1.2 assists Cousins stats seem even better that before and Favors is getting 3 turnovers and 5.8 fouls so it seems even the 3rd overall pick is struggling on defence, constantly getting in foul trouble (players can foul out in summer league). Obviously im not saying that Favors is going to turn out bad and I think he is going to be a great fit in New Jersey and eventually Brooklyn but right now Cousins is looking great.
Another player taken in Junes draft who many felt was a better player than Cousins was Greg Monroe, Monroe I feel will also turn into a solid big man in Detroit alongside other young players like Jerebko, Daye and Stuckey. His stats so far are 8.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game along with an incredibly high 2.3 steals, but as with the other two there is always a negative 5.3 fouls and 3.7 turnovers.
Again Monroe is not a bad player and neither is Favors but at this moment in time, a player who many felt was immaute, too inexperienced and generally not NBA is the one who is excelling in this years Las Vegas Summer League.
I feel all three of these player will turn out great but the star shinning for Sacramento is currently shining the brightest. Put that alongside the stars currently in Sac-Town guys like, Tyreke Evans, Carl Landry, Omri Casspi, Donte Greene and Jason Thompson and you have a solid, young team that can in future challange for Western Supremacy.