Fantasy Basketball: Don't Go Nuts and Draft DeMarcus Cousins

ChendaddyCorrespondent IOctober 10, 2010

NEW YORK - JUNE 24:  DeMarcus Cousins stands with NBA Commisioner David Stern after being drafted fifth by  The Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden on June 24, 2010 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The Bipolar DeMarcus Cousins

Let's take a magnifying glass to DeMarcus Cousins's 2010 summer league numbers:

DATE
MIN
FG%
FT%
PTS
REB
AST
STL
BLK
TO
PF
7/12
26:02
.455
.667
14
10
1
0
0
5
4
7/13
31:23
.400
1.000
19
12
3
2
2
5
6
7/14
34:37
.529
.571
22
12
5
4
1
5
2
7/16
28:18
.278
.857
16
12
2
1
1
6
10
7/17
30:57
.200
1.000
10
7
0
1
2
3
5
7/18
27:08
.083
.571
6
6
0
1
1
5
2
AVG
29:44
.333
.735
14.5
9.8
1.8
1.5
1.2
4.8
4.8


Of course, you never put too much faith into summer league numbers, but it's the way Cousins produced these numbers that should make your finger hesitate over that big "DRAFT" button.

He started off strong, peaked in Game 3, then started to struggle. How did he handle adversity? He pouted like he always does, chucked up more shots, refused to adjust, and closed out the second half of the Vegas summer league with nine shots made on 45 attempts for a .200 FG percentage.

Maybe Cousins figures it out like my personal hero and Slim-Fast spokesman Kevin Durant did in his rookie season, but I don't see that same sense of discipline and humility in him.

DeMarcus Cousins is talented for sure, but if he walks like a bust and talks like a bust...