I love DeMarcus Cousins. But watching him develop is an exercise in frustration.
Watching Cousins play basketball is like watching a puppy being trained. You know that he'll get it eventually, you just hope that everything in your home hasn't been destroyed by the time he does.
In this analogy, my "home" would be the Sacramento Kings' franchise, which needs a savior as soon as possible. They need to get their puppies trained, and they need to do it fast. Their couch has been torn to shreds, their carpet has been ripped up, and their tennis shoes are unrecognizable.
Which would be fine—growing pains are normal—if the structure of the house weren't collapsing and the walls weren't closing in around the young ones. Simply, there is no time for growing pains. DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans need to evolve on the fly.
Last week I wrote about the steps that Evans can take to bring his game to the next level.
In a similar vein, here are five players whom Cousins can study, learn from, and generally emulate to bring his game to new heights.