2010 NBA Draft: For Minnesota, DeMarcus Cousins Is Clear Cut Choice

Timber WolfAnalyst IIJune 10, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 20: Demarcus Cousins #15 of the Kentucky Wildcats  shoots over the defense of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the New Orleans Arena on March 20, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
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OK, this 6'11'', 19 year old manchild is going to be available to the Minnesota Timberwolves at #4.

Statistically, Demarcus Cousins is the best player coming into the draft. He has size, length, aggressiveness, and a passion for the game of basketball.  However, because of his off-court issues, Demarcus' stock has slipped, and there are Wolves fans around the web seriously saying that they would take someone else over him.

My advice to them is, get a grip and look at the bigger picture. As long as the boy isn't getting into fights with NBA fans, pulling out guns on his own teammates, and running into the crowd with red in his eyes, there should be no need to talk about his off-court issues.

He's 19 years old. 19! A teenager, all teens have issues. Picture you, being a 17 or 18 year old, roughly 6'7'' to 6'9''.  You get into a fight, and everyone treats you like you are a grown man. Yes, he has some growing up to do, but he's not grown: none of these players are.

The fact is, he's a beast on the court. The problem with big men coming into the NBA is that most of them become passive in their game. Demarcus has not a passive bone in his body when he's on the court. He's cold blooded, he's out for blood (figuratively speaking), and he's out there to handle business.

It comes off as him being mean, or evil, yet I never see a smile on NBA center Kendrick Perkins' face when he's on the court, and no one says anything about him having off the court issues.

Demarcus is tough, tough looking, and tough minded, while being extremely skilled and big. I, for one, think that's a very rare commodity in the NBA.

Take into account that there are NUMEROUS teams wanting the Wolves 4th pick, and I don't hear anyone else complaining about his off-court issues.

He'd be a perfect fit to the roster via trading Al Jefferson and would look great backing up Kevin Love and Darko Milicic, being able to play both positions and play and defend them well. If you got Kevin Love and Demarcus, I doubt that anyone would be able to rebound over these guys in 2 years.

I fully expect the Wolves to take Demarcus Cousins with their 4th pick, if they do not move up in the draft. He's the best player available, and skill and stat wise, the best player in the draft.

15 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks roughly in 24 MPG. Absolutely amazing, considering the level of talent that he was playing against, and the fact that he was sharing the spotlight with the likes of John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, and Patrick Patterson, all projected players to go in the 1st round.

Head coach Kurt Rambis was able to keep a 15-win Timberwolves team optimistic, and had no types of red flags off the court. Demarcus will more than likely need extra attention, and that's fine. There shouldn't be any reason as to why the Wolves don't take him.


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