With the 2010 NBA Draft mere hours away, the Kings possess the Nos. 5 and 33 picks in this year's draft.
There is one prized piece in John Wall, along with a small handful of other players that are considered the most likely to come out atop this draft.
These other players are Evan Turner, Derrick Favors, Wesley Johnson, and the man that I expect, and hope, the Kings will pick.
Cousins is the true wild card of this draft. At the age of 19, Cousins is thought to have a very solid post game complimented by a great jumper to go along with superior size and strength. But the red flags that are thrown about quite often have to do with his character.
He is thought to be unmotivated and not in great shape, along with being difficult to coach and handle. But, from various levels of the sports media, I have gathered these statements to be erroneous.
Yes, Cousins could be in better shape. Yes, he may very well be a handful at times. But, Cousins has all the physical tools and skills to be an elite post player. It is a matter of how a coach can reel him in. And I feel Paul Westphal is the type of coach that Cousins could thrive under.
If the two pan out, a combo of Cousins and Tyreke Evans could be the next dynamic duo in the NBA.
Or, Cousins could turn out to be the next Eddy Curry.
Only time will tell. At this point, it would behoove the Kings to roll the dice and take a chance on a player with almost limitless potential.
If Cousins is not available, it would lead me to believe that either Favors or Johnson would be on the board still. Between these two, I would love to have Favors, but would not be upset to have Johnson. Monroe is not a bad option either, but I am concerned about his desire to play and motivation.
There is nothing that says he is a bad person, in fact he seems to be very well-behaved. Monroe, though, is the safe pick at No. 5, but a player who is said to disappear in games and have his intensity questioned is worrisome to me.
With their second round pick I am a bit more particular about who the Kings draft. At this point, Kings GM Geoff Petrie could very well nab a very serviceable rotation player.
Chad Ford has the Kings taking Elliot Williams from Memphis, who is a solid combo guard. He has really emerged this past year and posted some solid numbers.
But, I feel the Kings, if they can, should take Willie Warren. Warren was a top 10 pick just a year ago, but due to a terrible year at Oklahoma, his stock has taken a monumental hit. He is an ultra athletic combo guard that could round out what should be considered a very good backcourt platoon.
Being able to take out either Beno Udrih or Evans and bring in an almost equally sized player who can handle the ball and shoot would be fantastic, and at No. 33 there should be more than a few players available to potentially fill that void.
Nothing is set in stone, but one assumption I am not afraid to make is that Petrie will pick the absolute best player available with both picks. Quincy Douby aside, his track record speaks for itself.