The lack of talent on this Washington Wizards roster is utterly disturbing.
When I first heard that Sacramento Kings Center, Demarcus Cousins, was being suspended indefinitely, I knew trade rumors would begin to spark up. As mentioned, the Wizards are in desperate need for talent; so why shouldn’t they inquire about possible obtaining Cousins through a trade?
Demarcus Cousins is a familiar face to some Wizards players, as he went on to the Elite Eight of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, along side John Wall. Wall and Cousins obviously have great chemistry amongst each other, and have been known to spend time with each other off the court. Playing together at the University of Kentucky helped the two stars bond and gain comradery.
I know what most of you are thinking ; “We just got rid of all of our head cases, why should we bring in Cousins?”
Well, Demarcus Cousins has the all the tools to become one of the best big men in the NBA. Past ‘head cases’ such as JaVale McGee or Andray Blatche, never had the ceiling Cousins has. Cousins has the ability to step out to fifteen feet, and shoot jump shots better than most forwards in the league. His size allows him to bang in the post with virtually every center the NBA has to offer. His talents are truly unique in today’s NBA, as today’s big men lack the skill to produce on a consistent basis. In just his third year in the NBA, Cousins is already averaging close to 17 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Did anyone ever think McGee or Blatche could dominate in the NBA? I certainly didn’t. Blatche and McGee were both very talented, but their lack of basketball I.Q. affected them more so than Cousins. ‘DMC’ realizes that his talent is greater than that of his opposition, and doesn’t make nearly as many ‘bone headed’ plays on the court as Blatche and McGee. Let’s face it, the ‘knuckle heads’ of the past were walking blooper reels. Cousins isn’t nearly as bad on that side of the spectrum as advertised.
I truly believe that John Wall along side Nene, Martell Webster, and a handful of other players and staff, could steer Demarcus Cousins in the right path. The majority of Cousins’ mistakes or mishaps have been a result of his environment. ‘DMC’ has been a part of a misaligned Sacramento group, which clearly don’t know which direction they want to head their franchise in. That’s certainly not to say that the Wizards have been a more stable franchise, but providing Cousins with a change of scenery could do wonders for his career. The inconsistency in the Kings’ locker room has really thrown Cousins off course.
Who/what would we have to give up in order to acquire Cousins?
The 3-22 Washington Wizards don’t have many assets available for trade. With that said, the Sacramento Kings would likely be willing to unload Cousins in exchange for an expiring contract and another young player. Seraphin, Vesely, and possibly even Emeka Okafor would likely be traded for Cousins along side another ‘throw in’ player. None of the players mentioned have nearly the amount of talent or upside Cousin’s possesses. As much as I like Kevin Seraphin; Demarcus Cousins is on a different level as far as talent is concerned.
I’d even go as far as to offer the Wizards’ upcoming lottery pick, which is projected to be a top three pick, in order to secure Cousins. Some of the top college basketball players such as UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad and Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel, have no where near the upside or established talent as Demarcus Cousins. If Cousins had stayed in Kentucky, and entered in this year’s draft, he most likely would’ve been projected to be the number one overall selection. Why wait for another college player to develop, in hopes of progress, when Cousins is already a formidable player in the NBA?
A core involving John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Demarcus Cousins would be absolutely tremendous. Having guys like Nene around would influence Cousins in the right manner, and help him mature at a greater pace. Needless to say, that team could compete for a championship in the distant future.
The Wizards need players to build around. It doesn’t hurt that Cousins has a wonderful relationship with Wizards top star, John Wall. Not to mention, Cousins is still on his rookie contract. The management and ownership will have enough money set aside to accommodate their young, up and coming players.
Let me know if you’re in favor in bringing Demarcus Cousins to Washington. I know I am.