The New Jersey Nets, holders of the third pick in the NBA Draft, have convinced the agents of likely top five picks Derrick Favors and DeMarcus Cousins a one-on-one workout could propel their client to the third overall pick.
The Nets liking of Cousins is perplexing considering their current front court state.
“The Nets have a talented young center with Brook Lopezand see Favors fitting into the power forward spot. For Cousins to leap over Favors into the third spot he’ll have to show the Nets a level of agility and perimeter skill to play forward.”
Cousins projects more as a center while Favors as a power forward, so the Georgia Tech product will be at a height and weight disparity.
But Favors bested Cousins in a high school matchup pitting the two teams.
Despite questions on his attitude and work ethic, Cousins will likely not fall below the fifth pick held by Sacramento.
“Cousins had an excellent workout with the Sacramento Kings, grading out as the best shooter to visit Sacramento in the predraft process. He hit 78 percent of his shots in the workout, including a lot of pick-and-pop attempts. Favors graded out as the far better athlete, but the Kings, who have the No. 5 pick in the draft, believed Cousins was a more advanced player.”
Favors is the safer pick in my mind because of work ethic and coachability, but Cousins athleticism combined with his size can be so difficult to find. It is the classic example of a sure thing vs potential.