NBA Position: Power Forward/Center
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
High School: LeFlore
NBA Comparison: Al Jefferson
Strengths: Cousins is a big, strong, physical post player with a body that was ready for the NBA when he graduated from high school. At the college level, Cousins has been able to bully most front court opposing players with his frame and overall strength. He has shown the footwork and patience to be successful in the post. Along with his strength, he has tremendous length, giving him the ability to be an excellent rebounder on both ends of the floor. Defensively, Cousins won’t wow you, but he does have the size and bulk to be a presence in the paint.
Weaknesses: The biggest knock on Cousins at this point is the lack of athleticism and explosiveness in his game. Although he has incredible footwork for his size, he relies on his brute force in the post too often; especially against the smaller defenders. While containing the ability to be a great rebounder, he doesn’t bring the consistent desire to rebound the basketball and doesn’t show the effort to hustle up the floor for a full game. Many scouts feel the only thing keeping Cousins from being the second player off the board after Wall is his questioned attitude problems.
Brandon Curry – 2/9/2010