carlgo wrote:Whoa, how far down can Cousins slide now? At some point a team will figure he is low enough to take a chance. Actually, he may slide so far down that he will end up on a good team. The Celtics or Lakers might think the vets on the team can turn him around.
Actually, I feel sorry for him. He cannot help himself and needs professional care. He really ought to take a year off and get well, then
Anyone who saw him play must have known he had serious problems. He even said that Coach Cheat practically forced him into the NBA. He took it as a compliment, but clearly they wanted him out of there.
I dont think he will slide down to far. 8 is probably the lowest I can see him go.
I heard the Warriors interviewed him the other day before the combine started. Wonder how that went. They probably brought him in as they dont think their 1st choice (outside of Wall and Turner) will be there at #6.
If the guy can't hold it together for an interview there is no way in hell Cousins is going to make it through the Nellie wringer. I wash my hands of Cousins.
To be honest I got so caught up in dissecting the games of the "top 5" ie. Wall/Turner/Favors/Cousins/W.Johnson that I didn't look at some of the other top prospects out there. I'm still hopeful that we land Wesley Johnson but there is a good chance he'll be gone before the 6th pick.
There are a few guys left that can turn out to be stud players, and at the risk of incurring the wrath of TMC I'm going to say we should draft Cole Aldrich.
btw Beast, I like both of the guys you mentioned in Greg Monroe and Hassan Whiteside. Monroe for his size and passing ability and Whiteside for his size, defensive demeanor and natural athleticism. BUT I don't think either of these guys, or any of the bigs including Favors and Cousins, is as polished as Aldrich or in the same class as a defender. Cole Aldrich is the best defending big man in this draft and he will be the best defending big man of the rookie class next season.
Where is Aldrich weak? He isn't a top notch scorer. He can score, and the best thing he has going for him in the offense department is his hook shot. It helps that he has a freakish wingspan. I've read that his wingspan is anywhere from 7-4 to 7-6.
OK do we need a low post scorer, yes. Does it have to be our rookie pick, no. We have pleanty o' scorers on the team now and regardless of who we draft there is a good likelyhood we'll trade for another big. It might not happen under Cohan, but whoever the new owner is will probably be looking to make the Warriors bigger, duh.
Aldrich was the best defender in college basketball last year. He has an NBA sized body now. He is commited to being a rebounder/shotblocker/defender. He's what the Warrior's need, and unless Wall or Turner drops to us (won't happen) it isn't clear that Aldrich isn't as talented as any of the other remaining picks.
OK he's a big goofy white guy. Yes there have been a whole bunch of big goofy white guys, throughout the history of the NBA, that you wouldn't want on your team and who looked like they were probably drafted just because they were huge. Slow, plodding, ogre like are all images of the countless NBA centers of the past. Aldrich is not slow. He might not run from one end of the floor to the other as fast as say Favors, but in his low post zone he is very very quick. He has quick hands, quick feet and he is very aggressive. He has a high motor and doesn't slow down as the game progresses.
Shot blocking and rebounding... He's better at both than any other guy in the draft. There is the possibility that Whiteside is a better shot blocker, but Whiteside went up against much smaller and less skilled competition. Aldrich was by far the best shot blocker from any of the larger divisions. He averaged 3.5 blocks a game in the regular season. In the NCAA tournament he actually produced this line...
13 points, 20 boards, 10 blocked shots
There have only been 7 triple doubles in the history of the NCAA tournament prior to Aldrich. There have only been two other instances of 10+ blocks in the tournament, Shaq had 11 once and Shawn Bradley had 10 once.
Anyway, the best little bit of info on Aldrich has already been presented to us by Quazza. Here's the link again:
http://www.clicker.com/tv/sportscenter/ ... 758991.htm
Here's Bobby Knight on Stephen Curry: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JyTIQq5H-g[/youtube]
You think Bobby Knight can spot talent?
The biggest question mark I have on Cole Aldrich is whether or not he'll get along with Nellie, but I'd have that with ANY rookie we drafted. In Aldrich's case will Nellie want to use him how he should be used (as a true defensive center where scoring is a secondary concern) or will Nellie insist on being silly about turning Aldrich into a scorer. Whatever coach we get after Nellie won't give two shits if Cole Aldrich can score 20 or not. They'll be happy to have a lock down defender in the low post.