After yesterday’s first part of my NBA mock draft, I have gone all-out and finished the first round. I was thinking about doing a second round mock, but the second round of the NBA draft is pretty low-key. Catch the first part of my mock here, and the second half just below:
Admit it, when you played rec league basketball as a kid, you dressed like a clown. You wore the headband, or the armbands, or cut your sleeves off, and you know you wore high socks once or twice too.
I’m not talking about the mid-calf socks everyone wears now. I mean the knee-high logoman socks. Either I grew up in a strange town (which I’m not denying) or every young stud basketball player had his “Keith Van Horn” moment, with those exact knee-high socks.
Remember him? The tall, skinny dude from Utah who played on two Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Nets squads. He was perhaps best known for his high socks, but Van Horn had some solid seasons in his career. Let’s take a short look on today’s edition of #RememberWhen:
Day four of the playoffs may have been the most exciting yet. A road team won for just the second time in the four days worth of games. Another road team set a playoff record for fewest points in a half. A third road team missed possibly its best chance to secure a win. Find out which road team is which:
Going The Distance’s list of the NBA’s top 30 centers continues today with No. 15-11. Scroll down to the bottom of the article to find the previously posted rankings (No. 30-16).
15. DeMarcus Cousins – Sacramento Kings: There is no denying that Cousins has top-10 center numbers. There is no denying that Cousins has top-five center talent. But, there is also no denying that Cousins needs to grow up.
It may seem like a huge dock to rank him at 15 for being immature, but he hurts his team, and the team comes first in any sport. Cousins averages 17.2 points and 10.0 rebounds with 33 double-doubles and a triple-double (yes, he actually passed the ball ten times), which are certainly great numbers. He has strayed a bit from the “black hole” label he was given for rarely passing, which is also positive. But, he needs to learn to acknowledge double-teams and pass out of them to his shooters instead of forcing contested shots and then complaining about not getting a call.
Cousins has racked up 40 technicals in three seasons, including 14 this year to go along with four ejections. Once DMC calms down, he will climb this list in a hurry.