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Demarcus Cousins Inspired Research

Originally Published: Feb 13, 2011 8:52 PM CDT

After Demarcus Cousins boarding pass was denied for the Kings team plane thanks to his lockerroom hissy fit, someone in the Blitz office made some remark about how all the teams that didnt draft him this year are breathing a sigh of relief because hes a head case. Maybe, I dont know. Thats not the point of this blog. The point is, we went back and looked up last years NBA Draft. Im going to list every pick for you...not to bore you...but to prove a point at the end.

1) John Wall - Wizards

2) Evan Turner - 76ers

3) Derrick Favors - Nets

4) Wesley Johnson - TWolves

5) DeMarcus Cousins - Kings

6) Ekpe Udoh - Warriors

7) Greg Monroe - Pistons

8) AlFarouq Aminu - Clippers

9) Gordon Hayward - Jazz

10) Paul George - Pacers

11) Cole Aldrich - Hornets

12) Xavier Henry - Grizzlies

13) Ed Davis - Raptors

14) Patrick Patterson - Rockets

15) Larry Sanders - Bucks

16) Luke Babbitt - TWolves

17) Kevin Seraphin - Wizards

18) Eric Bledsoe - Thunder

19) Avery Bradley - Celtics

20) James Anderson - Spurs

21) Craig Brackins - Thunder

22) Elliott Williams - Trailblazers

23) Trevor Booker - TWolves

24) Damion James - Hawks

25) Dominique Jones - Grizzlies

26) Quincy Pondexter - Thunder

27) Jordan Crawford - Nets

28) Greivis Vasquez - Grizzlies

29) Daniel Orton - Magic

30) Lazar Hayward - Wizards

I wont make you read through the 2nd round picks (I dont want to type them all). Ill just tell you that the Knicks took Landry Fields at #39 and thats about it.

Heres the point. This class stinks! I mean really stinks! John Wall is a player. DeMarcus Cousins could turn into something someday, but hes just as likely to end up on TMZ. And beyond that you cant convince me that theres one other player in this draft that will ever threaten to be an All-Star. The #2 pick, Evan Turner, is averaging 7 points a game. The #3 pick, Derrick Favors, is averaging 6 points a game. Landry Fields is a nice story coming out of the 2nd round to be a contributor for New York, but hes a role player at best. Im not so sure Trevor Booker wasnt the steal of the draft at #23 by Minnesota. He looked like a beast against the Thunder a couple weeks ago.

I think well look back at the 2010 NBA Draft as the worst draft in league history. Every other year you can go back and find at least 5 guys who turned out to be really good players.

2009 - Blake Griffin, Tyreke Evans, Stephen Curry, Brandon Jennings, DeJuan Blair

2008 - Derrick Rose, Michael Beasley, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Eric Gordon

2007 - Kevin Durant, Al Horford, Joakim Noah, Aaron Brooks, Marc Gasol

2006 - LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy, Rudy Gay, Rajon Rondo, Paul Millsap

2005 - Andrew Bogut, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Raymond Felton, Andrew Bynum

2004 - Dwight Howard, Emeka Okafor, Ben Gordon, Al Jefferson, Andre Iguodala

2003 - Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, David West

2002 - Yao Ming, Nene, Amare Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, Caron Butler

2001 - Pau Gasol, Joe Johnson, Richard Jefferson, Zach Randolph, Tony Parker

You get the point. Who in the world will be the 5 guys we remember from the 2010 draft? Good luck.

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