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Draft Wall or Turner? Try Cousins instead

Some aren’t so sure John Wall’s a slam dunk as the No. 1 overall pick in June’s NBA draft. But the debate usually revolves around Wall or Evan Turner.

Time to add DeMarcus Cousins to that mix?

The Wages of Wins advises new Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonisis to give that idea some serious thought.

The 6-11 center did turn in an impressive 15.61 PAWS 40 (for more on that stat, click, or better than anyone else in most mock draft’s top five. That includes guys like Turner, Wesley Johnson, Derrick Favors, and Wall.

(To see how PAWS 40 did in rating previous draft prospects, click here and here. Like most draft boards, it has its hits and misses.)

Valuing Cousins over Wall isn’t a new idea, either.

Wall’s flashier, but Cousins put up better tempo-free stats in 2009-10 and arguably was the most important player in Kentucky’s roster. Also, Cousins will probably have an easier transition to the NBA. Big men usually do.

But does all that mean the Wizards should really take Cousins? After all, using only a freshman season of stats doesn’t provide the complete picture of how a player will project into the NBA. Should Wall get a bump because he’s more mature and less likely to make dumb off-court decisions? And what about in five years when both will finally be seasoned vets? Who’s better at that point?

So many questions. Leonisis better consider more than just PAWS 40.

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