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Derrick vs. DeMarcus

10/29/2010

For those of you who think the Nets should have drafted DeMarcus Cousins (No. 5) over Derrick Favors (No. 3), you'll be able to make a more calculated analysis tonight when they go head-to-head for the first time in the NBA. The Nets and Kings tip off at 7 p.m. It'll be especially interesting to watch Cousins after his recent comments directed toward Favors, in regards to being picked after him. "I believe everything happens for a reason. But I can’t wait to play [the Nets] because I’m going at their necks, especially the big that got picked before me." At this point, Cousins may be a little more NBA ready with his skilled back-to-the-basket game. Favors is more of a raw talent with supreme hops and quick feet, and not to mention a huge upside, especially if he can develop a jumpshot like his elder counterpart Kenyon Martin did early in his career. Favors and Cousins are both coming off solid debuts; Favors had a near double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds, and Cousins scored 14 points, grabbed eight boards and had five assists.

Favors and Cousins both have one major advantage over each other, which could impact their production on the court in different ways. Favors will benefit from playing alongside two veteran point guards, Devin Harris and Jordan Farmar, who will deliver him easy feeds inside and for the alley-oop. Cousins will benefit from getting more priority touches in the offense, considering the Kings are one of the youngest teams in the league and don't have a go-to big man. Cousins should score more points than Favors this season, but he'll be more prone to lack the focus and maturity to perform consistently because the Kings are an inexperienced team with a point guard, Tyreke Evans, who does as much harm as good. Also, his conditioning has always been a question since his high school days, and he tends to get lazy on defense. Overall, Favors should mature faster than Cousins, thanks to the veteran leadership of Harris and Farmar, but they should average about the same number of rebounds.

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