The two Cousins’ won’t take long to play together after the signing of this year’s second round pick, Isaiah Cousins, according to Sacramento Kings Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlade Divac.
The 6-foot-5 shooting guard out of Oklahoma posted career-bests in points (12.6), assists (4.5), steals (1.4), and minutes (33.3) while grabbing 4.5 rebounds per game, shooting 40.6 percent from the field, and 41.1 percent from three-point land.
Cousins is a versatile shooting guard who is a strong, physical finisher that flourishes in drive-and-kick situations.
His tendency to over-dribble has raised questions about his ability to play the point guard position, but he has learned a valuable tool set in his four years as a Sooner.
While he evolved in his four years at Oklahoma, going from being a non-shooter to a reliable three-point threat by shooting 41 percent from three as a senior, Cousins will need to find a niche in the rotation and sharpen his skills to get some playing time.
The Kings have Arron Afflalo and Ben McLemore ahead on the depth chart, and his best bet would be to find minutes at the point guard position.
While instinctual, his scoring mentality tends to take over and that is a point to refine if he is to back up Darren Collison and Ty Lawson.
Regardless, minutes will be hard to come by unless he can find a way to feed DeMarcus Cousins in the post and develop chemistry on a Cousins-to-Cousins basis.
The 59th overall pick surely has a steep hill to climb with this team to begin his professional career.