John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins show why drafting one-and-dones is often accompanied by growing pains

While I fully agree with their right to leave college after one year and go to the NBA, or even just go straight from high school, I will give you two one-and-dones that I have examined lately that are concerning.

john-wall-demarcus-cousinsFirstly, John Wall.

I know. Before you crucify me and call him the future of the league, just relax. I think John Wall WILL BE a major game-changer. The problem is…he’t not there yet.

He can score; however, it is erratic. He can’t shoot the three-ball well yet, and the biggest reason Wall should have stayed longer in college is ball control. In the first five games of this year, Wall has had 4, 6, 4, 1 and 7 turnovers. He has had some good rebounding and assist totals, but you cannot give the ball away that much and be an elite point guard. That is also my knock on Russell Westbrook and I am a diehard OKC fan.

On a side note, I love the Dougie, but I didn’t love how Wall came in his first game and did it in his pre-game announcement. It showed me a lack of maturity. Win something first before you boogie, or Dougie, or whatever.

The second guy, who I think is much worse off than Wall, is DeMarcus Cousins.

Cousins has demanded a trade from the Sacramento Kings and has been reported to have had shouting matches with coach Paul Westphal.

According to Yahoo Sports, Westphal said, “…when a player continually, aggressively, lets it be known that he is unwilling/unable to embrace traveling in the same direction as his team, it cannot be ignored indefinitely.”

Cousins was ordered to stay away from the Kings’ Sunday game against the New Orleans David Sterns, I mean Hornets.

How bad is it that you are ordered to not even come to the game when you have some skill and power down low, but you are such a distraction that they don’t even want you in the building?

I can understand sending away guys past their prime who are more distracting than they are worth (Stephon Marbury), but when you are young and talented and still get benched maybe you should figure out that the team isn’t the problem; YOU ARE.

Cousins demanded a trade according to the Kings. Of course, Cousins’ agent denies it, but either way Cousins needs to grow up. The Kings say they won’t deal him, but do you keep him and destroy your locker room? You have some other options at the post position, so if you dealt him it wouldn’t be a tragic loss.

I don’t know if another year of school would have helped Cousins’ maturity, but I do know right now the Kings are taking a lot of painkillers for the headache that is DeMarcus Cousins.

Both of these guys are John Calipari-coached athletes. Does it reflect poorly on him and how he encourages one-and-dones to come play for him and just lets them run wild so he can win? I don’t know. Just something to think about.

About Trevor Stewart

Trevor Stewart is 25 years old and works as a corporate journalist, gathering stories and photos for magazines. He is a graduate of BIOLA University in La Mirada, Calif., with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. Originally from Spokane, Wash., he and his wife Abigail currently make their home in Lincoln, Neb.


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