Lord, I hope not. And I certainly don’t think he will be. But some guy at ESPN.com believes Cousins’ weight is a major concern. ESPN the Mag’s LZ Granderson uses Oliver “Big O” Miller and the NBA’s most recent bankrupt star, Eddie Curry, as examples of how some gifted athletes can’t seem to control their weight. Cousins’ 16.4 body fat percentage is among the highest all-time for NBA Draft prospects (although, not nearly as bad as fellow 2010 prospect Dexter Pittman’s 20.8%) and raises the question of poor work ethic and diet vs. bad genetics. Some have compared Cousins to Shaq, but even the Big Aristotle was in better shape entering the league:
Without question, Cousins possesses the skill set; but given the history of similar players, is he worth the risk? Seriously, if a player shows up chubby as a 19-year-old looking for work, what’s going to happen at 21 when he’s gainfully employed? Consider that at 292 pounds, Cousins showed up in Chicago more than 20 pounds heavier than his listed playing weight at Kentucky. Or that he’s about two inches shorter than Shaq, who had 12.2 percent body fat as a rook. Or that Kansas’ Cole Aldrich, the next highest rated big man on this year’s list, has about half the body fat.
So now we’re adding weight to the attitude and maturity concerns for Boogie. Is there anything else someone would like to bring up? Does anyone out there have a problem with his headband or his Peter Parker swag? Anyone want to question his outdoor activities? The guy averaged a double-double in his freshman season against top-notch competition. He is incredibly quick for someone his size, with good footwork and soft hands. An NBA GM would be absolutely crazy to pass up on him. But here we are, just weeks before the 2010 NBA Draft, and people are throwing around Oliver Miller comparisons. SMH