Marcus Cousin ● 6 feet, 11 inches ● 255 pounds ● Center
Marcus Cousin is currently an NBA free agent with plenty of NBA D-League experience under his belt. During the 2010-2011 season he averaged 14.9 points and 8.9 rebounds a game playing for the Austin Toros.
Prior to joining the D-League, Cousin was having trouble finding a good groove in his basketball career. He spent five years in college after leaping from Seton Hall to Houston and went undrafted in the 2009 NBA Draft. He then hopped over to Turkey and Israel for some international play before joining the NBA D-League in 2010.
At 6-11, Cousin’s size and reach are his greatest strengths. He’s got long arms and a good build, which he puts to good use inside the paint on offense. He’s got the numbers to back it up, too, racking up nearly 15 points a game and ranking among the best rebounders in the league in 2010-11. His shot blocking and other defensive moves could use some work, though, if he wants to stand out from the other big men in the D-League.
Even on the NBA level, Cousin is a guy who you put in when you need some rebounds. He’ll add some points on the board along the way because he’s not afraid of attacking the basket. He could earn an NBA deep-rotation spot this year.
What He Needs from Summer League
Cousin needs to work on his athleticism. He can prove he’s a powerhouse inside the paint, but how he moves without the ball is what many people want to see him do. Many of the league’s big men are quick on their toes and Cousin could be outmatched trying to keep up with them. His passing game could use some work too.
"I love people that say he’s not ready yet. I like it when a kid just says 'I want to prove that guy wrong.' We tend to forget players don't stop developing -- the schmucks like us that give opinions. There's a fine line between getting the opportunity and getting to the next level. For Cousins, [the flaws] are minor. Going lateral. Staying on the court and being able to defend. Maybe settling for jumpers too much. Sometimes you just need an opportunity." - Ryan Clark, former NBA director of scouting
More on Cousin
Utah Jazz (4 games 2010-2011)
NBA D-League Experience
1 season (10-11 with Austin and Rio Grande)
Turkey and Israel
Areas of Improvement
Athleticism and passing