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With the 59th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Sacramento Kings selected Isaiah Cousins
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Here are facts about the pick
- Isaiah Cousins is the latest pick ever for an Oklahoma Sooner. Since the NBA Draft went to two rounds after 1989, no one has gone later than the 59th pick.
- The 2016 NBA Draft marks the 12th time in Oklahoma history that the Sooners had multiple draft picks.
- Cousins will be the 8th player from Mount Vernon high school in Mount Vernon, New York to play in the NBA.
- Cousins is the 2nd Oklahoma player to be drafted by the Sacramento Kings franchise. John McCullogh was drafted in the 1979 draft by the Kansas City Kings.
Isaiah Cousins’ fit with the Sacramento Kings
With Isaiah Cousins falling much deeper into the second round of the NBA Draft, you may see him have to build his way up through the Developmental League for a year or two. The last (American) 59th pick was Xavier Thames out of San Diego State in 2014. Thames then spent his 2015 season in the Developmental League. The 59th draft slot is just is not a spot with too much success coming out of it.
Now, does Isaiah Cousins have a chance to make the Kings NBA Roster for the upcoming season? Absolutely. Especially with the Kings currently returning only one point guard as of right now (Darren Collison). Guards tend to die in Sacramento, but for a guy like Cousins, he only needs a chance to play to impress and develop.
In terms of earning meaningful minutes throughout his rookie contract, it does look promising for Cousins… right now. A lot like the Pelicans, the Kings are going to be huge buyers throughout free agency and are likely going to try and land a veteran point guard. If the Kings in fact sign a veteran point guard, you may see Isaiah Cousins get buried in their depth chart. For a player that has done nothing but overcome obstacles and prove people wrong throughout his basketball career, this will be another moment he will have to do as such.
For Isaiah Cousins, an impressive NBA Summer League is detrimental to his chances of making the training camp roster for the Kings. Although his contract is likely to be guaranteed, a stint in the Developmental League would be in his horizon if a poor performance takes place this summer.