I give Monroe a 95% chance of reaching his considerable potential. I love the kid's attitude and work ethic and his obvious high basketball IQ, and he's very very skilled. Because of his work ethic, he will absolutely maximize his physical potential: he'll get a lot stronger over the years. I also love his willingness to be a team player - and he makes a lot of great little plays. I see him as a focal point on offense down the road - a great high post player and competent low post player, a super passer, a fine scorer. I see him as one of the league's better rebounders. And I see him as a smart defender with great hands. I see zero reason why he's not an all-star caliber player in a few seasons. I give Cousins a 40% chance of reaching his considerable potential. I'm not 100% sure his potential ceiling is higher than Monroe's - especially after Monroe attains his peak strength in the next 5 years or so - but I can get the argument that his potential is slightly higher. I see Cousins as one of the least mature players the league has ever seen, and that just has to scare any sane follower of this game. I give him a 60% chance of imploding, and a high chance of being a guy who just can't quite be bothered to work on his game like a star does. There is no way I would take Cousins over Monroe, because Monroe is looking like he's a sure thing to at least be a good starting center or power forward (either or both positions) in this league, and he's got a really good chance of being better than that.