ESPN 5-on-5: Who’s ready to step into the spotlight?

Zach and I are on today’s ESPN NBA 5-on-5 roundtable.  Some Kings related excerpts:

3. Which rookie is ready to rise as a sophomore?

Zach Harper, Daily Dime Live: There were times when DeMarcus Cousins looked unstoppable, and there were times when he seemed uncoachable. When he’s around the basket, he’s too strong to handle. When he floats to the elbow jumper, you don’t even need to guard him. If the Kings get him the ball at the basket, he’ll make a huge jump.

Surprise, surprise: Which team will shock us next season?

Jonathan Santiago, Cowbell Kingdom: A few candidates here — Milwaukee, Golden State and Sacramento. Coincidentally, all three teams have young guards who had subpar sophomore campaigns following superb rookie years. If Brandon Jennings, Stephen Curry and Tyreke Evans can accomplish the leap next season they were expected to make in 2010-11, there’s no reason their respective teams can’t be more competitive.

HoopSpeak’s Beckley Mason, Clipper Blog’s Jordan Heimer and Valley of the Suns’ Michael Schwartz are also in on today’s action.  Give it a read.

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About: Jonathan Santiago

Jonathan Santiago serves Cowbell Kingdom as senior editor specializing in writing, podcasting and video production. He also handles the majority of CK’s day-to-day beat coverage of the Kings.