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John Wall

Why We Love Him: You cannot second-screen John Wall. You can't check Twitter, watch an old episode of Parks and Recreation, or play FIFA while the Wiz are on. He may not be an elite player yet, but in terms of being must-see TV, W was about 10 feet behind the half-court line when he did a little hop, while still dribbling, and galloped past Eric Bledsoe (who is not exactly a hermit crab when it comes to speed). Wall finished at the rim. It took himall is up there with LeBron, Durant, Rose, Kobe, Westbrook, and Griffin. You never know what's going to happen. I've seen him live once, against the Clippers. During a random play, early in the game, the kind you would totally space out for, I happened to just zoom in on Wall (I was probably ball-watching). He three seconds and five strides and it was one of the coolest things I've ever seen on a basketball court. After that, I made sure I was Wall-watching whenever he was on the floor.

This story (admittedly not the most entertaining one) is pretty typical. When something cool happens with Wall, it usually has to do with speed. Wall is really fast. That's why he's so cool. It doesn't have to be that complicated.

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DeMarcus Cousins

Why We Love Him: There are two types of basketball fans in this world — those who love DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins, and those who are wrong. Players like Boogie make basketball more fun. If every big man were Tim Duncan, this sport would be awful. We love Boogie because we don't care about defense, don't care for authority, and don't care if he's a little out of control sometimes. DeMarcus Cousins would throw an elbow at Jesus Christ himself, and that's why he's so much fun. No, he has never put his massive skill set together for an entire season while unleashing hell on the NBA, but he has also been stuck in some awful situations the past few years in Sacramento.

The takeover is coming, though. In the meantime, we have highlight tapes like this — in the first 60 seconds of that video he goes coast-to-coast three times, posterizes Danny Green and Duncan, and destroys Anthony Randolph's soul.

You say he's constantly out of position on defense.

But you don't score points on defense, do you?

Watch Cousins for 48 minutes and you're guaranteed at least six or seven plays in which he looks completely unstoppable and destined to dominate this league for the next decade, six or seven plays in which he looks too immature to ever prosper in the NBA, and no fewer than 150 scowls in between. And probably a technical thrown in there somewhere. He's not perfect, but that's what makes him great. You never know what you're getting with Boogie, and it can change on any given possession.

These are both underrated players. Thank you for stashing!

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