DeMarcus Cousins wants to play for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, but barring another series of freakish injuries to more established frontcourt stars, that isn't going to happen.

But in two years? The Kings' center should be on Team USA's World Championship squad.

In four years? Assuming USA Basketball doesn't buckle under pressure from Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and change the rules, restricting national team participation to collegians, Cousins should anchor the 2016 Olympic effort.