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Willie Cauley-Stein is all about defying expectations

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Kimani Okearah

It's safe to say Willie Cauley-Stein has been one of the few bright spots for the Sacramento Kings this season.  While we can argue over just how many minutes he should be playing, there's no arguing that he's been impactful when he has played and that the Kings have a keeper here, which unfortunately has been sort of a rarity among Kings lottery picks this decade.

Our own Kevin Fippin got the opportunity to interview and profile Willie for Inked Magazine earlier this year, and that profile has now made its way online.  Here's an excerpt:

From his wardrobe, tattoos, and hair, to the way he plays the game, there's really just nobody like him. "I'm ahead of the curve. I'm the future. I'm ahead of what everyone else's mind is on," he says. And this isn't lip service, it's sort of a way of life for him. "Call me crazy, call me whatever you want, but it works."

A quick sound bite might make him seem loud or brash like the stereotype of so many young professional athletes, but Willie is very cerebral and tends to be more of an introvert. He spends his off days at the driving range, so you're probably not catching him on TMZ anytime soon. He legally changed his middle name to Trill. He has an enormous heart and loves to give back to the community. He loves art, design, fashion, and superheroes. Forget marching to the beat of his own drummer. Willie is the drummer, he writes the songs, and he doesn't care if you sing along.

Check out the rest of the excellent article to get a closer peak at one of the most interesting Kings rookies in a long time.