For all his talent, DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t doubt his own abilities. He recently stated that he is the finest player in Kings history.
The former NBA All-Star played seven years with the Sacramento Kings after being selected fifth overall in 2010.
Prior to being traded to the Pelicans, Cousins averaged 27.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 4.8 assists in 34.4 minutes per game during the 2016-2017 season.
After being selected fifth overall in the 2010 NBA draught, you spent the next seven years in Sacramento, where you posted career highs in scoring (21.1 ppg) and rebounding (10.8).
Can you imagine having your jersey number 15 retired at such establishment? According to DeMarcus Cousins: I committed to making it happen.
There are some records that I possess that I set. For the record, I believe that I am the greatest player to ever graduate from Sacrament.
The Case for DeMarcus Cousins as the Best Center in the NBA
The big man for the Sacramento Kings has gone from “troubled prospect” to “perhaps the NBA’s top centre” in a short amount of time. In all seriousness.
But the fact is that relatively few people are talking about him. In a deep, meaningful way about him.
The Kings’ continued lack of quality does not help matters, but at least they’re entertaining to watch.
After escaping one corrupt ownership regime, Cousins was able to make the necessary changes and improvements to become an All-Star candidate.
We all had our doubts about his max contract and his standing as a cornerstone heading into this season.
Now, months later, he has resoundingly answered the call to arms, potentially leaving every other centre to choke on the dust behind him.
It’s always been a major issue with Cousins. There are good reasons why few people will come to his defence.
However, he has been adequate on defence this year, as he has improved his ability to read offensive plays.
Originally from the state of California, DeMarcus Amir Cousins (born August 13, 1990) is a former NBA player for the Denver Nuggets (NBA).
He played collegiate basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats under John Calipari and was a consensus first-team All-American in 2010.
He left Kentucky after one year and was picked fifth overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2010 NBA draught.
Cousins made the NBA All-Rookie Debut Team in his first year with the Kings and has been an NBA All-Star every year since 2015.