Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins Realizing Special Value Of Passing

By John Raffel


Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Cousins realizes, which he probably did the first time he picked up a basketball, that passing effectively can be tougher for an NBA team sometimes than learning how to shoot.

Cousins remains the Sacramento Kings‘ No. 1 scoring threat, but he had to admit he was watching a clinic on Tuesday when his team lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 108-101.

Afterwards, Cousins notes that his team saw much better passing on the other side from a team without Rudy Gay. In fact, he could see where the Grizzlies were sharing the ball better.

Could maybe Cousins and the Kings learn from such a display?

Actually, it’s his teammates, more so than Cousins, who need to get their act in gear and play more as a team? Cousins has enough individual talent to allow him to focus on his own individual skills.

He had a typical game against the Grizzles with 23 points, seven rebounds, five steals and four assists. How much more can you expect from one player? He is averaging a full point more for this season than he has in his career and his shooting percentage is up slightly.

For the season, he’s at 17.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game so it’s not like Cousins is sleeping on the job. He’s easily the most feared player that Sacramento players have to face.

Some of his teammates, including Tyreke Evans, also have their moments. But team defense and team offense needs to improve for the Kings. If Cousins didn’t realize it before watching the Grizzlies play, he does now.

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