5 Teams Better Equipped to Handle Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins: 5 Places Where He Could Realize His Potential
Sacramento Kings’ forward/center DeMarcus Cousins is one of the most frustrating players in the league. On the one hand, he is one of the most gifted young players in today’s game, who shows flashes of brilliance from time to time. He averaged 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game last season, and boasted a player efficiency rating of 20.21, which was higher than the PERs of Chris Bosh, Marc Gasol, and Dwight Howard.
So why is a young, talented player like Cousins so frustrating? Well, it’s because while he is already a very good player with great numbers, he could still be so much better. Cousins has always had an attitude issue, one so severe that he has even been suspended from the team because of it. Granted, Sacramento has been a mess over the past decade, so Cousins is not in the best of situations. But still, he is a professional athlete and owes it to respect the organization that drafted him. The problem is that he doesn't most of the time; his effort and focus during games comes and goes, as does his commitment to his team. He is putting up very good stats practically on pure talent alone. Imagine what Cousins could do in a situation where he was humble, focused, and gave 100 percent effort all the time? He would become one of the best players in the league. But because of who he plays for and the way he behaves, he has yet to even be in the conversation for the All-Star team. It really is frustrating, so let’s do ourselves all a favor and examine the five teams best equipped to unlock all of Cousins' potential.
Oklahoma City Thunder
If Cousins were to go to the Oklahoma City Thunder, I believe he would become a different player. He would join a winning culture and give the Thunder what they desperately need: a low post scorer. Although with Russell Westbrook already in OKC, I don’t know if the Thunder would want another hot-head on their team. Westbrook and Cousins on the same team would make for some interesting moments, for sure.
If Cousins were to join the Washington Wizards, he would be able to team up with former Kentucky teammate John Wall. Add Cousins to the mix of an already nice young core of Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr., and the Wizards would become one of the best young teams in the league. Being reunited with Wall would lead Cousins to give more consistent effort.
The Chicago Bulls embody hard work, hustle, and effort. If Cousins were to be a member of the Bulls, I believe we would see a much improved player. He would combine with Joakim Noah to help anchor a juggernaut frontcourt that would probably become the best in the East.
San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs stand for a culture of respect, humility, and winning. If Cousins had been drafted into an organization such as this one, he would have no choice but to shape up. If any coach in the NBA demands respect, it’s Gregg Popovich, and if any player in the NBA demands it, it’s Tim Duncan. Duncan would help mentor Cousins, who would eventually take over for him in a few years.
The Miami Heat have won back-to-back championships and have the best player in the game. If there was any situation in the league where Cousins would go and feel like he needed to win over the respect of his team, it would be in Miami.