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Sacramento Kings: DeMarcus Cousins Must Be the Face of the Franchise

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Cousins looks like he’s the last man standing. The Sacramento Kings center is without a doubt the most talented player on the roster at this point and there is no denying that 2013 is his biggest year yet.

With Tyreke Evans having been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for point guard Greivis Vasquez, the team got rid of arguably one of their best players over the past couple of years. Sacramento also has swingmand Marcus Thornton, who has been a consistent scorer, but isn’t talented enough to be ‘the man.’

With that said, Cousins is the guy now. He needs to improve significantly all around, so that he can officially take over the label as the face of the franchise. Even in past years, he was arguably the most talented player on the roster, but could he handle a label like that? Absolutely not.

Cousins has the athletic ability to be the best center in the game, hands down. He’s big, strong, fast and offensively capable. He’s a great rim protector and rebounder when he wants to be. He’s also very good offensively, being able to knock down the mid-range jump shots as well as post up with the best of them.

Where Cousins needs improvement is his attitude and maturity. That’s a given. But, in 2013, it’s a necessity at this point. The team is headed in a good direction and trying to get younger and build a team that can win in the future. Rookie Ben McLemore will provide a great offensive lift — at least that’s the plan — and will need a veteran like Cousins to look to early on.

The fact of the matter is, Cousins isn’t arguably the best player on the team. He is by far and away the best. Cousins must be the leader he is expected to be in 2013, or the Kings simply won’t get to where they want to be. He has the skills, he just needs to put them to use and lock down his maturity.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.