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.
Given all this, why is a young and talented player like Cousins so frustrating?
Well, 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 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 this very good stat line practically on pure talent alone.
So what should we expect from Cousins next season? Well, to be blunt, a nice stat line along with a disgruntled attitude.
We can only hope that Cousins eventually gets it and realizes his tremendous potential. Just imagine how good he would be if he gave the type of effort Joakim Noah gives every night. He would be one of the best big men in the league, no doubt. Unfortunately, I don’t think this will ever happen in Sacramento.
Eventually, I do hope Cousins is able to find the right situation and overcome his issues the way Zach Randolph was able to with the Memphis Grizzlies. Just don’t expect much maturity from Cousins this year.