The 2013 Sacramento Kings are off to a 1-2 start thus far, which doesn’t entirely mean it’s the end of the world — yet. The Kings likely won’t contend for a playoff spot just yet, though, as they are still amidst a rebuilding period. One of the guys that they can build confidently around, however, is their big man DeMarcus Cousins.
Cousins has been a bit of a headache in the past due to his inability to mature and play the game the way it’s supposed to be played while acting accordingly. Coming into this year, I thought it was going to be a make or break season for his long-term future with the team.
Through three games, Cousins looks like he will explode this season. His most recent output against the Golden State Warriors was no where near what I’d expect from him, and likely was just an off night as he scored just eight points and grabbed seven rebounds. But, the positive from his night were his three steals in only 18 minutes of action.
As a whole, Cousins’ season has been phenomenal through the first week. He’s averaged 20.7 points (team leader), 10.3 rebounds (team leader), 1.3 assists, 2.7 steals (team leader) and 1.3 blocks (team leader). It is highly encouraging for Kings fans to see Cousins dialed in right off the bat in 2013.
Going into this season, Sacramento knew they probably wouldn’t even come close to making a playoff push, let alone looking at championship contention. What they are finding out, though, are the guys that will become the nucleus of a formidable roster in the future. Cousins is one of those key players along with point guard Isaiah Thomas. These two will be a great tandem for years to come, and hopefully sometime in the near future the Kings can team them up with a few more solid additions.