Sacramento Kings Haven't Learned to Utilize DeMarcus Cousins' Talents

By John Raffel
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Getting Rudy Gay might eventually help the Sacramento Kings.

But the struggling Kings have got to admit they’re wasting the incredible talents of DeMarcus Cousins.

It’s a wonder he’s still on the team, but the Kings — if they would ever deal Cousins — had obviously better ask for something incredible as a payback.

Through the first 30 games of this NBA season, Cousins is averaging 23.1 points, 11.4 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game. He’s having the season of his life. His playing time, not surprisingly, has also increased.

His career marks are 17.1 points and 10.0 boards a game. He’s obviously not letting the Kings woes get to him. Perhaps staying in Sacramento and avoiding the move to Seattle was a motivation for Cousins. Or  more than likely, he wants his market value to be higher for whomever his next team might be.

But it’s still all about wins and losses for his team. Nothing else matters. Cousins wants to play for a winner and deserves to play for one.

The Kings just haven’t been able to do much, despite having Cousins on the roster. Sometimes, a dominant player like that is a detriment if he doesn’t blend in with the rest of his teammates, who are contributing their fair share.

Cousins’ focus on the court continues to be excellent. His shooting in his first 30 games was at 49.9 percent from the floor, compared to his career clip of 45.5 percent. His assists of 3.1 per game is also an all-time high.

If the Kings can’t start taking advantage of Cousins’ tremendous talents, they shouldn’t be wasting their time with him.

John Raffel is a writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @JohnCarlRaffel, Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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