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5 Reasons Why Sacramento Kings Center DeMarcus Cousins is on Verge of Being Elite

5 Reasons Why Sacramento Kings Center DeMarcus Cousins is on Verge of Being Elite

DeMarcus Cousins
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DeMarcus Cousins improved his game and attitude last season tremendously. Here are five reasons why he will continue to move into elite status this upcoming season.

5. International Experience

DeMarcus Cousins
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5. International Experience

DeMarcus Cousins
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Cousins is finally getting his first taste of international play, and that is no laughing matter, especially for emerging young stars. If Cousins can do well in the FIBA Championship, then his confidence should soar and do so much for Cousins come the NBA season.

4. Mobility

DeMarcus Cousins
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4. Mobility

DeMarcus Cousins
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Cousins has improved his conditioning over the past few seasons, and it has really helped his mobility as a big man. Not many centers can keep up with Cousins as he runs down the floor and moves around in the half court, which should help him tremendously moving forward in terms of developing his face-up offensive game.

3. Improved Defense

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3. Improved Defense

DeMarcus Cousins
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Cousins was a slouch on defense when he first came into the NBA, but that version of Cousins is no more. Cousins now gives full effort on the defensive end and makes the right plays on that end of the floor. A defensive-minded Cousins should be a terror for the rest of the league.

2. Improved Motor

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2. Improved Motor

DeMarcus Cousins
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Speaking of effort, Cousins has been showing a lot more of it in recent memory. Cousins is no longer being lazy on both ends of the floor, and that has really led to a boost in his performance. Look for Cousins to keep improving as long as the effort and work ethic are there.

1. Overall Physical Package

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1. Overall Physical Package

DeMarcus Cousins
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Physically, there just are not many players that have what Cousins has. A mobile big man with brute strength like his is hard to come by, and those physical tools will allow him to dominate the NBA for years to come.