Top NBA Players: #40 DeMarcus Cousins

April 22, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) dunks during the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

DeMarcus Cousins
Resume: 18.1 points, 11.0 rebounds (4th in league), 1.5 steals, 1.2 blocks, 30.5 minutes, 36 double-doubles (6th in league), 373 free throw attempts (9th in league), 45% FG, and 70% FT… Team record in games played: 20-44 (2-0 without)

I’m a big movie guy. My collection is extensive and I have a list of about 100 movies or so that I still need to buy at some point in my life. One of my favorite pastimes is going to the movie theatre, ordering a large popcorn and destroying it by about half way through the movie. When I’m going to the movies to watch a movie that could end up being an Oscar nominee, it instantly becomes one of the best days of my week. But we all know that a great movie going experience can be derailed by a group of idiots sitting behind you who are kicking the back of your seat, talking the whole movie and laughing in parts that aren’t even remotely funny. Yeah, the movie was awesome, but it was tainted because you would miss 30 seconds at a time because you were fantasizing about how fun it would be to turn around and unleash a verbal barrage on the group behind you. The movie itself wasn’t any worse than what it will be when you watch it on DVD four months later, but the experience will be so much better.

The story is the same with DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins, like the movie mentioned above, has everything it takes to be a magnificent basketball player. He’s a physical specimen; 6’11, 270 lbs., with incredible athleticism and quickness for a man of his size. He’s a load to handle in the post, and he can mix it up step outside and knock down jumpers as well. Cousins has every physical tool you could want an NBA center to have. The word in early July was that Cousins, who was reportedly dominant in the USA Olympic Team vs. USA Select Team scrimmages, was considered for insertion onto the Olympic Team because of injuries to Blake Griffin and Anthony Davis. If you watched Cousins throughout the year, it was very clear that he could be dominating offensively like no other center in the league (here comes an Andre The Giant sized if) IF he could get his head straight.

Just when you thought you were going to sit down and enjoy an awesome movie with a big bucket of popcorn, the aforementioned group of idiots walk in and sit behind you. By all accounts, DeMarcus Cousins is someone who has an absolutely awful attitude. Just ask former Kings coach Paul Westphal, who had repeated clashes with Boogie Cousins. Before that, Cousins was sent home from the Kings because he, according to Westphal was “unwilling/unable to embrace traveling in the same direction as his team; it cannot be ignored indefinitely.” You aren’t going to believe this, but Cousins requested a trade and Westphal was then fired. Lo and behold, Cousins then denied that he ever requested a trade. Of course he didn’t.

If you remember the criteria I addressed a little over a week ago, Cousins thrives when it comes to individual statistics and skill, but he has miles to go when it comes to his reputation and being a good teammate. Right now, he is just considered an incredible singular talent who is one of many black holes offensively on the Sacramento roster. Someone who we can safely assume is heading down the path of being a coach killer, a locker room pain, and unfortunately, someone who may never reach his ultimate potential because of that. Maybe this sounds crazy, but if Cousins straightened himself out and grew up, he has all of the physical capabilities of being the best big man in the NBA. Ultimately, it comes down to if Cousins wants to be the goofball making all the noise at the movies, or if he, like everyone else, is going to sit back and enjoy the movie and his popcorn too.