DeMarcus Cousins has been a leader for the Sacramento Kings. Their decision to sign him in their 2010-11 season has turned out to be one of their most rewarding decisions in a while. The Kings are the only team that Cousins has played for since breaking into the league seven seasons ago.
The Kings may be hoping it stays that way. If they want to keep Cousins around they may have to show him their willingness. A long-term high pay deal would be a good way to do that. After all he has done for the team it may be completely worth it.
Their investment in the former overall first round, fifth pick has paid off so far. Since becoming a part of Sacramento in 2010, it seems Cousins just keeps on developing. In numbers he appears to only be getting better for he team. In his rookie season he averaged 14 points her page through 81 games. Six seasons later his average points per game has doubled.
Appearing in 37 games, Cousins is draining 28 points per game, marking a career high. From his career average of 20 points per game, Cousins is playing like an all-star. By now the Kings are not surprised about what he has accomplished on the court. Sacramento is aware of his talent, that is why they acquired him to begin with.
Over his past few years he has quickly became one of the best players on the Kings roster. They may only be going 16-22 on the season, but they are on a pace to win their most games since 2008, according to SB Nation.
DeMarcus Cousins may be the living reason that the Kings are improving their play. Standing at almost seven feet in height, it only make sense why Cousins has reached net so well. At 26-years-old he is just getting better from now on.
In addition to his skill-set on the court, Cousins is a good teammate. He is not afraid to show his emotion for the game. Although it has been costly on a few occasions, it can be a good way to get the team fired up.
It is difficult for the Kings not to appreciate Cousins presence on their team. He may feel exactly the same way. Cousins recently said that he loves Sacramento. The two’s relationship appears to be on great terms.
Investing further into Cousins only seems like the best option for the Kings. If they want to be a playoff team going forward, he could turn out to being crucial towards making that happen for Sacramento. Right now they are a ninth place team, but the Kings season is far from over.
Will Cousins pattern of improving keep going? Is DeMarcus Cousins the teams best shooter? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary By Cody Macleod