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6/2011 Player Profile: DeMarcus Cousins

June 6th 2011 14:18
DeMarcus Cousins had a poor season last year. He was bad offensively and should have been a little bit better on defense. Cousins turned the ball over far too much for a power forward. He also led the league in fouls committed. While these are mistakes that can be corrected with experience, I think that Cousins will continue to foul too much.

Throw out the 14.1 points per game because we all know that PPG is a bad stat. Cousins was a terrible offensive player last year, and his mediocre D did not offset his poor offensive play. He was terribly inefficient and has far too high of a usage rate. His usage rate would be about average for a guard, and he also can't play offense. That's a really bad combination, and it led to a 14.6 PER. Cousins also had one of the lowest True Shooting marks in the NBA.

Cousins was so bad offensively that he was the worst player in the NBA in terms of offensive win shares. Now that's horrible. You can definitely find worse defenders than Cousins, and I think he'll develop into a solid defensive player if he can cut down on his fouls. I don't think he does that with his style of play, but I still think he can be a decent defender in the NBA.

The best thing about Cousins is that he is a solid rebounder. He's able to rack up the boards with his 6-11 frame, but I don't think he should have ever been on the All-Rookie First Team. He's a subpar player right now, and I think he ends up as just a mediocre player over his career.

The former 5th pick in the draft out of Kentucky's behavior problems and immaturity issues also bring his stock down. I really don't see much to like about Cousins, and I think he was a very overrated rookie. What other term is there to describe a guy with a 14.6 PER who ended up on the All-Rookie First Team?

1st Team All-Rookie; Are You Kidding Me?
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Comment by nbageek

June 6th 2011 18:39
Cousins has to grow up. He can become a solid player, though has to work for it still. He should of stayed in school a couple more seasons, though Sacramento needs him to become more of a vocal leader.

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