Today from KSRCollege.com, comes this look at Demarcus Cousins via Lee Snodgrass, who is covering the UK guys in the NBA:
We have all known DeMarcus Cousins could/would be good at both the collegiate and NBA level. Yet what DeMarcus has done lately has been impressive indeed. As of right now, Cousins is playing like one of the best big men in the entire league, with his numbers up there with NBA elites like Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Kevin Love, and Blake Griffin (I still have to double check Love’s numbers to make sure they aren’t some sort of hoax sometimes). In fact, Cousins’ season stat line is awfully similar to the Western Conference’s All Star Center Andrew Bynum…
PPG RPG BLKPG PER
16.3 12.6 2.1 21.85
PPG RPG BLKPG PER
16.3 11.3 1.3 21.13
The points per game are identical, and Bynum is only a shade above him in the other categories. I do not really understand the PER statistic except that it is some way for a number cruncher to prove things we already know like that Lebron is really, really, good at basketball. If Cousins had begun his current surge just a little earlier, he very well could have been an All-Star. The past six games Cousins has averaged a whopping 22.0 points per game and 14.2 rebounds per game. The Timberwolves missed out on a killer frontcourt tandem when they selected former Syracuse star Wesley Johnson instead of Cousins (in homage to my idol Bill Simmons: KAHHHHHHHN!), so take note of the two players’ so NBA careers so far, Mr. Nerlens Noel.
Cousins’ sophomore campaign certainly got off to a rocky start, with problems with his now former coach and the trade request that may or may not have occurred. So his impressive numbers this season thus far become even more so considering how the year began for him. While the Kings are a lousy 10-19 and Cousins still has to deal with having Jimmer Fredette as a teammate, the future is encouraging for Cousins. And Cousins’ play in the NBA continues to pay dividends for UK basketball, proving Cal knows how to develop more than just point guards, and next year Anthony Davis will further bolster that claim. The expedited maturation of Cousins this year shows strong signs of a long and productive NBA career for our beloved Boogie.
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