The 2013-14 NBA season was a career year for DeMarcus Cousins, but the average NBA fan didn’t even notice. That’s because DeMarcus got no love from the league when the All-Star teams were announced in January, nor did he receive honors when the All-NBA teams were released at season’s end. He walked away from his fourth season in the league empty-handed, despite posting numbers seldom seen in the almost seven decades of the NBA.
Cousins’ final stat line included a 26.1 Player Efficiency Rating, the highest ever by an All-Star snub. He is the only player in league history to have a PER of 25 or higher during the All-Star break without having a spot on an All-Star roster. IN LEAGUE HISTORY, PEOPLE!
Cousins also averaged a double-double with almost 23 points and 12 rebounds per game, while shooting just under 50 percent from the field. There are only 31 other instances IN LEAGUE HISTORY with better numbers than Cousins’ 26.1 Player Efficiency Rating, 22.7 points per game, 11.7 rebounds per game and .496 field goal percentage in 2013-14. Only ten other big men have done it, all of whom are NBA Hall of Famers.
That’s right: DeMarcus Cousins joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Charles Barkley, Walt Bellamy, Wilt Chamberlain, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Moses Malone, Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, and David Robinson as the only players in league history (IN LEAGUE HISTORY, PEOPLE) to finish a season with a 26.1 Player Efficiency Rating, 22.7 points per game, 11.7 rebounds per game and a .496 field goal percentage. All of those seasons came with an NBA All-Star appearance, while all but three concluded with an All-NBA selection. Furthermore, 10 of the 31 walked away with the Most Valuable Player award.
But DeMarcus Cousins’ trophy case remains empty. Sure, his team had the third-worst record in the Western Conference, and he led the league in techs, but one of the 32 best statistical seasons by a big man deserves at least a little bit of love. Something, anything.
I suppose DeMarcus will just have to run it back in 2014-15. They can’t ignore Boogie’s dominance forever.