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Demarcus Cousins makes case for Most Improved Player


Columnist Tolulope Oladele of The Bi-College News makes a case for Demarcus Cousins being named the NBA’s Most Improved Player. In the last eight games alone, Cousins has averaged 26.9 points, 13.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.5 blocks. Oladele makes note of Cousins’ vast improvement in consistency in the latter portion of the NBA’s shortened season. Since the departure of former Sacramento Kings Head Coach Paul Westphal, Cousins has undergone a bit of a transformation on and off the court.


Cousins’ incredible play has grabbed the attention of his teammates: “He’s a new player,” Tyreke Evans said. “I’m happy for him. He’s done a great job of just going out there and playing and helping us. No arguing with anybody on the team. Just staying focused, and I’m happy for him.”


According to Oladele’s article, Cousins is averaging 18.2 points per game on the season while grabbing 11.1 rebounds. Both numbers show drastic improvement from last year’s averages of 14.1 points and 8.7 rebounds.


Even opposing players are starting to take notice of Cousins’ improvement. Cousins garnered a compliment from one of the game’s most respected veterans, Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs.


“He’s getting better and better,” said Tim Duncan. “Every time we play them, he’s getting better. He’s getting more comfortable with his role. He’s expanded his game and he always plays hard, so he’s getting better.”


Demarcus Cousins has been putting up the kind of numbers lately that belong in the same conversations as some of the NBA’s very best big men. Though Cousins is not on a playoff contending team, he has shown a growth in maturity as well as growth in the effort and consistency of his play on the court. Cousins has put himself squarely in the conversation for the NBA’s “Most Improved Player.” I wouldn’t be surprised to see Demarcus Cousins become an all-star caliber player in the NBA in the very near future. It’s always good to see a former Wildcat doing well for himself. To read the entire article by Tolulope Oladele, which speaks very highly of Demarcus Cousins, go here.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

7 Comments for Demarcus Cousins makes case for Most Improved Player

  1. Ridge Runner
    9:48 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Really means something when Tim Duncan issues praise. He’s not one to offer comments that much anyway and for him to say this means Boogie is getting respect from the big guns of the league.

    Good stuff.

  2. Ridge Runner
    9:53 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Haha.. Just a thought but the Olympics would not know what hit them if Big Cuz gets the chance.

  3. Big Blue 66
    10:12 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Cousins is the real definition of beast, unbelievable size, strength and quickness. Could be Karl Malone if he would stay mentally into it and works hard all the time

  4. Karl Malone
    11:42 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Imagine if this guy was still at UK. So talented. One of my favorites of all time!

  5. Big cuz is the man
    12:23 am April 22, 2012 Permalink

    Of all the one and done players he had the hardest time leaving.He really liked UK and wanted to stay.More time to grow up in collage and scary just how good he can be.Just too much money to pass up.

  6. Lance
    11:31 am April 22, 2012 Permalink

    If not for the perception of an attitude problem, most talking heads would consider him the top PF in the NBA.

  7. in this i believe
    2:32 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    How sweet this is. A player came into college as a perceived problem.
    Came into a program and fan base that embraced him, suported him just flat out loved him. Took the opputunity and made it work. The things dreams are made of.
    With all of the guys Cal’putting into the league as solid players the NBA
    Fan base is turning Blue