DeMarcus Cousins is having his best season yet in his 6th year in the league. After putting back-to-back 48 and 56-point games, FiveThirtyEight of ESPN breaks down Boogie’s usage this season.
“Those point totals are stunning, of course, but they’re also underpinned by something even more impressive: Boogie is having damn near the highest-usage season by a big man in NBA history – even more alarming for a guy who plays one of the most violent, impactful, forearm-shiver-to-the-sternum-type styles in the league.”
Cousin’s current usage percentage is 35.8 percent, which is unheard of coming from a center. In the month of January, Cousins is averaging 32.6 points, 12.8 rebounds and 3.3 rebounds, shooting 49.5 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from the 3-point line.
Cousins’ productive usage is part of a three-year trend that has seen his scoring soar:
FiveThirtyEight credits Cousins’ proficiency to his unique skill set. Cousins has been compared to Shaq with his physique and thunder-dunks, but Cousins style of play is not like the traditional big-men in the league. Unlike some of the other frontcourt stars in the league, Cousins’ scoring efficiency “has been something more like middling while his raw volume has been off the charts, and he counterbalances some of those missed shots with the touch and willingnessto set up teammates with his passing.”
To read the full article from Five ThirtyEight, which I highly recommend, click here.