Demarcus Cousins is the best center in the NBA
The folks who cover the Kings for the Sacramento Bee put together a list of 5 things to watch for in tonight’s Kings vs. Spurs matchup. Most of it was about the whole team, players not named Cousins and Hayes, and blah blah blah. They did have this little nugget though…
DeMarcus Cousins has been near dominant on the offensive end. Cousins has averaged 29.3 points and 16.7 rebounds in his last three games. More promising perhaps have been Cousins’ shooting numbers in the last two games – a combined 24-for-46 (52.2 percent) and 18-of-23 from the free-throw line. His shooting percentage is bound to increase as he converts more of the second-chance opportunities he gets from offensive rebounds and put-backs.
The Kings, though, have been denied from getting Cousins the ball late in their past two games (in regulation against the Warriors and overtime against the Rockets) by well-executed defensive schemes. If Cousins gets going, it’s likely the veteran Spurs will devise some way to try to take Cousins out of his element. It will be up to the Kings to keep finding him, and for Cousins to work to get to spots where he can receive the ball.
The Spurs better be careful, Demarcus Cousins is the best center in the NBA. Just ask the Rockets.