Demarcus "Boogie" Cousins
cousins is finally starting to live up to his potential in my opinion. im so glad for this because I have been a big fan of him since he was in high school, and I wanted the sixers to get him so much in the draft. it seems as if the work he has been doing with shaq has really paid off. he looks like a 90's center and the best center in the nba right now in my opinion. what does every one think?
He still has a tendency to fall in love with contested J's 15-18 feet away from the hoop, and could improve his decision making. But he's definitely improved a lot this year. Not MIP improved, but he's starting to put it together. I think when he realizes he's a brute force down low and goes more for low-post looks rather than long J's, that'll be the next step for him
I think he has improved, but I still think his attitude issues are still dragging him down a bit. Hes been somewhat inconsistent so far this season. 4 or 5 years down the road, if he can get rid of his bad attitude and improve on his shot selection, he will be the best center in the league.
Its people who don't pay attention to detail. Not to be rude, but the way Cousins has improved most of all has been his attitude. The effort he puts in these games are night and day compared to the last three years of his young career. His shot selection has also improved slightly, the jump shots get a lot of other big men in the air making mistakes so he can got to the basket. Cousins is what he is, and the better he gets at being who he is will make him more efficient.
And he hasn't been inconsistent, the guy is earning his keep. There were times where Coach Malone pulled his starters out because of individual effort. So at times his point totals seemed small. But with a rotation finally surfacing the Kings are playing much better basketball. Again I stress, there have been multiple times where people are trying to get him to lose his mind and Cousins has stood firm and pat to date.
Unless you watch a player for more than one game, there should be no reason why you'd generalize based on one game. If you want to criticize an area needed for improvement, stick to his efficiency. As for him not allowing Isaiah Thomas to shake hands with Chris Paul, I'm glad he didn't. sportsmanship is tied along with respect which is earned not given. And the Clippers have done anything to earn respect with their prima dona esque play over the last 9 games.
I personally don't like him. Yes he is skilled but his attitude is still a concern.
I see him whinging, shaking his head, not running back in defence. His body language says it all.
If he was a truly good player he should be able to lead the Kings to more wins. Being a leader is more than just putting up good stats on a bad team.
I'm becoming a fan. I felt in the past he put himself above the team and pouted. But he seems a lot more committed now. And I liked the attitude he showed towards cp3. Too many nice guys, plus Paul has done plenty in his past to piss guys off. He slaps guys on the wrist after the whistle all the time trying to vet he ball. Francisco Garcia went at him for that already this year.
I think he's a lock to make the all star game. Kings made a great decision to let Tyreke go and extend Cousins. Now they just need to surround him with talent and McLemore is a good start.
There's no doubt that he's improved his attitude a ton this season and like it was said above, he seems more committed.
My biggest issue with him is he still fouls too much. Offensively, he's got skills/talent for days, but is still somewhat inconsistent and not as efficient as you'd like him to be. He should be finishing A LOT better around the rim. He should be finishing close to 70% around the rim, not the low 60's.
I like his improvement this season though. Not a fan yet, but you have to give credit where it's due.
He has his future in his hands... he simply could be the best C in the League.... bettere then Marc, or D12 or others. No one has his talent that's sure.
His problem does not lie on offense, but more on defense (where is still is a little bit slow on his feet, something which is really necessary these days with P/R offense).
Boogie might have a horrible attitude, but people are DEAD wrong when they say he doesn't play hard. Cousins busts his ass on the court.
He's a limited defender, but that has to do with his physical makeup not his mindset. He takes hard charges and moves his feet.