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How good will DeMarcus Cousins be?

Who'd you compare him to?


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As good as...

...his maturity/mental makeup allows him to be. From a purely physical and basketball talent standpoint, he's up there with Shaq in terms of pure dominance as a big man.

He has a huge "but, umm...": his maturity. It's already been pretty widely documented that at his best, DMC isn't an easy person to deal with, and at his worst, he's someone who can kill a team's chemistry. He's gotten suspended several times for conduct detrimental to the team, and piled up a mountain of techs and flagrants due to frustration/feeling like he's not getting what he wants on the court. His basketball IQ isn't necessarily the greatest either- his shot selection is godawful at times (no big man should be shooting the percentages he does), and he plays like he values his own numbers over team success.

But he's still at the point where he can be molded into a better player. Sacramento has been a toxic, career killing environment for pretty much everybody who's been there lately. Either he can help bring the change to Sacto (or Seattle- whatever the @$$-goblin Maloofs decide to do (but that's a whole other story of douchebaggery for another time)), or he can whine his way out and try his chances somewhere else. It'll take someone who's really patient to coach him, and it'll take teammates who will hold him accountable to really unleash his potential.

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up there with shaq in pure

up there with shaq in pure dominance? have you EVER seen shaq play?

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" From a purely physical and

" From a purely physical and basketball talent standpoint, he's up there with Shaq in terms of pure dominance as a big man."

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If he gets his head right

If he gets his head right he'll be a 20 and 10 guy. He's already close but his efficiency isn't there especially for a big man. I think he'll be a less refined more athletic Zach Randolph in his mental prime.

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vin baker

vin baker

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how is this a thumbs down?

how is this a thumbs down? they have VERY similar skills and stats..

cousins- http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/c/couside01.html

vin baker http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/bakervi01.html

baker's off the court issues also kept him from being great.. this is one of the best comparisons ive seen.,

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This is actually a pretty

This is actually a pretty darn good comp. Vin and Tonic was a beast before he lost his marbles. For a couple of years it even looked like we got the better end of the Shawn Kemp deal.

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He's still young. He'll be

He's still young. He'll be good.

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interesting

I'm a huge Cousins fan. I think he has the potential to be the best big man in the NBA. His combination of size, skill, and athleticism is very intriguing. However, he is an absolute headcase. Sacramento was the worst place to go for him as there isn't anyone there who can keep him in check. The guy needs a veteran team to play on who can teach him how to be a professional. Sadly, as more and more years continue to pass, the chances of that light switch going off become slimmer. I worry that he will end up being this generations Rasheed Wallace. Sheed was someone who had all the talent in the world, but was such a knucklehead that things never really clicked. He started shooting way too many jumpers when he could dominate in the post.

One silver lining though is the maturation of Zach Randolph. Z-Bo is proof that the "light bulb" can go off eventually for knucklehead players. Hopefully Demarcus Cousins reaches that point sooner rather than later

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i dont think spending a ton

i dont think spending a ton of time with bonzi wells, damon stoudemire, and sheed in zbo's early days helped with this much..

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hahaa

Hahaha yea I agree with that no doubt, but my point was that the "light" can eventually go off for players like Z-Bo and Demarcus. I just worry about Demarcus because we are now entering his 4th season and he still hasn't matured that much. He blames everyone but himself whenever he gets kicked out of a game, stupid stuff like that. I think there is still time for things to click, but they better start clicking sooner than later

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He can honestly be as good as

He can honestly be as good as he wants to. If he sits down and seriously asks himself that question the sky is the limit. It starts with his mind then his body amd the rest will follow, I personally don't see greatness in him simply because he doesnt want it.

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He is so SO talented

He is so SO talented. Like others have said, he could easily be a 20 and 10 guy. He just needs to get out of Sacramento and on to a team with strong coaching and veterans. I like the Vin Baker/Zach Randolph comparisons. Not sure I could pick a better one. He certainly needs to get a bit better at shot blocking. But he is an absolute offensive beast.

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Huge and skilled

Huge and skilled but where are some getting this exceptional athleticism from? He is fluid but he gets no lift hence why he shoots 45% from the field despite being 6'11 290lbs with a 7'6" wingspan. If he can get himself in shape and shake the giant whiny brat act he can be the top center in the league.

He kinda reminds me of a young Sheed Wallace in the sense that he needs to mature mentally and control his emotions but Sheed never had to fight weight being a young player and Cousins needs to get in better shape and check his head.

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cousins shoot 46.5% this

cousins shoot 46.5% this season, every year his fg% improves. other young stud bigman like greg monroe shoot 48.6 fg% this year. 46.5 fg% against 48.6 fg% isn't big difference.

the reason while cousins fg% isn't above 50% because he create hes own shot, kings don't have a good pg. most bigman who gets high fg% like chander tyson because they only take a shot on putbacks and a pass under the basket coming from a pg

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He is

He is also a foul machine , can't consistently play more than 28-30 MPG , and for his immense size is not a real shot blocking threat. I like his talent but I can't stand guys like him who have top 10 player in the league ability but don't harness it. No excuse for Cousins not shooting 50% at least from the field. Conditioning and attitude is the entire problem.

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I think, if he gets it all

I think, if he gets it all together, he can be a 23ppg, 11rpg kind of guy while shooting 55% from the field and shooting about 7 free throws a game.

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20-10 guy

Is really only scratching the surface. I'm telling you right now if the guy didn't put up as many bad shots as he does (No coach to tell him not to) the guy could dominate. Why? He's got an inside and outside game with beautiful foot work and guard like handles. Call me crazy but if someone can refine him, and show him how to balance out his inside and outside jumpshot, he could be a poor man's duncan.

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20 and 10?

20 and 10? He's almost that now, I think he'll be more of a 25 and 13 guy in his prime. He's that talented. I dont think he'll be able to be guarded one on one. He has a skillset to go along with his size and power.

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