The Mystery of Boogie: A close look at DeMarcus Cousins, one of the NBA's most frustrating talents
Click on the link for the story, great article by Zach Lowe from Grantland. Focuses on what we know about DeMarcus Cousins, that he is a very talented player. However, there are major issues with giving him a long term, lucrative or max contract while expecting to be a contending or even winning team. He has major issues on defense, particularly with defending the pick and roll (while also pointing out his trouble executing this offensively). His effort level I think is more of a way to conserve energy, which of course points to a lack of conditioning. This also plays into his issues with foul trouble.
Posted this in the news section, but would love to know what people think after reading this article. Think it is really well done, has evidence and if Cousins' attitude issues were not enough, this points to the major danger of giving him the max contract, or even long term lucrative offer, he so desires. You can hope he turns it around and he is definitely one of the most talented players in the league, his numbers are of course impressive. However, the intangibles and lack of awareness on both ends of the court make it difficult to see one building a team around him. Urge people to read this piece. I think DeMarcus Cousins is a really talented player, just also have a very hard time believing he should be someone you hope to build a contending team around.
I feel as tho he hasn't got much better but it isn't all his fault the coaching staff ,training staff and front office are all part of the problem. A good percent of his plays are run between the foul line and 3 point line he is also made to initiate the offense a good deal and score.He's a force down low that's where he need to be surrounded with shooters. He's also the team captain and most passionate player on the team he takes every loss to heart where were the veteran bigs to help him learn the nba game or show him what it takes to lead a team.He was threw into the fire with an already bad rep.I don't think hes worth the max YET but a poor team will give it to him.
This was a well written article. I do think that Demarcus is worth a max extension just because a center with that talent does not come up very often. I think he is capable of being a good defender, and like the article said, his defensive woes are mostly effort related. As a kings fan, I have watched a fair share of their games. There are nights where Demarcus is playing with effort, and a good attitude, but there are also nights where he is frustrated, and when he is his defense and effort drops, and his jumpshots increase. The Kings management has been arguably the worst in the league, so it will be interesting to see if it improves this year.
...about the 2 options of bigs to play alongside cousins- the 3 point shooter or the defensive player. personally, in a perfect world i'd want a quick, agile shotblocker, who could possibly step out to midrange, like Anthony Davis. Defense would come first, and then you'd hope that with the right coach, you could make the spacing work, if your other big could drop to the short corner/pop to the free throw line after setting a pick.
If you are the Kings, I think you give him the max as long as he just doesn't go and do something insane this year. Worst case you have a valuable asset that is locked up for a long time. Even if it doesn't work out he can be traded. Joe Johnson got traded and he had no upside left. People still think they can turn him into a great player or that if he gets in the right place that he will be an all star. That may or may not be true.
Whatever the Kings do, they can't let him walk. No one is coming to Sacramento that isn't drafted, traded there or held hostage. You also don't want to have to match an offer for him because I guarantee he takes that as a sign of disrespect. You want the happiest Cousins you can get at this point. You have new management so they can at least say they can give him a fresh start.
My own take is he won't live up to his potential or a max contract. He is too much of a self destructing headcase. His talent is amazing, but I question how bad he wants it because I feel as though he puts all of his energy on offense, none on defense and still shoots poor percentages. He also doesn't do enough to stay on the floor. His per 36 stats are amazing, but it is far and few that he ever makes it to that many actual minutes.
I'm a big Zach Lowe fan and to me the best part of the article is when he mentioned that 50% of a basketball game is played on defense and if you are a minus there it can negate being a offensive positive. People seem to pretend defense isn't as important as offense. It might be the case that learning defensive skills is as hard as learning offensives skills. Like if Marcus Camby or Jason Kidd can develop range ten years in then it might take a clueless defender just as long or maybe even never get it, i.e. Jamison.
I think Boogie ends up maxed out and at least 12 teams would do it. The real question is will it be a 4 or 5 year max? We thought the new CBA and the metric push would cause the NBA contracts to change and they have a little. Calderon got 10 million per and it made sense (yin) but then Monta got 10 million (yang) and everything was business as usual.
Nerlens Noel would have been a perfect compliment to Boogie and Jason Thompson. As Thompson improves his range he could be sort of a stretch 4 and Noel and Boogs starting gives you a post players plus a weak side offensive rebounder. Plus Noel could guard quicker 4's while Boogie guards the Pekovic/Gasol or just bad skill-less centers types. McLemore is not a bad concession in this draft class but Noel brings the defensive energy Cousin's lacks.
For some reason I keep thinking that Cousins might end up being this era's Benoit Benjamin, although I never saw BB in his "prime". Just that both guys had great size, skill, and talent, but something obviously wasn't there with Benoit Benjamin. The jury is still out, of course, on DeMarcus Cousins, but it will be up to him.
The first Beniot Benjamin reference I ever saw. I think he might be a cut above that skill wise, like a Derrick Coleman. Imagine if Coleman wanted to be in the physical shape Karl Malone was in he would have been a sure fire Hall of Famer.