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DeMarcus Cousins smashing Summer League

Posted on: July 14, 2010 3:03 pm
Posted by Matt Moore

Immature. Hyper-emotional. Basketcase.

Here's another word you should start associating with DeMarcus Cousins: Double-double.

Cousins has brought the umph in two games in summer league, averaging 16.5 points and 11 rebounds, to go with 1 block per game. Doesn't matter if that's Summer League. For the first two games of a kid's pro career, those are some pretty tasty digits.

Cousins' defense has also been a show, as Sactown Royalty pointed out . Cousins' biggest asset is his size, with a wide frame that can force opponents too deep on a baseline spin and block off the lane on face-up drives. Usually that's accompanied by a distinct lack of speed and quickness, but Cousins is actually showing off fairly impressive athleticism during the SL.

Between Cousins and Tyreke Evans, the Kings look like they'll have a killer 1-2 combo punch with hyper-athletic, versatile guys at both point guard and power forward. Evans is not participating in Summer League in antcipation of Team USA workouts, but the first time those two step on the floor, it's going to be exciting for Kings fans.

It's not all roses for Cousins, of course, who still has a lot of catching up to do with the rest of the NBA frontcourt average, much less elite. He needs to work on his fundamentals and spacing, but has at least already shown both the athleticism mentioned earlier, along with the touch necessary to bring the buckets. SR also wonders if usage is going to be a problem , but if it is, it will only be a short-term one, as Cousins, at least so far, very much looks like the future in Cowbell World.

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2010 11:00 pm

DeMarcus Cousins smashing Summer League

Reminds me of Duckworth, had a great 6month run then ate himself out of the league.  Soft touch around the basket and yes he could hit that 6-8 foot shot, not much foot speed but plenty of size to make up for lack of elevation and quickness.  This first season is a given, cause he wants to show that he belongs, but next year during the off season when he is suppose to be working on his game and he is out enjoying the money he earned is when we will be able to tell if Cousins belongs or is he just another Duckworth.

Yes I love watching Summer League basketball, because these are the guys who are trying hard to make a roster or to get accustomed to the higher level of play.  No one should make the mistake and think that because Rookies show out in a Summer League game or two that they will hold up under a full NBA schedule.  So hopefully the faithful in SACTOWN will show up  and understand that it's going to take more than a couple of Summer League games before they can crown Demarcus a double double machine.    &nb

Since: Jul 7, 2010
Posted on: July 14, 2010 5:31 pm

DeMarcus Cousins smashing Summer League

His ballhandling skills were pretty impressive. No one will confuse him for some of his UK teammates, but he looked pretty comfortable driving the lane last night.

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