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.