DeMarcus Cousins has done everything to earn an extension with the Sacramento Kings, and here’s why they should splurge.
Whether you like his bombastic and sometimes detrimental personality, trying to refute Cousins’ talent is a losing proposition. He may act like he wants to leave the Kings, but the former lottery pick wants to stay with the organization and is looking to sign a max extension this summer, per CSN’s James Ham.
“CSN California has confirmed through a league source that the two sides have tossed around numbers and that barring a late change in direction by either side, Cousins intends to sign a massive, max-money extension, estimated at roughly $207 million during the offseason that will keep the big man in a Kings uniform long-term.”
Cousins will have completed his seventh season of service at the conclusion of this year, making him eligible to receive up to 35 percent of Sacramento’s salary cap. That number is expected to plateau a $102 million. Not only will he finish his seventh season, but it’ll be his best campaign since coming into the league and it will wholly warrant that $200 million-plus deal.
Despite the flare-ups and outbursts, Cousins loves Sacramento and told reporters how much he’d love to stay before turning the question on them.
— TBN (@TBNMedia) January 11, 2017
I don’t know much it comes to Boogie and the media, but I do know that he’s an easy target to pick on because of his flamboyant attitude. He gets mad. He sometimes goes at reporters. He acts in ways that no other NBA player does. But, that same attitude is what makes him such a compelling guy to watch.
The only thing separating Cousins from being the best center in the NBA is whether you consider Anthony Davis a four or a five. Offensively, Davis is the only other big who can hang with his volume, but even he isn’t as versatile on that end of the floor. Cousins can play on the block, from mid-range, go off the dribble at times and caps it all off with a respectable three-point stroke.
Oh, he also top-5 in free throw attempts and is averaging nearly four assists a night.
That complete offensive package results in 28 points a game, and he’s still averaging 10 boards despite being a little more perimeter-oriented. In addition to his volume, he’s quite efficient as well. Cousins shoots 38.4 percent from three, and that number jumps to 43 when he’s left wide open. Overall, he’s at 45 percent. He makes other centers come out to the three-point line and then can toy with them in the paint if he chooses.
Cousins is a genuine superstar. He’s going to show up. If I’m the front office, I do not hesitate to give him a max deal because he’s someone who can lead another team to a championship if allowed to walk after 2017-18.
It wouldn’t be right to talk about DMC without having a paragraph or two on his behavior, some of which stems from the ineptitude of Sacramento. He’s been a so-called hot-head since his days at the University of Kentucky, but that situation is vastly different to where he is now. As a freshman under John Calipari, Cousins was arguably the best player on a loaded Wildcats squad. They breezed through their competition, spent 12 weeks in the top-3 of the AP Poll (seven consecutive) and finished the year at number two.
The team’s magical run came to an end at the hands of West Virginia in the Elite Eight and Kentucky ended the season with a 35-3 record.
Fast forward six years, and the Kings have more than 30 games just once. Over that span, Boogie has racked up more than his fair share of technicals while competing for one of the worst-run organizations in sports. If your MVP-caliber talents were wasted on a team that didn’t deserve them, wouldn’t you be mad?
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