George Karl needs to stop this war with Demarcus Cousins or it will cost him his job. Last season the Kings let go coach Mike Malone. Looking to head in another direction, the team bought in battle-tested George Karl. The two haven’t hit it off since Karl’s arrival. Earlier this week, a rumor began to swirl that the Kings were shopping Demarcus Cousins. Vice president of basketball operations Vlade Divac went on the record to say that Cousins wasn’t on the block, but the fact that this surfaced isn’t a good PR look for either camp. I don’t know what Karl’s problem is, why would he want to move Demarcus Cousins?
Offensively, Demarcus Cousins has emerged as one of the most dynamic centers in the NBA. Last year, Cousins posted career highs across the board. The Alabama native averaged 24 points per game while shooting 47% from the field. The video clip above gives you a glimpse of the rare versatile skill set Cousin has. Cousins has proven to be as comfortable in transition as he is dominant in the half court game. Fouling Cousins isn’t an option either, as he shoots close to 80% from the charity stripe. It’s amazing that he has developed this deep array of post moves at the tender age of 24. Cousins on the offensive end is only going to get better.
Demarcus has taken great strides on the defensive side of the floor as well. Last year he averaged close 1.5 steals and 1.7 blocks per game, which is amazing for a frontcourt player. His effort on the defensive side of the floor is game changing. On the glass, Cousins is an animal. The tenacious big man snatched three offensive rebounds a night last year. Rebounding is a pillar in which good teams are built upon, so why would the Kings want to move one of the best rebounders in the league?
Sacramento has done a solid job in adding pieces in the draft. In the past two years, they added two solid wings in Ben McLemore and Nik Stauskas. They also added a strong combo forward in Rudy Gay last season. I would assume that Karl would want to focus his attention on grooming the young wings and build around the grizzled vets. The Kings are heading in the right direction, why would they move their franchise player?