Sacramento Kings Fan View: DeMarcus Cousins Wants Out

According to the team, DeMarcus Cousins has asked the Kings to trade him. There are also reports that Cousins' agent is saying that DMC didn't demand a trade. This also may have just been a heated argument. Either way, this an ugly situation.

In the 2010 draft, the Sacramento selected DeMarcus Cousins (DMC) fifth overall. He ended up with a nice season according to the stats. The 6'11", 270-pounder out of Kentucky averaged 14.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. He had three double-doubles during the last month of the season and put up 30 points against Oklahoma City. He also earned a spot on the NBA All-Rookie First Team. This season he already has three double-doubles.

Cousins is a well known head case. This is very surprising coming just four games into his second NBA season. The Kings will put Cousins on the shelf and hope they can get something for him.

DMC's immaturity

DMC is still a young man so this could easily be blamed on his youth. However, DMC must learn to manage his emotions in an adult way. Coach Paul Westphal and the Kings probably hoped that he would get under control. He acts as if he is bigger than the team and knows more than the coaching staff. Even if he is right, this isn't the way to handle it. As a rookie, Cousins constantly argued with refs and threw temper tantrums.

DMC's potential

Eventually, this guy is going to be really good. He is a great rebounder who can pass well and score. Some team will roll the dice and make a deal for all his potential. On the other hand, his immaturity and poor judgment have to make any team wonder if his considerable potential will ever be realized. He is good enough to make you think of how he should be dominating the NBA with double-doubles. He is bad enough to make you think that he just isn't worth the trouble.

He will be a difference-maker one day but I knew it would not happen while wearing the uniform of the team that drafted him. Cousins will certainly blossom into one of the league's most dangerous scorers and rebounders down the road. The only thing that could stop him from morphing into a superstar big man is his attitude.

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Updated Sunday, Jan 1, 2012