DeMarcus Cousins hasn't taken long to show that he belongs in the NBA.
In two years, he's become one of the top offensive post presences and rebounders in the NBA, and he has a mid-range jump shot that has to be respected.
However, he's had concerns with his attitude—most notably his run-ins with his former coach Paul Westphal—and is largely considered one of the main reasons Westphal was fired.
Chairman of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo even said Cousins was "immature" at the start of Olympic basketball training this past summer, when Cousins was playing with the Select team, as noted by USA Today.
Cousins handled the situation well, as Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee noted in July, and his extra workouts this summer seem to show that he's on the right path to having a breakout season. His seemingly good relationship with current coach Keith Smart is a good sign as well.
Going somewhat hand-in-hand with with keeping his attitude in check, is lowering the number of fouls he commits per game.
He was fourth in rebounds per game last season and third in amount of charges taken per game, but he also led the league in personal fouls; was second in technical fouls; and tied for first in flagrants.
Hopefully, his commitment, his work ethic and his effort to improving his attitude also takes care of the fouls concern. If it does, Cousins may very well be headed towards an All-Star season.