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DeMarcus Cousins has frustrated coaches, players and analysts everywhere with his failure to mature and play to his ability.
It feels like forever since the Kings were perennial contenders with Mike Bibby, Chris Webber and Vlade Divac. Well, that's because it has been a very long time, and Mike Bibby is the only one of the three left in the NBA (and his career is hanging on by a thread).
The Kings have tried to rebuild their team around center DeMarcus Cousins and guard Tyreke Evans. However, both players have failed to develop in the NBA since being drafted as freshmen out of college.
Cousins has been called immature by almost every single person who has seen him play. He has the natural ability to be one of the best centers in the NBA—if not the best—but his off-the-court attitude has held him back thus far. Last January, his immaturity even ran former head coach Paul Westphal out of town.
As for Evans, he is more mature off the court than Cousins, but not on the court. He has been incredibly inefficient and has a very poor shot selection. His bad instincts on both offense and defense have limited his seemingly unlimited ability to being no more than an average player in the NBA.
The Kings have put all of their eggs (for now) in the Cousins-Evans basket and will rely on their continued development to win basketball games. It's relatively safe to say that won't happen this season.