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DeMarcus Cousins and 7 Players Who Must Grow Up to Become NBA All-Stars
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Becoming a successful NBA player is difficult. First and foremost, it takes God-given abilities just to make it to the NBA. But once you're there, it takes focus, dedication, discipline and emotional maturity to become an All-Star.

Some players have all of the talent in the world, but they're lacking the attributes listed above to get to that next level. For some, it's about not having the discipline and emotional maturity on and off the court to keep themselves in line. For others, it's about not putting in the necessary dedication to their games in order to improve enough to take that next step. For others still, it's simply about not staying focused when on the court and doing things with purpose.

Nobody is questioning the abilities of these seven players. For them, it's about growing up enough to have everything come together.

(All stats listed are current through games played on Dec. 22)

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