DeMarcus Cousins' Best Days Are Still to Come

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIJanuary 1, 2013

December 28, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) holds onto a rebound against the New York Knicks in the second quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit:  Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Cary Emondson-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Cousins' best days are still to come.

Cousins made franchise history on December 30th, 2012, becoming the third Sacramento Kings center to record a triple-double. He also became the 11th center since 1985 to record a triple-double with at least 10 assists.

Cousins' upside was on full display as he dropped 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 dimes against Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics.

This is the latest high in what can only be described as a season of ups-and-downs. From the recent triple-double to Cousins' one-game suspension, there has been no shortage of drama in Sac Town (via USA Today).

It's not so easy to give up on Cousins when he does things like this.

DMC's reputation has led to the belief that he will never reach his unparalleled potential. With his well-rounded skill set and unbelievable physical makeup, Cousins has the build to become one of the greatest of our generation.

But potential means nothing if you can't live up to it.

Fortunately for DMC, his best days are still ahead. Although he's already posting All-Star caliber numbers, the quality of his play will significantly improve.

Even if that is difficult to believe.

So what is it that separates Cousins from the rest of the pack? What makes DMC worth the headache?

To put it simply, we have rarely seen a big man so dynamically gifted.

Physically Dominant

At just 22 years of age, DeMarcus Cousins stands at 6'11" and 270 pounds. He also has a 7'6" wingspan and a vertical of 27.5 inches.

So how do you plan on stopping him?

Cousins is one of the most bruising low-post players in the NBA. With his back to the basket, DMC will put his shoulder down and pummel an opponent before finishing in the paint for two points.

And there is nothing a defender can do about it.

To make matters worse for an opposing defense, Cousins is agile enough to take an opponent off of the dribble and rise up for a highlight-reel finish. Paired with a solid mid-range game, it becomes clear that he is destined for greatness.

On the defensive end of the floor, Cousins is powerful as a low-post defender. He also has the athleticism to defend a stretch 4.

When a player is this physically dominant, how can we not be optimistic about their future?

Breathing Versatility

Not only is Cousins one of the most physically gifted centers in the history of the NBA, but he's one of the most versatile in the present day.

During his young career, Cousins has posted career averages of 15.9 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks per game. In 2011-12, he displayed that the upside is legitimate.

Cousins averaged 18.1 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks. He led the NBA with 4.1 offensive boards per game.

Furthermore, Cousins shot 39.4 percent from mid-range. Keep in mind, that number was posted by a 22-year-old center.

With borderline elite statistical output across the board, Cousins has set the table for a legendary career. The question is, where will he be attempting to reach that potential?

The Potential for a Trade

According to Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee, DeMarcus Cousins has fired agent John Greig and hired Dan Fegan. You may not be familiar with Fegan's name, but you're certain to be familiar with his work.

He was Dwight Howard's agent during the period of Dwightmare.

Since the move was made, Sam Amick of USA Today has reported that the Sacramento Kings are attempting to trade Cousins. Teams that are in play include the Washington Wizards, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics.

The deal makes sense on paper, as the Wizards play host to Cousins' college teammate, John Wall.

Kentucky Sports Radio now reports that the Celtics, Charlotte Bobcats, Dallas Mavericks and Orlando Magic are also interested in the former Kentucky Wildcat. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports confirmed Charlotte's interest.

On the contrary, David Aldridge of NBA.com reports that Cousins "is not going anywhere," per Kings GM Geoff Petrie.

Regardless of where he ends up, Cousins has the potential to become the best big man in the NBA. From his size and athleticism to his two-way fundamentals, Cousins has "star" written all over him.

The question is, will he stop being his own worst enemy? If so, his best days are ahead of him.


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