April 07, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) reacts after the play against the Memphis Grizzlies during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Grizzlies won 89-87. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings: DeMarcus Cousins Must Become More Mature

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DeMarcus Cousins has an amazing amount of potential that NBA fans have seen throughout his young career. Cousins can potentially be the best center in the NBA. He is physically gifted, athletic and agile with a skillset not many centers have.

Cousins is 6’11’’, 270 pounds with a 7’6’’ wingspan. He is a dominant presence on the low post that can either block or alter the opposition’s shot. He can back down defenders, face up and drive to the basket or shoot the mid-range shot. Cousins has great court vision and can pass the ball well; he can even dribble the length of the court to lead a fast break.

In the 2012-2013 regular season, Cousins nearly averaged a double-double with 17.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. He also averaged 2.7 assist and 1.4 steals per game.

However, his stats are plague with his inability to control his emotions on the court. Cousins lead the league with 17 technical fouls as well as four rejections. In December, the Sacramento Kings suspended Cousins indefinitely for acting unprofessionally to head coach, Keith Smart.

Cousins must learn to control his emotions and be mature and professional when dealing with altercations on the court. This change is the only way for Cousins to reach his potential.

The league is tired of his tantrums and fits. Sacramento has invested so much time and effort on him and it is time for Cousins to be that All-star, Franchise center we all know he can be. The Kings need him to be on the same page with the team if they want to have a winning season.

I have seen what he can do on the court and I am at awe. Cousins scored a season high, 36 points and career best 22 rebounds in the Kings last game against the Clippers and recorded his first triple-double back in December against the Boston Celtics.

I want Cousins to succeed more than anyone else, but he has to shape up and change. He has to change his ways and change his attitude. He has the potential to be the best center in the league. The only thing stopping him from reaching the top is himself. 

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