Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has had the best season of his four-year career in 2013-14. But according to the NBA, that season is now over as he has been suspended for the season finale Wednesday against the Suns.
Cousins picked up his 16th technical foul of the season in Sunday’s win over Minnesota and the mandatory sentence was announced Monday by the NBA. (h/t CBSSports.com)
The move might have had playoff repercussions, but those were taken care of Monday night when the Memphis Grizzlies eliminated Phoenix.
Cousins played 71 games this season, missing some time with ankle and hamstring injuries, and averaged a team-high 22.7 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. He also averaged 2.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per game on 49.6 percent shooting, setting new career highs in every category (he also averaged 1.5 steals in 2011-12).
His player efficiency rating (PER) was 26.2, currently fifth-best in the NBA, trailing only Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Anthony Davis. An average PER is considered to be 15. He is 10th in scoring per game and fifth in rebounding per game.
Cousins was the Kings’ first-round pick in 2010, taken fifth overall after playing one season at Kentucky. He signed a four-year contract extension valued at nearly $61 million last September.