DeMarcus Cousins’ trouble in the NBA
DeMarcus Cousins was drafted fifth overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2010 draft from the Kentucky Wildcats, but some may argue that he isn’t mature enough to handle the NBA.
Since joining the NBA in 2010, Cousins has 28 technical fouls and 6 ejections, according to ESPN.com, and was recently ejected for elbowing Milwaukee Bucks Mike Dunleavy in the back of the head.
Cousins was suspended a game for unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team. He was also suspended two games for getting into a confrontation with San Antonio Spurs commentator Sean Elliot.
The Kings right now are in jeopardy of relocating its franchise to Seattle and are in the middle of rebuilding their team. Cousins right now is averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds a game but still hasn’t proven that he is mature enough to be the franchise player of a struggling team.
Cousins’ attitude around the league has even gotten players such as Dallas Mavericks’ OJ Mayo commenting about his maturity in the league. Mayo at one point said that Cousins had “mental issues” and that he could be a franchise leader if he wanted to, according to CBS Sports.
Cousins needs to be more humble on how he approaches the game if he wants to succeed. He has a good post-game and his body can bring nightmares to teams with smaller players. Unfortunately, many teams don’t want to risk on investing in a player that can bring down a franchise unless they’re willing to take a risk.
Cousins’s attitude and maturity could be a factor for how productive he is in the NBA, but if he is placed in a veteran team like the San Antonio Spurs or Boston Celtics and under a great coach, he may see a bright future ahead of him.