Every year the NBA polls 40 of the incoming rookies on a variety of topics regarding the new rookie class. This year, my boy DeMarcus Cousins seemed to clean up very nicely.
First, let’s recap what we know about the overall 5th pick in the 2010 NBA draft: DeMarcus Cousins, aka DMC, played one season at the University of Kentucky before opting out for the NBA. As a 6’11 center, DMC averaged 15.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game and he led the Southeastern Conference in rebounding. DMC along with John Wall, the 2010 NBA #1 draft pick, led the Wildcats to the Elite Eight in the 2010 NCAA tournament. On paper, DMC seems to be a talented player, but lets take a look on where he was ranked within his rookie class.
Although drafted fifth, the rookie class voted DMC the third most likely to become the 2010-2011 Rookie of the Year. DMC was outvoted by his former teammate John Wall and the 2009 #1 draft pick Blake Griffin (who is eligible for the poll since he sat out his first season with a knee injury). I wouldn’t necessarily call this fair since technically Griffin was in last years rookie class so with that, I say DMC is the second most likely rookie to earn Rookie of the Year status. While Rookie of the Year is a short-term goal, the big question is what rookie will have the best career. Again, DMC came up second with Wall beating him out once again.
While many reports say that DMC isn’t mature enough for the NBA, his teammates and competitors, the ones who know him best, think differently. DMC has the potential to become both an incredible player and a huge asset to the struggling Sacramento Kings. DMC’s numbers prove that regardless of his age, he has what it takes to rise to the top.
So with just nine days until the season tip-off, I would like to officially welcome DeMarcus Cousins, future Rookie of the Year, to the Sacramento Kings and thank the NBA gods for bringing the Kings what they have prayed for-a talented center.