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DeMarcus Cousins

26-Year-Old    C,PF    New Orleans Pelicans

2016-17 NBA Stats

PTS

27.0

REB

11.0

AST

4.6

STL

1.4

BLK

1.3

2016 NBA ROS Projections

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2016-17 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

While the Kings failed to reach the playoffs for the sixth time in as many seasons as he's been in the league, Cousins turned in the best statistical production of his career in 2015-16, despite his strained relationship with former coach George Karl. The 26-year-old average...

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STATUS:  Game-Time Decision    INJURY:  Achilles    EST. RETURN:  7/1/2017
HT: 6' 11"   WT: 270 lbs   DOB: 8/13/1990  College: Kentucky
DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #5 Overall in 2010   Show ContractHide Contract

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DeMarcus Cousins Contract Information:

Signed a four-year, $65.61 million contract extension with the Kings in September of 2013. Contract runs through the end of the 2017-18 season. Traded to the Pelicans in February of 2017.

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DeMarcus Cousins NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2010-11 19 SAC 81 28.5 14.1 8.6 2.5 1.0 0.8 0.0 43.0 68.7 3.3 2.7 6.0 0.2 16.7 5.3 12.4 3.4 5.0
2011-12 20 SAC 64 30.5 18.1 11.0 1.6 1.5 1.2 0.0 44.8 70.2 2.7 4.1 6.8 0.2 14.3 7.0 15.6 4.1 5.8
2012-13 21 SAC 75 30.5 17.1 9.9 2.7 1.4 0.7 0.1 46.5 73.8 3.0 3.0 7.0 0.3 18.2 6.4 13.8 4.2 5.6
2013-14 22 SAC 71 32.4 22.7 11.7 2.9 1.5 1.3 0.0 49.6 72.6 3.5 3.1 8.6 0.1 0.0 8.3 16.8 6.1 8.4
2014-15 23 SAC 59 34.1 24.1 12.7 3.6 1.5 1.7 0.0 46.7 78.2 4.3 3.1 9.5 0.1 25.0 8.4 18.1 7.2 9.2
2015-16 24 SAC 65 34.6 26.9 11.5 3.3 1.6 1.4 1.1 45.1 71.8 3.8 2.4 9.1 3.2 33.3 9.2 20.5 7.3 10.2
2016-17 25 NOP 17 33.8 24.4 12.4 3.9 1.5 1.2 2.1 45.2 77.7 3.6 2.2 10.2 5.6 37.5 8.4 18.5 5.5 7.1
2016-17 25 SAC 55 34.4 27.8 10.6 4.8 1.4 1.3 1.7 45.2 77.0 3.8 2.1 8.5 4.9 35.6 9.2 20.3 7.7 10.0
2016-17 25 NOP/SAC 72 34.2 27.0 11.0 4.6 1.4 1.3 1.8 45.2 77.2 3.7 2.1 8.9 5.0 36.1 9.0 19.9 7.2 9.3
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DeMarcus Cousins NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 14 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 30 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 5 Games 5 36.6 30.2 13.4 5.2 1.0 1.6 3.2 47.6 84.1 3.6 2.4 11.0 7.2 44.4 9.8 20.6 7.4 8.8
Last 10 Games 10 33.6 25.9 11.6 4.0 1.5 1.2 2.5 46.9 73.2 3.4 1.9 9.7 6.0 41.7 9.1 19.4 5.2 7.1
Last 20 Games 20 33.5 24.8 12.1 4.4 1.5 1.1 2.0 45.9 76.4 3.9 2.1 10.0 5.5 35.5 8.4 18.3 6.0 7.9

 

2016-17 NBA Game Log   DeMarcus Cousins
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Date Opp SCORE MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Apr 12 @POR 100-103 Did Not Play
Apr 11 @LAL 108-96 Did Not Play
Apr 8 @GSW 123-101 Did Not Play
Apr 7 @DEN 122-106 Did Not Play
Apr 4 DEN 131-134 36 30 14 9 1 1 2 10 22 7 8 3 8 5 9 6
Apr 2 CHI 110-117 42 26 18 3 0 1 7 8 16 8 8 2 6 1 17 5
Mar 31 SAC 117-89 35 37 13 4 3 1 5 12 21 8 11 5 8 2 11 5
Mar 29 DAL 121-118 40 29 16 6 0 1 1 9 19 10 12 1 5 2 14 3
Mar 27 @UTA 108-100 Did Not Play
Mar 26 @DEN 90-115 Did Not Play
Mar 24 @HOU 117-107 30 29 6 4 1 4 3 10 25 4 5 5 9 2 4 4
Mar 21 MEM 95-82 37 41 16 2 2 2 2 14 27 8 9 5 9 4 12 5
Mar 19 MIN 123-109 31 15 11 4 3 0 4 7 14 0 0 1 5 1 10 4
Mar 17 HOU 128-112 Did Not Play
Mar 15 @MIA 120-112 30 19 9 1 2 0 4 8 17 1 3 2 3 1 8 5
Mar 14 POR 100-77 30 22 9 3 3 2 0 9 22 4 10 0 5 1 8 2
Mar 11 @CHA 122-125 25 11 4 4 0 0 6 4 11 2 5 1 2 0 4 5
Mar 8 TOR 87-94 39 25 10 3 1 2 5 8 23 6 7 3 8 2 8 5
Mar 6 @UTA 88-83 38 15 8 3 1 0 4 5 15 4 4 1 4 0 8 2
Mar 5 @LAL 97-105 31 26 15 2 0 1 4 9 21 5 6 3 5 4 11 6
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Mar 3 SAS 98-101 43 19 24 4 0 0 6 7 18 4 5 1 6 4 20 5
Mar 1 DET 109-86 Did Not Play
Feb 26 @OKC 118-110 21 31 10 3 0 0 1 8 15 15 15 0 3 2 8 6
Feb 25 @DAL 96-83 32 12 15 6 3 0 7 3 9 4 8 2 5 3 12 3
Feb 23 HOU 99-129 35 27 13 5 5 4 1 11 19 4 5 1 5 3 10 4
Feb 15 @GSW 109-86 23 13 4 6 0 1 3 6 14 0 1 1 3 0 4 1
Feb 14 @LAL 96-97 36 40 12 8 2 1 6 13 24 12 19 2 7 2 10 2
Feb 12 NOP 105-99 36 28 14 7 2 1 7 7 14 14 16 0 4 2 12 3
Feb 10 ATL 108-107 32 22 11 7 2 1 9 6 17 8 13 2 8 2 9 5
Feb 8 BOS 108-92 Did Not Play
Feb 6 CHI 107-112 38 18 14 5 1 1 2 5 16 5 6 3 9 2 12 5
Feb 4 GSW 109-106 40 32 12 8 2 1 7 13 30 6 6 0 5 3 9 5
Feb 3 PHO 103-105 34 22 11 12 1 2 5 6 16 7 9 3 7 1 10 5
Jan 31 @HOU 105-83 25 16 7 5 0 0 2 5 16 5 7 1 4 1 6 2
Jan 30 @PHI 122-119 32 46 15 5 1 1 8 11 16 20 22 4 6 4 11 6
Jan 28 @CHA 106-109 34 35 18 4 0 1 2 13 22 7 9 2 2 7 11 4
Jan 27 @IND 115-111 39 26 16 5 0 1 6 8 16 9 14 1 4 3 13 5
Jan 25 @CLE 112-116 39 28 11 9 3 1 2 11 30 6 9 0 5 2 9 3
Jan 23 @DET 104-109 32 22 13 6 3 2 6 8 21 5 8 1 3 2 11 2
Jan 21 @CHI 102-99 35 42 14 3 1 2 2 16 28 8 9 2 7 2 12 4
Jan 20 @MEM 107-91 28 19 10 2 0 1 4 5 11 7 10 2 3 1 9 4
Jan 18 IND 100-106 38 25 12 10 1 3 9 7 19 10 14 1 2 1 11 3
Jan 15 OKC 118-122 34 31 11 7 3 1 6 8 20 14 17 1 6 6 5 2
Jan 13 CLE 108-120 39 26 7 11 1 0 6 9 16 7 9 1 5 0 7 3
Jan 10 DET 100-94 30 24 13 6 1 1 3 8 14 4 7 4 5 4 9 4
Jan 8 GSW 106-117 29 17 10 5 1 2 7 4 11 8 9 1 3 0 10 4
Jan 6 LAC 98-106 36 25 11 7 3 2 4 9 19 4 6 3 8 2 9 3
Jan 4 MIA 102-107 32 13 6 4 2 0 1 4 15 5 8 0 4 0 6 5
Jan 3 @DEN 113-120 34 31 6 6 0 1 0 10 25 8 8 3 7 0 6 3
Dec 31 MEM 98-112 38 26 4 8 5 0 5 7 18 12 13 0 3 2 2 4
Dec 28 @POR 102-89 35 28 8 6 2 1 2 8 19 9 10 3 6 1 7 5
Dec 26 PHI 102-100 34 30 7 5 3 2 5 10 20 8 9 2 4 2 5 4
Dec 23 @MIN 105-109 37 32 7 7 4 2 5 13 24 3 5 3 6 2 5 3
Dec 21 @UTA 93-94 31 21 8 3 0 1 3 5 18 10 13 1 3 1 7 2
Dec 20 POR 126-121 41 55 14 1 1 3 5 17 28 16 17 5 8 1 13 5
Dec 18 @DAL 99-79 35 33 6 0 0 1 2 12 24 7 10 2 6 0 6 3
Dec 16 @MEM 92-96 35 22 9 1 0 1 2 7 20 8 8 0 3 0 9 6
Dec 14 @HOU 132-98 Did Not Play
Dec 12 LAL 116-92 35 31 17 5 2 3 8 12 22 5 7 2 3 2 15 3
Dec 10 @UTA 104-84 34 16 10 4 1 1 3 7 22 1 3 1 6 3 7 3
Dec 9 NYK 100-103 36 28 12 6 3 1 3 9 25 10 12 0 6 3 9 2
Dec 7 @DAL 89-120 33 24 13 7 0 3 2 10 16 2 3 2 2 2 11 3
Dec 4 @NYK 106-98 43 36 13 4 1 3 2 9 31 14 16 4 10 5 8 0
Dec 2 @BOS 97-92 34 28 9 3 1 4 2 10 26 6 8 2 7 3 6 4
Nov 28 @WAS 101-95 40 36 20 4 2 1 5 16 34 3 10 1 6 4 16 5
Nov 27 @BKN 105-122 36 37 11 2 4 1 1 13 24 7 9 4 5 2 9 2
Nov 25 HOU 104-117 30 32 9 1 0 5 4 12 22 3 5 5 9 0 9 5
Nov 23 OKC 116-101 35 36 13 2 0 0 2 14 28 5 6 3 5 2 11 3
Nov 20 TOR 102-99 30 19 10 4 0 0 2 7 22 2 3 3 6 2 8 3
Nov 18 LAC 115-121 37 38 13 7 3 1 4 12 29 12 14 2 7 4 9 4
Nov 16 SAS 105-110 37 26 17 6 1 0 3 7 16 11 14 1 4 3 14 4
Nov 11 @POR 122-120 39 33 9 3 1 2 3 12 22 6 9 3 7 2 7 5
Nov 10 LAL 91-101 36 28 9 4 2 0 4 10 25 5 8 3 6 3 6 3
Nov 8 NOP 102-94 33 28 4 4 2 2 2 11 20 6 8 0 3 1 3 5
Nov 6 @TOR 91-96 36 22 14 4 1 3 0 7 21 8 11 0 1 5 9 4
Nov 5 @MIL 117-91 28 15 4 0 1 3 2 5 12 5 6 0 2 0 4 3
Nov 3 @ORL 102-94 36 33 7 4 2 1 2 12 20 8 9 1 3 1 6 3
Nov 1 @MIA 108-96 35 30 7 4 0 1 4 8 16 14 18 0 0 1 6 6
Oct 31 @ATL 106-95 32 14 12 1 0 1 4 6 16 1 3 1 5 2 10 5
Oct 29 MIN 106-103 33 29 7 4 1 0 3 9 16 11 14 0 2 5 2 6
Oct 27 SAS 94-102 37 37 16 2 1 0 3 10 22 14 16 3 5 3 13 3
Oct 26 @PHO 94-113 25 24 6 2 1 0 3 6 10 12 16 0 1 1 5 4
DeMarcus Cousins Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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DeMarcus Cousins – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#1 Center
Also Listed As:  #3 Power Forward

1.  DeMarcus Cousins

2.  Anthony Davis

3.  Alexis Ajinca

4.  Donatas Motiejunas

5.  Omer Asik

New Orleans Pelicans

True Shooting Percentage

56.2%

True Shooting % in 2016-17

In 2016-17, DeMarcus Cousins has a true shooting percentage of 56.2%.

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DeMarcus Cousins NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2010-11 19 SAC 81 36.0 17.8 10.9 3.2 1.3 1.1 0.0 43.0 68.7 4.2 3.4 7.5 0.3 16.7 6.7 15.7 4.3 6.3
2011-12 20 SAC 64 36.0 21.4 13.0 1.9 1.7 1.4 0.0 44.8 70.2 3.1 4.9 8.1 0.3 14.3 8.3 18.4 4.8 6.9
2012-13 21 SAC 75 36.0 20.1 11.7 3.1 1.7 0.9 0.1 46.5 73.8 3.5 3.5 8.2 0.3 18.2 7.6 16.3 4.9 6.7
2013-14 22 SAC 71 36.0 25.3 13.0 3.2 1.7 1.4 0.0 49.6 72.6 3.9 3.4 9.6 0.1 0.0 9.3 18.7 6.8 9.3
2014-15 23 SAC 59 36.0 25.4 13.4 3.8 1.6 1.8 0.0 46.7 78.2 4.5 3.3 10.1 0.1 25.0 8.9 19.1 7.6 9.7
2015-16 24 SAC 65 36.0 28.0 12.0 3.4 1.6 1.5 1.1 45.1 71.8 4.0 2.5 9.4 3.4 33.3 9.6 21.3 7.6 10.6
2016-17 25 NOP 17 36.0 26.0 13.2 4.1 1.6 1.3 2.3 45.2 77.7 3.9 2.3 10.9 6.0 37.5 8.9 19.7 5.9 7.6
2016-17 25 SAC 55 36.0 29.1 11.1 5.1 1.4 1.4 1.8 45.2 77.0 3.9 2.2 8.9 5.1 35.6 9.6 21.3 8.1 10.5
2016-17 25 NOP/SAC 72 36.0 28.4 11.6 4.8 1.5 1.4 1.9 45.2 77.2 3.9 2.2 9.4 5.3 36.1 9.4 20.9 7.6 9.8
2016-17 Projections 26 SAC 72 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 projections for DeMarcus Cousins

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DeMarcus Cousins NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2010-11 19 SAC 81 2309 1143 699 204 85 68 3 43.0 68.7 268 217 482 18 16.7 432 1004 276 402
2011-12 20 SAC 64 1950 1160 703 102 93 75 2 44.8 70.2 170 265 438 14 14.3 448 999 262 373
2012-13 21 SAC 75 2289 1280 746 199 108 55 4 46.5 73.8 225 222 524 22 18.2 482 1036 312 423
2013-14 22 SAC 71 2298 1614 831 207 109 91 0 49.6 72.6 251 218 613 7 0.0 591 1191 432 595
2014-15 23 SAC 59 2013 1421 747 210 90 103 2 46.7 78.2 254 185 562 8 25.0 498 1066 423 541
2015-16 24 SAC 65 2246 1748 747 214 101 92 70 45.1 71.8 249 158 589 210 33.3 601 1332 476 663
2016-17 25 NOP 17 574 414 211 66 25 20 36 45.2 77.7 62 37 174 96 37.5 142 314 94 121
2016-17 25 SAC 55 1891 1528 583 266 75 74 95 45.2 77.0 207 115 468 267 35.6 505 1118 423 549
2016-17 25 NOP/SAC 72 2465 1942 794 332 100 94 131 45.2 77.2 269 152 642 363 36.1 647 1432 517 670
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DeMarcus Cousins NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2010-11 19 SAC 81 28.5 48.4 43.2 12.3 16.2 0.8 15.2
2011-12 20 SAC 64 30.5 49.9 44.9 7.1 11.8 0.6 20.3
2012-13 21 SAC 75 30.5 52.4 46.7 12.1 13.7 0.9 20.0
2013-14 22 SAC 71 32.4 55.5 49.6 10.8 13.1 0.8 25.9
2014-15 23 SAC 59 34.1 54.5 46.8 11.9 14.4 0.8 27.6
2015-16 24 SAC 65 34.6 53.8 47.7 10.3 11.9 0.9 26.7
2016-17 25 NOP 17 33.8 56.4 51.0 13.3 12.5 1.1 27.9
2016-17 25 SAC 55 34.4 56.2 49.4 14.5 11.3 1.3 28.7
2016-17 25 NOP/SAC 72 34.2 56.2 49.8 14.3 11.6 1.2 28.5
2016-17 Projections 26 SAC 72 34.9 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 projections for DeMarcus Cousins

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DeMarcus Cousins: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Cousins (Achilles) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Lakers.

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Cousins (Achilles) won't play Saturday against the Warriors.

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Cousins (Achilles) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Nuggets, Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports reports.

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Cousins is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Nuggets due to a sore right Achilles.

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Cousins scored 30 points (10-22 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 7-8 FT) and added 14 rebounds, nine assists, two blocks and one steal across 36 minutes in Tuesday's 134-131 loss to the Nuggets.

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Cousins collected 26 points (8-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 8-8 FT), 18 rebounds, three assists and one block across 42 minutes during Sunday's 117-110 loss to the Bulls.

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Cousins posted 37 points (12-21 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 8-11 FT), 13 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocked shots over 35 minutes in Friday's 117-89 win over the Kings.

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Cousins finished with 29 points (9-19 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 10-12 FT), 16 rebounds, six assists and a blocked shot over 40 minutes in Wednesday's 121-118 win against the Mavericks.

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Cousins (ankle) will play in Wednesday's game against the Mavericks, Justin Verrier of ESPN reports.

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Cousins (ankle) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks.

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Cousins (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Jazz.

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Cousins (ankle) is listed as questionable to play Monday against the Jazz, Justin Verrier of ESPN.com reports.

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2016-17

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2015-16

This past NBA season saw Cousins establish himself as one of the top centers in the NBA after playing for Team USA over the summer and earning his first NBA All-star bid. Although limited to just 59 games for Sacramento, Cousins still managed to take his game to another level in his fifth season. In 34 minutes per game, he averaged 24.1 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.7 blocks while shooting 78 percent from the line, all of which were career-highs. Cousins is a matchup nightmare on the offensive end, mixing his ability to bully opposing big men inside while being able to knock down jumpers as far out as 20 feet. His primary weakness remains his knack for piling up unnecessary fouls. New GM Vlade Divac has attempted to get him help in the form of Rajon Rondo and Marco Belinelli. The addition of rookie Willie Cauley-Stein should help keep Cousins out of foul trouble and allow him to be more efficient offensively, but that also likely cuts into his rebounding and block totals. Still just 25 years old, Cousins may assert himself as an All-NBA first team selection this upcoming season.

2014-15

The 2013-14 season saw Cousins firmly establish himself among the league's elite frontcourt players. Coming off of a 2012-13 campaign in which he averaged 17.1 points and 9.9 rebounds, Cousins upped his all-around production, boosting his scoring more than five points per game (22.7) while averaging career-highs in rebounds (11.7) and assists (2.9). He also shot a career-best 50 percent from the field and converted nearly 70 percent of his attempts within three feet of the rim. Arguably the year's biggest All-Star snub, Cousins finished the season with the fifth-highest PER (26.1) in the league, and ranked among the top five in rebounds per game, total rebound percentage, defensive rebound percentage (first), and usage rate. Despite the vast all-around improvement, Cousins' career continues to be overshadowed by lingering character issues. It's well-known that he's among the league's most intense competitors, but he often draws criticism for allowing his emotions to spill over onto the court. Cousins ranked among the top four in personal fouls for the fourth straight season and picked up a league-high 16 technicals. Still, he hasn't let his emotions affect his production, and he figures to again be among the top fantasy forwards/centers this season. The Kings may be a few years away from contending, but after a strong summer with Team USA at the FIBA World Cup, Cousins' stock is higher than ever.

2013-14

The enigmatic and supremely talented Cousins didn't hit that next gear that many pundits expected in his third season, instead taking a slight step back from his stellar sophomore campaign, but he was still able to put together a very solid campaign. Cousins finished the year with averages of 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 31 minutes per game. His shooting percentages both started trending in the right direction, as Cousins posted career-best marks of 47 percent from the floor and 74 percent from the line. But the biggest question mark with Cousins remains the maturity issues that have plagued him in the past. The Kings are under new management with a new owner and coach taking over the reins. The new brass have been vocally supportive of Cousins all offseason and plan to build around the talented 23-year-old going forward. Given his erratic ways in the past, there's certainly some risk involved with Cousins, but his talent level is topnotch, and he still has the potential of developing into a truly elite big man for both the Kings and fantasy squads.

2012-13

While all the question marks that have surrounded Cousins about his character and maturity throughout the years are still legit, thereís no mistaking heís an elite-level talent after his sophomore campaign with the Kings. After an up-and-down rookie campaign, Cousins turned into a double-double machine in 2011-12, finishing the season with averages of 18.1 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks in under 31 minutes per game. His play only got stronger as the season went on, as he averaged 19 or more points each of the final three months of the regular season. Despite the breakout, Cousins still needs to improve his decision making, which led to a 44.8 percent shooting percentage, 2.7 turnovers and 4.0 fouls per game. With smarter play, he should see extra playing time. Talent-wise, though, itís tough to argue with what Cousins has to offer. He has an array of low-post moves, while also being able hit outside shots or take similar sized big men off the dribble. After the firing of Paul Westphal early last season, itís clear the Kings are committed to building around Cousins. Given his vast amount of potential, fantasy owners should consider doing the same.

2011-12

The volatile big man out of Kentucky had the up-and-down rookie campaign most expected Ė falling in and out of favor with Kings coach Paul Westphal, but looking like a dominant post presence and future All-Star when properly motivated. Cousins finished the season with averages of 14.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.8 blocks. He struggled with his efficiency across the board, though, shooting just 43.0 percent from the floor and 68.7 percent from the line while turning the ball over 3.3 times per game. Cousinsí immaturity also was evident in his 4.1 fouls per game as his mistakes on the defensive end of the court often led to foul trouble. Despite these obvious concerns, itís hard not to get excited about Cousinsí future. He has an array of post moves that will enable him to be one of the better scorers on the block once he matures and becomes more efficient. While the Kings have other big men like J.J. Hickson and Jason Thompson on their roster, Cousins remains the only post player on the team with the potential to be a franchise-type player. This could be the last time he comes at a discount on draft day.

2010-11

Thanks to character and work ethic concerns, Cousins fell to No. 5 in this year's draft, where Sacramento happily snatched him up. He dominated at times during Summer League play, averaging 16.2 points and 10.8 rebounds, flashing an impressive midrange game combined with good strength down low. However, he faded badly, shooting just 20 percent (9-for-45) from the floor over the final three games in Las Vegas, which highlights the concerns about his conditioning. He also seemed aloof and was reluctant to take coaching advice at times Ė so red flags remain. The hope is Cousins will be motivated to prove himself in the NBA after hearing so much criticism and falling to the fifth pick. With such a young roster, the Kings will certainly give him all the playing time he can handle right from the start. Cousins has the physical tools to be a double-double machine, but there's hardly a guarantee he lives up to his vast potential.