The 2018-19 season was important for DeMarcus Cousins as he worked to return after tearing his Achilles the previous January while a member of the Pelicans. He joined the reigning champion Golden State Warriors on a one-year deal. Cousins suited up for the team for the first time Jan. 18. In just 15 minutes against the Clippers, Cousins went for 14 points, six rebounds and three assists in his season debut. Working back from the serious injury, Cousins took on a reduced role for the Warriors, but he was still very productive in 30 appearances for his new team. He averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Defensively, he registered per-game averages of 1.3 steals and 1.5 blocks. On a per-minute basis, he posted 22.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.1 blocks per 36 minutes. He produced a 28-point, 13-rebound effort April 2 in a win over the Nuggets. On the season, "Boogie" registered 10 double-doubles. Cousins suffered a torn labrum and missed 14 playoff games, but he played a key role in the Warriors' Game 2 Finals win with 11 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocks.2017
Cousins' second season in New Orleans would end up being the most productive all-around season of his career. In the 48 contests he appeared, he finished with a career-high 36.2 minutes per contest. Cousins' 51:30 worth of playing time in a double-overtime win over Chicago on Jan. 22 marked the highest single-game total during his eight years in the NBA. He averaged at least 25 points (25.2) for a third straight season. His 12.9 rebounds also established a new peak. Cousins finished with a whopping 38 double-doubles in 48 games. His 5.4 assists per contest were also a career-best, and an improved sharing of the basketball resulted in three triple-doubles. The last of these performances occurred during a 115-113 victory over the Rockets on Jan. 26. He was forced to leave early from that contest and ended up missing the remainder of the campaign with a torn Achilles. On the season, Cousins finished with three 40-point games and five 20-rebound performances. He also posted 10-plus assists on three separate occasions.2016
Cousins continued to thrive in his seventh season with Sacramento. In 55 games with the Kings, he averaged 27.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists per contest. After demonstrating his burgeoning three-point shot during the previous season, he blossomed further in that category in 2016-17, making 1.7 three-pointers per contest with Sacramento and shooting 35.6 percent from deep. However, Cousins was traded to New Orleans in February, putting an abrupt end to his tenure with the team that drafted him. With the Pelicans, the big man didn't miss a step, posting per-game averages of 24.4 points, 12.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 17 contests. Cousins continued to rack up impressive defensive stats during the campaign as well, averaging 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks between his two clubs. Among the highlights of his season was a 55-point, 14-rebound effort in a Sacramento win over Portland on Dec. 20. Cousins registered a pair of triple-doubles during his time with the Kings, including a 25-point, 12-rebound, 10-assist performance against Indiana on Jan. 18. With New Orleans, he tied a career high with 24 rebounds against San Antonio on March 3. For his efforts, Cousins was named to the Western Conference All-Star team for the third straight season.2015
Cousins followed his first All-Star season with another spectacular campaign in 2015-16. He raised his scoring average to a career-best 26.9 points per contest, fourth in the league. The 2010 fifth-overall draft pick also averaged 11.5 rebounds per game (fifth in the NBA) and 3.3 assists per contest. The big man added a new wrinkle to his game by emerging as a deep threat for the first time in his career. After making only 11 three-pointers through his first five seasons, Cousins totaled 70 treys in 2015-16. He also continued to stand out on the defensive end of the court, collecting 1.4 blocks along with a career-best 1.6 steals per game. The University of Kentucky product scored a career-high 56 points against the Hornets on Jan. 25, converting 21-of-30 field-goal attempts. He registered a triple-double 11 days later, tallying 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists while making all four of his attempts from deep versus Brooklyn. For the second straight season, Cousins was named an NBA All-Star. He scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds for the Western Conference in the midseason contest. Cousins was also selected to the All-NBA Second Team for the second year in a row.2014
After a standout 2013-14 campaign, Cousins stepped up his game even further during the 2014-15 season. He again posted career highs in almost every statistical category, including points (24.1), rebounds (12.7) and assists (3.6) per contest. Both his scoring and rebound average placed Cousins near the top of the NBA leaderboard, ranking fifth and third in the league, respectively. Cousins also continued to grow as a shooter, posting the best free-throw mark (78.2 percent) and the second-highest field-goal rate (46.7 percent) of his career. On the other end of the court, the big man averaged 1.5 steals per contest for the third time in his five campaigns and blocked a career-best 1.7 shots per game. The latter mark ranked 11th in the league. For his efforts, Cousins received a number of accolades. He was selected to the All-Star Game for the first time in his career and tallied 14 points along with seven rebounds in the February contest. The University of Kentucky product was also selected to the All-NBA Second Team for the first time in his career. Additionally, Cousins enjoyed a historic stretch between April 1 and April 3. During that stretch, he registered consecutive triple-doubles, notching at least 20 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in both games. He joined Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history to reach those marks in consecutive contests.2013
Cousins enjoyed his finest season to date during the 2013-14 campaign as he posted career highs in numerous statistical categories. His average of 22.7 points per game was not only the best mark of his career, it ranked ninth in the NBA. Cousins also posted a per-game average of 11.7 rebounds, surpassing his previous high and ranking fifth in the league. Not coincidentally, the big man's 26.1 PER was fifth-best in the NBA and also a career high. Defensively, Cousins posted the best statistical season of his career in both steals (1.5 per game) and blocked shots (1.3 per game), with the steals mark ranking 19th in the league. His 53 double-doubles ranked third overall in the association and, again, represented a career-best mark. One of those performances came against Minnesota on April 13 when Cousins tied a season high with 35 points and grabbed 15 boards to lead the Kings to victory. On March 11, he set a career high with six blocks and scored 13 points while collecting 14 rebounds against Detroit. Cousins earned his first NBA Player of the Week award for the week ending Jan. 12. In three games -- all Kings wins -- the big man averaged 25.0 points and 12.7 rebounds per contest.2012
Cousins continued to be the focal point of Sacramento's offense during his third NBA season. He posted per-game averages of 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and a career-high 2.7 assists. The University of Kentucky product also established career-best marks in field-goal percentage (46.5 percent) and free-throw percentage (73.8 percent). On Dec. 30, he registered his first career triple-double with a 12-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist effort in a win over Boston. The performance was one of 35 double-doubles he notched during the season. In another standout game, Cousins collected a career-best 22 rebounds while scoring 36 points and swatting three shots versus the Clippers on April 17.2011
In his sophomore campaign, DeMarcus Cousins averaged a double-double while blossoming as a defender. He improved upon his rookie numbers with per-game averages of 18.1 points and 11.0 rebounds. Cousins also pushed up his percentages from both the field and the charity stripe, shooting 44.8 percent and 70.2 percent, respectively. Defensively, the 6-foot-11 center ranked 18th in the league with 1.5 steals per contest and 26th with 1.2 blocks per game. Cousins collected 36 double-doubles in his 64 games, sixth-most in the league. On April 3, he scored a career-high 41 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against Phoenix. Cousins also collected 20 boards twice during the campaign.2010
Cousins was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the fifth pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. The University of Kentucky product took on a significant role immediately for the Kings, playing 81 games (including 62 starts) and averaging 28.5 minutes per contest in his rookie campaign. Cousins posted per-game averages of 14.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting 43 percent from the field. He notched 26 double-doubles during the campaign, including an 18-point, 18-rebound performance against Utah on March 5 in which he also tallied seven assists, two steals and three blocks. His body of work earned Cousins a selection to the All-Rookie First Team and a spot in the Rising Stars Challenge during the All-Star break.
June 24, 2010Drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 1st round (5th pick) of the 2010 NBA Draft. He later signed a rookie contract.
September 30, 2013Signed a four-year extension with the Sacramento Kings.
February 20, 2017Traded by the Sacramento Kings with Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans for Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, Buddy Hield, a protected 2017 1st-round draft pick (Zach Collins was later selected) and a 2017 2nd-round draft pick via Philadelphia (Frank Mason III was later selected).
July 6, 2018Signed a one-year contract with the Golden State Warriors.
July 6, 2019Signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
February 21, 2020Waived by the Lakers.
December 1, 2020Signed a one-year, $2.33 million contract with the Rockets.
February 23, 2021Released by the Rockets.