With the drama of the offseason now behind him and his team, DeMarcus Cousins is focused on being one of the best basketball players on the planet.

Boogie doesn’t want to be considered merely a darkhorse MVP candidate—Cousins thinks he has a real shot at the L’s top individual award in 2015-16.

The 25-year-old All-Star center says he welcomes the pressure and expectations for his Sacramento Kings to reach the Playoffs.

Per Bleacher Report:

The topic is the 2015-16 NBA MVP award and whether it could be reachable for DeMarcus Cousins. […] “Reachable, man?” Cousins said, his voice rising high. “It’s mine to grab.”

 

“It’s going to take a full team effort,” Cousins said. “I’ll try to play at a high level and bring my team along with me.” […] New teammate Rajon Rondo floated the same idea during Kings media day, telling reporters: “Not to put any pressure on him, but I expect nothing less but MVP.”

 

His production is going to be massive, and if the revamped Kings rise to a playoff berth in the deep Western Conference, it’ll be an inspirational maturation. And that will mean Cousins will have persisted with this new professionalism and will have evolved into a leader his team can trust to avoid doing the wrong thing at the wrong time for the wrong result. […] “To have playoff expectations, it’s an exciting feeling,” Cousins said. “It’s one I’ve never felt.”