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Monday, December 26th, 2011 at 9:40 am  |  9 responses

DeMarcus Cousins Looking to Play ‘Smarter’ This Season


DeMarcus Cousins talking about his goal of improving his game from between the ears has to sound good to all Sacramento Kings fans, players and coaches. Per the Sac Bee: “Cousins doesn’t blame his teammates’ inability to catch passes for averaging 3.3 turnovers, ninth-most in the NBA. Nor is there complaining about officiating as a reason Cousins led the NBA with an average of 4.1 fouls per game. Then there’s the 43-percent shooting from the field, especially bad for a 6-foot-11 center. Cousins begins his second season tonight against the Los Angeles Lakers with plans to improve all those numbers. Maybe the officials will give Cousins the benefit of the doubt. He also should know what he can get away with when it comes to contact on the court. Cousins, however, knows all improvements begin with him. ‘I’m actually hoping for all of that,’ he said. ‘But it’s really just me playing smarter. But I’ve got to play a lot smarter.’ [...] For the Kings to improve, Cousins has to stay on the floor more than the 28.5 minutes he averaged as a rookie.Kings coach Paul Westphal said Cousins learns through experience rather than being told what to do. ‘It’s hard for him to learn by somebody telling him something, but he does learn,’ Westphal said. ‘One of the things about last year was I knew DeMarcus was going to have to play through some mistakes in order to find where the boundaries are. I expect his improvement to be in the areas of shooting percentage, turnovers and fouls.’ [...] ‘I think picking his spots comes a little bit better with experience and conditioning,’ Westphal said. ‘You get a little tired sometimes and you try to shove your way through instead of finesse your way through. He’s got the finesse.’ Reflecting on his rookie season, Cousins can point to instances where he didn’t play as smart as he needed to. ‘I’m playing against some of the smaller big men, and I’m trying to take them off the dribble,’ Cousins said. ‘I should be using my body, using my strength. It’s just knowing what to use.’”

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  • Jer Dawg

    If he can get his head on straight he’s a super talented player. All the skills of a basketball player, but doesn’t yet know how to use it properly. He’s gotta put some stuff in his back pocket and use it to embarrass opponents.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    We should start calling DeMarcus the Scarecrow. If only he had a brain….

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Oh he has a brain, he just need to check that attitude, but watching him a little last year, he’s a decent shooter and has a decent post game. Being a little more patient on the court could result in big things for him this season. prediction: 17ppg, 9.2rpg, 2.8ast, 52fg%,1.3 bpg.

  • mostballinest

    Ha! A calipari player and “smarter” in the same sentence.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    ^brandon knight had a 4.3gpa, calipari players are so dumb. ignorance is a evil of this world.

  • adanazz

    He might just be “smart” enough to win mvp this year.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign Slick Ric.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    The kid sure has a strong motor once he starts to put it together watch out. And its good he’s conscious of the mental aspect of this beautiful game. Just make sure you keep up that hustle young man you’ll be fine!

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Cousins was hustling tonight getting those missed free throws.

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