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DeMarcus Cousins

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DeMarcus Cousins is a professional basketball player with four NBA All-Star selections. Unfortunately for DeMarcus Cousins, news has been both positive and negative. He has shone on the court but has had his fair share of injuries and disciplinary issues as well.

His career has had some astonishing accomplishments, and as a player, there have been few better over the last ten years. An NBA championship ring has been elusive, and DeMarcus Cousins will be hoping that he can recover his fitness to push on for a few more seasons.

While he has been in the news lately for his private life, many have wondered who does DeMarcus Cousins play for? Cousins signed a one-year contract with the LA Lakers in July, but tore his left knee’s anterior cruciate ligament in August. Many thought that, due to his private issues and injury, the Lakers might let him go. Instead, the Lakers have welcomed him back into the fold, supporting DeMarcus Cousins’ position until after an investigation has been concluded.

When fit and on form, there are few better centers in the NBA. His record over the years has been, at times, exceptional. The Lakers will be hoping that he can recover sooner than expected and help end their NBA Playoff drought.

Early career

DeMarcus Cousins was born on 13 August 1990 in Mobile, Alabama. He attended high school at LeFlore Magnet High School in Mobile, Alabama. From a young age, DeMarcus Cousins already began to stand out. In his 2007-2008 season, he averaged 17.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1 assist per game.

DeMarcus Cousins was selected to play in both the 2009 Parade All-American and the 2009 McDonald’s All-American Boys games. His performances in high school and the All-American games garnered a lot of attention from colleges. Cousins went back and forth with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Memphis. When John Calipari left Memphis to coach at the University of Kentucky, DeMarcus Cousins followed suit, signing a letter of intent on 15 April 2009.

In his freshman year, DeMarcus Cousins averaged 15.1 points, 9.8 rebounds 1 assist and 1 steal per game. DeMarcus Cousins would be a one-and-done with Kentucky. He decided to forgo his next three years of college to enlist in the 2010 NBA Draft. DeMarcus Cousins’s career as a professional basketball player would soon begin.

Sacramento Kings

The Sacramento Kings made DeMarcus Cousins NBA draft pick number five overall when they drafted him in the first round of the 2010 NBA draft. In his rookie season, he would average 14.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. This earned him a spot in the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

The following season saw signs of off-the-court issues as well as an increase in form on the court. Cousins averaged a double-double for points and rebounds, something he has achieved seven times in his ten NBA seasons thus far. He averaged 18.1 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

His relationship with head coach Paul Westphal had at this point become untenable. Westphal sent Cousins home from a game with the New Orleans Hornets on 1 January 2012. Four days later, Westphal was fired as head coach.

The 2012-2013 season had more disciplinary issues. DeMarcus Cousins was suspended by both the league and the Kings. In November, he confronted a commentator after a game against the San Antonio Spurs. In December he was suspended for unprofessional behavior with the Kings. Despite this, he still averaged 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 2.7 assists.

Demarcus Cousins playing for Sacramento Kings

The following season would see him return a double-double average, but still face disciplinary issues. He averaged 22.7 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game. Cousins would serve a one-game suspension for punching a Patrick Beverley in the stomach.

The 2014-2015 season would kick off the best form of DeMarcus Cousins’ career. It would mark the first of four consecutive selections as an NBA All-Star. It was also a season where Cousins would enter himself into the NBA record books.

In April, DeMarcus Cousins recorded two consecutive triple-doubles. The first game, on 1 April 2015 against the Houston Rockets, Cousins scored 24 points, 21 rebounds, 10 assists, and 6 blocks. He was just the fourth NBA player to ever achieve this. The following game, on 3 April against the New Orleans Pelicans, he scored 24 points, 20 rebounds, and 13 assists. Cousins joins the greats, Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor, as the only players to have achieved two consecutive 20-point, 20-rebound and 10-assist games.

In the 2015-2016 season, DeMarcus Cousins continued his form. He averaged 26.9 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. He scored 56 points against the Charlotte Hornets. This is a franchise record for the Sacramento Kings.

The 2016-2017 season would one of his best seasons for the Kings but would also be his last. DeMarcus Cousins averaged 27.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. He also set a Kings franchise record for most career double-doubles with 247.

Towards the end of the season, the Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans. The DeMarcus Cousins trade would signal the end of an era for the Kings and Cousins.

New Orleans Pelicans

DeMarcus Cousins adapted well to his new team and ended the 2016-2017 season well. He averaged 24.4 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 3.9 assists in 17 games.

The following season would be bittersweet. In possibly one of the best seasons of his career, he also suffered a serious injury. He averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. He was the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to score 40+ points, 20+ rebounds and 10+assists in a game.

Unfortunately, Cousins tore his left Achilles tendon on 26 January 2018. This put him out for the rest of the season.

Golden State Warriors

On 6 July 2018, DeMarcus Cousins signed a one-year contract with the Golden State Warriors. While he managed to make the 2019 NBA Finals, the season was marred with injury. After recovering from his Achilles tendon injury in January, he tore his left quadriceps in April.

In spite of the injuries, Cousins averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game. With the expiration of his contract, Cousins became a free agent.

Demarcus Cousins with his hands on his hips while wearing Golden State Warriors jersey

Los Angeles Lakers

On 6 July 2019, Lakers news sites confirmed that DeMarcus Cousins had signed a one-year contract with the Lakers. Sadly for the Lakers, DeMarcus Cousins tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in August 2019.

Due to the recovery time needed, it is unsure whether DeMarcus Cousins will play a game in the Lakers schedule this season. As a result, the Lakers successfully applied that DeMarcus Cousins contract be rewarded with a Disabled Player Exception by the NBA.

When it comes to DeMarcus Cousins, Lakers fans will be keeping tabs on more than just his recovery. Cousins has been in the news recently when it was revealed that he potentially threatened his child’s mother life. The outcome of that investigation will no doubt influence his season with the Lakers. To find out more about Cousins and the Lakers, follow the Lakerholicz website. With recent partnership with BetMGM, support us by visiting BetMGM for a seamless betting and gaming experience.

NBA stats

DeMarcus Cousins’ stats are impressive, especially having spent ten seasons in the NBA. He averages 21.2 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. If he can recover from his injuries, he could help the Lakers break their NBA Playoff drought this season.

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