Will Kings center DeMarcus Cousins ever become a dominant big man in the NBA? The Kings are betting the answer is yes, and reportedly agreed with Cousins on a four-year extension worth more than $60 million. That's a sizable bet on a player who has shown both flashes of brilliance and moments of immaturity since Sacramento drafted him No. 5 overall in 2010.
At 6-foot-11 with strong scoring and rebounding skills, Cousins has shown he's capable of taking over a game. He's also earned a reputation for defensive lapses and earned a team-issued suspension for his behavior last season. But the Kings' new ownership has been upbeat about Cousins since taking over the franchise and brought in Shaquille O'Neal as a mentor. Will the Kings' gamble on Cousins pay off?
Potential for greatness?
DeMarcus Cousins has averaged 16.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in three seasons.
Who will lead?
The Kings' playoff chances may hinge on whether Cousins consistently plays up to his potential.
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