Draymond Green also got a chance to go up against his teammate last summer with Team USA, DeMarcus Cousins, and saw for himself why he is considered one of the league’s brightest stars. The 26-year-old Michigan State product had nothing but good things to say about Cousins and even went as far as saying that he is the best big man in the NBA today.
“He’s incredible. He can score the ball. I think DeMarcus is the best center in the game. I think a lot of times people try to — a lot of times people don’t give him that credit, and a lot of it is they try to downplay his stats because of his reputation, or getting technical fouls and things like that. He is the best big man in the game. It’s always interesting to watch, interesting to play against and interesting to play with.
“He’s an incredible player, and he continues to get better year in and year out — regardless of what credit people try to take from him or try not to necessarily give him. He’s the best big man in the game.”
Although their team’s are on different paths as the Warrior have been perennial title contenders the past couple of seasons while the Kings have struggled to even make the playoffs, Cousins’ continuous improvement has not gone unnoticed by the league, its players and even the fans. He is playing the best basketball of his career this year with averages of 28.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks and is doing his best to lead his team to a playoff appearance.
If Cousins continues to play at this level and also show signs of maturity, it won’t come as a surprise that the Kings can eventually be considered a force in the Western Conference in the future and will give Green and the Dubs a run for their money.