What in the world should the Sacramento Kings do with DeMarcus Cousins? Is he worth it in the end? Can he be the best player on a playoff team? Would he destroy any team’s chemistry if he was traded? These are all questions that should cross your mind when thinking about Boogie. The first thing I want to point out is that… Boogie is an absolute monster on both ends of the floor.
Talent wise, he is one of the best players in the NBA. This season he is averaging 29.0 PPG, 10.5 RPG, and he is shooting an impressive 37.4 percent from downtown. He can do just about anything on a basketball court.. by anything I mean anything from score 55 points to getting ejected. That is the biggest thing with Cousins; he is a wildcard on the court and is (very) often not easy to deal with. Recently, he has been extra wild after yelling at a reporter and nearly getting ejected in a game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Boogie can be an unstoppable force at times, but the big question is whether or not he is worth risk to have on your already established team. I do not think it is a secret that Boogie is not happy in Sacramento, but there have not been to many rumors about Boogie getting traded. Part of me wants to believe that Boogie acts up because he wants out of Sacramento (like a very little part of me), the other part me thinks that this is who Boogie Cousins really is. I have always been the biggest advocate for Boogie, I think that he is a superstar and he is only getting better, but recently Boogie and I have had a complicated relationship. I truly do not know if is he worth the risk because I do not know if there is an actual “Boogie Whisperer” out there.
Boogie is by the far the best player on the Kings, but the front office of the Kings will have some decisions to make for the future on whether or not they think Boogie is there franchise centerpiece. He will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018; he obviously is going to get a lot of offers, but will he be on the Kings for much longer? Boogie would fit well on a team that is not very good, but has to take a risk on the player like Cousins to see if he can lead them to the playoffs. Maybe Sacramento is just a bad city for Cousins, maybe everywhere is a bad fit for Cousins; it is impossible to tell. Trading Cousins to a team that has an already established chemistry and has demonstrated some success would really hurt that established team. I did not think that in the past, but recently I have lost all faith in Boogie Cousins being able to not destroy an already established team’s chemistry.
There might be a true “Boogie Whisperer” out there, but in all honesty, the only way Boogie will thrive is if changes his tendencies on the court. If he is trying to really get out of Sacramento, then keep up the craziness, but do not be surprised if the only trade partners are non-playoff teams. No current team with a great team chemistry and future would take a risk on Cousins right now, unless the trade offer was just too great to pass up.
Boogie is one of the best players in the NBA, but it is really hard to process whether he is worth the risk down the road. Boogie might just need a change of scenery, but he also might be impossible to deal with. In the end, his numbers speak for himself and you cannot argue with statistics, but basketball is a team sport and team chemistry is very important.
Boogie thinks everyone is out to get him, but the end.. he might just be his own worst enemy.