DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins
29-Year-Old CenterC
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Injury Knee
Est. Return 5/15/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Cousins returned in mid-January from a torn left Achilles' tendon and went on to play 30 regular-season and eight playoff contests for the Warriors, with a torn left quadriceps tendon suffered April 15 keeping him out for 14 postseason contests. While he handled a more limited minutes load than he had before he tore his Achilles, Cousins showed occasional flashes of his prior form, which was enough for him to land a contract with the Lakers this summer. Cousins had been in line to either start at center or handle a prominent role on the second unit, but the torn ACL likely means that the big man will be sidelined for the entire 2019-20 regular season and potentially the postseason, too. Cousins' injury is not only a significant blow to the Lakers, but also his rest-of-career outlook, which had already been on the downturn due to the prior serious injury. Cousins will spend the next several months rehabbing under the supervision of the Lakers' training staff before hitting free agency again next summer, where he'll likely be forced to settle for a one-year, prove-it deal once again. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Lakers in July of 2019. Waived by the Lakers in February of 2020.
Personal Bio

DeMarcus Amir Cousins was born in Mobile, Alabama, to Monique and Jessie Cousins. He has four sisters and a brother, Jaleel, who is also a professional basketball player. Cousins attended LeFlore Magnet High School in his hometown of Mobile. He earned recognition as a First-Team Parade All-American in 2009. That season, he played in the McDonald's All-American Boys Game, tallying 14 points and eight rebounds. Cousins also played in the 2009 Nike Hoop Summit and the Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden. As a professional, he participated in the 2017 NBA Africa Game in Johannesburg, South Africa, as a member of Team World. In 2017, Cousins was awarded the Offseason NBA Cares Community Assist Award in recognition of his frequent charity work for those in need. Learn more about Cousins at @boogiecousins on both Instagram and Twitter.

College/International Summary

Cousins first committed to play for coach John Calipari at Memphis, but when Calipari was hired by Kentucky the big man followed. In his freshman campaign with the Wildcats, Cousins averaged 15.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. He was recognized with a slew of honors, including placement on the SEC All-Freshman Team and the All-SEC First Team. Cousins was also named the SEC Rookie of the Year and a Wooden Award Finalist. In the NCAA Tournament, Kentucky advanced to the Elite 8 before falling to West Virginia. Cousins posted per-game averages of 13.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in four Tournament games. He garnered recognition on the NCAA Tournament East Region All-Tournament Team. Cousins declared for the 2010 NBA Draft following his freshman season.

Waived by Lakers
CLos Angeles Lakers
Knee
February 21, 2020
Cousins (knee) was waived by the Lakers on Friday to create a roster spot for Markieff Morris, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Earlier this week, coach Frank Vogel noted that it would be possible for Cousins to return in time for the playoffs. Ultimately, the organization decided it would be better to shore up its depth and increase its talent floor by adding the healthy Morris. Cousins will continue rehabbing his torn ACL, presumably with hopes of returning to the NBA for the 2020-21 season. He's played just 78 regular-season games since the beginning of the 2017-18 campaign.
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2018

The 2018-19 season was important for DeMarcus Cousins as he worked to return after tearing his Achilles the previous January while a member of the Pelicans. He joined the reigning champion Golden State Warriors on a one-year deal. Cousins suited up for the team for the first time Jan. 18. In just 15 minutes against the Clippers, Cousins went for 14 points, six rebounds and three assists in his season debut. Working back from the serious injury, Cousins took on a reduced role for the Warriors, but he was still very productive in 30 appearances for his new team. He averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Defensively, he registered per-game averages of 1.3 steals and 1.5 blocks. On a per-minute basis, he posted 22.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.1 blocks per 36 minutes. He produced a 28-point, 13-rebound effort April 2 in a win over the Nuggets. On the season, "Boogie" registered 10 double-doubles. Cousins suffered a torn labrum and missed 14 playoff games, but he played a key role in the Warriors' Game 2 Finals win with 11 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocks.

2017

Cousins' second season in New Orleans would end up being the most productive all-around season of his career. In the 48 contests he appeared, he finished with a career-high 36.2 minutes per contest. Cousins' 51:30 worth of playing time in a double-overtime win over Chicago on Jan. 22 marked the highest single-game total during his eight years in the NBA. He averaged at least 25 points (25.2) for a third straight season. His 12.9 rebounds also established a new peak. Cousins finished with a whopping 38 double-doubles in 48 games. His 5.4 assists per contest were also a career-best, and an improved sharing of the basketball resulted in three triple-doubles. The last of these performances occurred during a 115-113 victory over the Rockets on Jan. 26. He was forced to leave early from that contest and ended up missing the remainder of the campaign with a torn Achilles. On the season, Cousins finished with three 40-point games and five 20-rebound performances. He also posted 10-plus assists on three separate occasions.

2016

Cousins continued to thrive in his seventh season with Sacramento. In 55 games with the Kings, he averaged 27.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists per contest. After demonstrating his burgeoning three-point shot during the previous season, he blossomed further in that category in 2016-17, making 1.7 three-pointers per contest with Sacramento and shooting 35.6 percent from deep. However, Cousins was traded to New Orleans in February, putting an abrupt end to his tenure with the team that drafted him. With the Pelicans, the big man didn't miss a step, posting per-game averages of 24.4 points, 12.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 17 contests. Cousins continued to rack up impressive defensive stats during the campaign as well, averaging 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks between his two clubs. Among the highlights of his season was a 55-point, 14-rebound effort in a Sacramento win over Portland on Dec. 20. Cousins registered a pair of triple-doubles during his time with the Kings, including a 25-point, 12-rebound, 10-assist performance against Indiana on Jan. 18. With New Orleans, he tied a career high with 24 rebounds against San Antonio on March 3. For his efforts, Cousins was named to the Western Conference All-Star team for the third straight season.

2015

Cousins followed his first All-Star season with another spectacular campaign in 2015-16. He raised his scoring average to a career-best 26.9 points per contest, fourth in the league. The 2010 fifth-overall draft pick also averaged 11.5 rebounds per game (fifth in the NBA) and 3.3 assists per contest. The big man added a new wrinkle to his game by emerging as a deep threat for the first time in his career. After making only 11 three-pointers through his first five seasons, Cousins totaled 70 treys in 2015-16. He also continued to stand out on the defensive end of the court, collecting 1.4 blocks along with a career-best 1.6 steals per game. The University of Kentucky product scored a career-high 56 points against the Hornets on Jan. 25, converting 21-of-30 field-goal attempts. He registered a triple-double 11 days later, tallying 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists while making all four of his attempts from deep versus Brooklyn. For the second straight season, Cousins was named an NBA All-Star. He scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds for the Western Conference in the midseason contest. Cousins was also selected to the All-NBA Second Team for the second year in a row.

2014

After a standout 2013-14 campaign, Cousins stepped up his game even further during the 2014-15 season. He again posted career highs in almost every statistical category, including points (24.1), rebounds (12.7) and assists (3.6) per contest. Both his scoring and rebound average placed Cousins near the top of the NBA leaderboard, ranking fifth and third in the league, respectively. Cousins also continued to grow as a shooter, posting the best free-throw mark (78.2 percent) and the second-highest field-goal rate (46.7 percent) of his career. On the other end of the court, the big man averaged 1.5 steals per contest for the third time in his five campaigns and blocked a career-best 1.7 shots per game. The latter mark ranked 11th in the league. For his efforts, Cousins received a number of accolades. He was selected to the All-Star Game for the first time in his career and tallied 14 points along with seven rebounds in the February contest. The University of Kentucky product was also selected to the All-NBA Second Team for the first time in his career. Additionally, Cousins enjoyed a historic stretch between April 1 and April 3. During that stretch, he registered consecutive triple-doubles, notching at least 20 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in both games. He joined Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history to reach those marks in consecutive contests.

2013

Cousins enjoyed his finest season to date during the 2013-14 campaign as he posted career highs in numerous statistical categories. His average of 22.7 points per game was not only the best mark of his career, it ranked ninth in the NBA. Cousins also posted a per-game average of 11.7 rebounds, surpassing his previous high and ranking fifth in the league. Not coincidentally, the big man's 26.1 PER was fifth-best in the NBA and also a career high. Defensively, Cousins posted the best statistical season of his career in both steals (1.5 per game) and blocked shots (1.3 per game), with the steals mark ranking 19th in the league. His 53 double-doubles ranked third overall in the association and, again, represented a career-best mark. One of those performances came against Minnesota on April 13 when Cousins tied a season high with 35 points and grabbed 15 boards to lead the Kings to victory. On March 11, he set a career high with six blocks and scored 13 points while collecting 14 rebounds against Detroit. Cousins earned his first NBA Player of the Week award for the week ending Jan. 12. In three games -- all Kings wins -- the big man averaged 25.0 points and 12.7 rebounds per contest.

2012

Cousins continued to be the focal point of Sacramento's offense during his third NBA season. He posted per-game averages of 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and a career-high 2.7 assists. The University of Kentucky product also established career-best marks in field-goal percentage (46.5 percent) and free-throw percentage (73.8 percent). On Dec. 30, he registered his first career triple-double with a 12-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist effort in a win over Boston. The performance was one of 35 double-doubles he notched during the season. In another standout game, Cousins collected a career-best 22 rebounds while scoring 36 points and swatting three shots versus the Clippers on April 17.

2011

In his sophomore campaign, DeMarcus Cousins averaged a double-double while blossoming as a defender. He improved upon his rookie numbers with per-game averages of 18.1 points and 11.0 rebounds. Cousins also pushed up his percentages from both the field and the charity stripe, shooting 44.8 percent and 70.2 percent, respectively. Defensively, the 6-foot-11 center ranked 18th in the league with 1.5 steals per contest and 26th with 1.2 blocks per game. Cousins collected 36 double-doubles in his 64 games, sixth-most in the league. On April 3, he scored a career-high 41 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against Phoenix. Cousins also collected 20 boards twice during the campaign.

2010

Cousins was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the fifth pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. The University of Kentucky product took on a significant role immediately for the Kings, playing 81 games (including 62 starts) and averaging 28.5 minutes per contest in his rookie campaign. Cousins posted per-game averages of 14.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting 43 percent from the field. He notched 26 double-doubles during the campaign, including an 18-point, 18-rebound performance against Utah on March 5 in which he also tallied seven assists, two steals and three blocks. His body of work earned Cousins a selection to the All-Rookie First Team and a spot in the Rising Stars Challenge during the All-Star break.

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Transaction History
  • June 24, 2010
    Drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 1st round (5th pick) of the 2010 NBA Draft. He later signed a rookie contract.
  • September 30, 2013
    Signed a four-year extension with the Sacramento Kings.
  • February 20, 2017
    Traded by the Sacramento Kings with Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans for Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, Buddy Hield, a protected 2017 1st-round draft pick (Zach Collins was later selected) and a 2017 2nd-round draft pick via Philadelphia (Frank Mason III was later selected).
  • July 6, 2018
    Signed a one-year contract with the Golden State Warriors.
  • July 6, 2019
    Signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • February 21, 2020
    Waived by the Lakers.
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Cousins was in the midst of a dominant campaign and was one of the top Fantasy players in the league before tearing his Achilles in late January. One of the most dynamic big men in the league, Cousins averaged 25.2 points on 47.0 percent from the field, which was his highest mark since 2013-14. He also drilled a career-high 2.2 threes per tilt at 35.4 percent, and shot 74.6 percent from the charity stripe. Boogie also got his teammates involves, dishing out career-high 5.4 dimes per contest. His work on the glass also remained impressive, as he set a career-high 12.9 rebounding average. Cousins’ play wasn't just on the offensive end, either, as he racked up a combined 3.2 steals/blocks per game. Though he only appeared in 48 games, his diverse skillset allowed him to post 38 double-doubles, plus three triple-doubles. Three 40-point games, five 20-rebound games, three 10-plus assist efforts, four games with at least five blocks and three games with at least five steals were on his resume in 2017-18 as well. All of that being said, it’s not clear what kind of player Cousins will be less than one year removed from a devastating injury, as the history of players returning to full strength following an Achilles tear is incredibly slim. At the very least, his improved proficiency as a shooter should keep him in the running for several three-point attempts per game, though it’s not exactly clear how many minutes he'll garner. Ultimately, it’s a significant risk to draft Cousins in Fantasy this season, though it’s hard to argue with gambling on the four-time All-Star in a later round.
After six years in Sacramento, relations between the organization and Cousins finally soured and he was traded to the Pelicans at the trade deadline following 55 games with the Kings. Prior to the trade, Cousins had averaged 27.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.4 steals across 34.4 minutes, making him one of the more versatile multi-category Fantasy players at the center position. For the final 17 games of the season with the Pelicans, Cousins saw his scoring take a hit with an average of just 24.4 points, which was fully expected considering he joined a much more talented roster that features superstar Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday. His assists (3.9) and blocks (1.1) also went down, but he did see a spike in his rebounds (12.4) and steals (1.5), so the move wasn't all negative in terms of his value. Going into the 2017-18 campaign, Cousins is expected to take on a similar role in the frontcourt, teaming up with Davis as one of the league's most talented frontcourts. The Pelicans signed Rajon Rondo in free agency to pair with Holiday in the backcourt, which adds another willing passer who should have no problem getting Cousins open looks on a regular basis. With Cousins continuing to improve as a three-point shooter -- boasting a career-high 36.1 percent from three-point land last season -- he's added yet another category to his Fantasy profile, while also making himself harder to guard. He should be one of the best all-around bigs in terms of his cross-category production and should be a top-5 center yet again despite his points per game potentially going down in his first full season working alongside Davis, Holiday and Rondo.
While the Kings failed to reach the playoffs for the sixth time in as many seasons as he's been in the league, Cousins turned in the best statistical production of his career in 2015-16, despite his strained relationship with former coach George Karl. The 26-year-old averaged a career-high 26.9 points per game and developed a three-point shot, going 70-for-210 (33.3%) from long range after having only attempted eight treys the season before. Cousins remained as temperamental as ever, accruing a league-leading 17 technical fouls and serving a pair of one-game suspensions along the way, but staying healthy was a bigger issue for the bruising big man, who played in only 65 games while missing contests due to Achilles, back and ankle issues. He's now sat out 10-plus games in four of the last five seasons, which has been just about the only thing that has put a damper on Cousins' otherwise outstanding fantasy production. For evidence of the dominance Cousins' is capable of providing when he's healthy and focused, look no further than his numbers from the month of January, during which he averaged 31.5 points, 12.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 three-pointers per game while shooting 48 percent from the floor over 15 contests. Cousins' tendency to engage in emotional outbursts and clash with authority has often left the Kings' front office wondering if he's truly someone the team can build around, but the franchise appears committed to seeing if new coach Dave Joerger can get the most out of the enigmatic star. For his part, Cousins seems to be fully committed to building on last season's career year, as he dropped weight in the offseason for conditioning purposes and gained valuable experience in a winning culture while suiting up for the United States squad during the 2016 Summer Olympics. It might not be enough for him to turn the Kings into playoff contenders in 2016-17, but Cousins seems poised to churn out another stat-stuffing campaign regardless of how his team performs.
This past NBA season saw Cousins establish himself as one of the top centers in the NBA after playing for Team USA over the summer and earning his first NBA All-star bid. Although limited to just 59 games for Sacramento, Cousins still managed to take his game to another level in his fifth season. In 34 minutes per game, he averaged 24.1 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.7 blocks while shooting 78 percent from the line, all of which were career-highs. Cousins is a matchup nightmare on the offensive end, mixing his ability to bully opposing big men inside while being able to knock down jumpers as far out as 20 feet. His primary weakness remains his knack for piling up unnecessary fouls. New GM Vlade Divac has attempted to get him help in the form of Rajon Rondo and Marco Belinelli. The addition of rookie Willie Cauley-Stein should help keep Cousins out of foul trouble and allow him to be more efficient offensively, but that also likely cuts into his rebounding and block totals. Still just 25 years old, Cousins may assert himself as an All-NBA first team selection this upcoming season.
The 2013-14 season saw Cousins firmly establish himself among the league's elite frontcourt players. Coming off of a 2012-13 campaign in which he averaged 17.1 points and 9.9 rebounds, Cousins upped his all-around production, boosting his scoring more than five points per game (22.7) while averaging career-highs in rebounds (11.7) and assists (2.9). He also shot a career-best 50 percent from the field and converted nearly 70 percent of his attempts within three feet of the rim. Arguably the year's biggest All-Star snub, Cousins finished the season with the fifth-highest PER (26.1) in the league, and ranked among the top five in rebounds per game, total rebound percentage, defensive rebound percentage (first), and usage rate. Despite the vast all-around improvement, Cousins' career continues to be overshadowed by lingering character issues. It's well-known that he's among the league's most intense competitors, but he often draws criticism for allowing his emotions to spill over onto the court. Cousins ranked among the top four in personal fouls for the fourth straight season and picked up a league-high 16 technicals. Still, he hasn't let his emotions affect his production, and he figures to again be among the top fantasy forwards/centers this season. The Kings may be a few years away from contending, but after a strong summer with Team USA at the FIBA World Cup, Cousins' stock is higher than ever.
The enigmatic and supremely talented Cousins didn't hit that next gear that many pundits expected in his third season, instead taking a slight step back from his stellar sophomore campaign, but he was still able to put together a very solid campaign. Cousins finished the year with averages of 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 31 minutes per game. His shooting percentages both started trending in the right direction, as Cousins posted career-best marks of 47 percent from the floor and 74 percent from the line. But the biggest question mark with Cousins remains the maturity issues that have plagued him in the past. The Kings are under new management with a new owner and coach taking over the reins. The new brass have been vocally supportive of Cousins all offseason and plan to build around the talented 23-year-old going forward. Given his erratic ways in the past, there's certainly some risk involved with Cousins, but his talent level is topnotch, and he still has the potential of developing into a truly elite big man for both the Kings and fantasy squads.
While all the question marks that have surrounded Cousins about his character and maturity throughout the years are still legit, there’s no mistaking he’s an elite-level talent after his sophomore campaign with the Kings. After an up-and-down rookie campaign, Cousins turned into a double-double machine in 2011-12, finishing the season with averages of 18.1 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks in under 31 minutes per game. His play only got stronger as the season went on, as he averaged 19 or more points each of the final three months of the regular season. Despite the breakout, Cousins still needs to improve his decision making, which led to a 44.8 percent shooting percentage, 2.7 turnovers and 4.0 fouls per game. With smarter play, he should see extra playing time. Talent-wise, though, it’s tough to argue with what Cousins has to offer. He has an array of low-post moves, while also being able hit outside shots or take similar sized big men off the dribble. After the firing of Paul Westphal early last season, it’s clear the Kings are committed to building around Cousins. Given his vast amount of potential, fantasy owners should consider doing the same.
The volatile big man out of Kentucky had the up-and-down rookie campaign most expected – falling in and out of favor with Kings coach Paul Westphal, but looking like a dominant post presence and future All-Star when properly motivated. Cousins finished the season with averages of 14.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.8 blocks. He struggled with his efficiency across the board, though, shooting just 43.0 percent from the floor and 68.7 percent from the line while turning the ball over 3.3 times per game. Cousins’ immaturity also was evident in his 4.1 fouls per game as his mistakes on the defensive end of the court often led to foul trouble. Despite these obvious concerns, it’s hard not to get excited about Cousins’ future. He has an array of post moves that will enable him to be one of the better scorers on the block once he matures and becomes more efficient. While the Kings have other big men like J.J. Hickson and Jason Thompson on their roster, Cousins remains the only post player on the team with the potential to be a franchise-type player. This could be the last time he comes at a discount on draft day.
Thanks to character and work ethic concerns, Cousins fell to No. 5 in this year's draft, where Sacramento happily snatched him up. He dominated at times during Summer League play, averaging 16.2 points and 10.8 rebounds, flashing an impressive midrange game combined with good strength down low. However, he faded badly, shooting just 20 percent (9-for-45) from the floor over the final three games in Las Vegas, which highlights the concerns about his conditioning. He also seemed aloof and was reluctant to take coaching advice at times – so red flags remain. The hope is Cousins will be motivated to prove himself in the NBA after hearing so much criticism and falling to the fifth pick. With such a young roster, the Kings will certainly give him all the playing time he can handle right from the start. Cousins has the physical tools to be a double-double machine, but there's hardly a guarantee he lives up to his vast potential.
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Could be back for playoffs
CLos Angeles Lakers
Knee
February 17, 2020
Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Saturday during his media availability session at All-Star weekend that Cousins (knee) could be ready to play at some point during the postseason. "He's on track to get healthy by the playoffs," Vogel said of Cousins, who underwent surgery in August to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. "We'll have to see where he's at with rhythm and conditioning and timing and all that stuff. But there is a possibility he returns this season, yes."
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Criminal charges dropped
CLos Angeles Lakers
Knee
November 22, 2019
Cousins (knee) was cleared Friday of charges related to a warrant for his arrest filed in Mobile, Ala. in August, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Lakers apply for exception
CLos Angeles Lakers
Knee
September 9, 2019
The Lakers have applied for a $1.75 million disabled player exception with Cousins (knee) expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Arrest warrant issued
CLos Angeles Lakers
Knee
August 29, 2019
An arrest warrant was issued for Cousins (knee) in connection with the misdemeanor domestic violence charge he's facing in Mobile, Ala., ESPN.com reports.
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Team aware of threat allegations
CLos Angeles Lakers
Knee
August 27, 2019
The Lakers acknowledged Tuesday that they're "investigating the allegations" against Cousins, who is accused of threatening the mother of his child, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com reports.
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