While the current world of NBA rookies belongs to John Wall at the moment, his ex-teammate from Kentucky, DeMarcus Cousins, will have a lot to say about who gets the Rookie of the Year award next summer. Last night, Cousins gave Sacto fans a glimpse of the magic he and Tyreke Evans will be providing over the next few seasons in his debut preseason game. Cousins posted a healthy line of 16 points and 16 rebounds (and a rookie-like five turnovers and fouls).
Yes, the “it’s only preseason” applies here, but it’s easy to see the chemistry these two are developing, and it could make the Kings and their underrated roster a factor when it comes to deciding the last couple of playoff teams in the Western Conference. There is some talent on the Kings roster outside of the two Calipari kids; you know, folks like Carl Landry, Francisco Garcia, Omri Casspi, and Jason Thompson.
Yes, there are holes with the Kings, but then again, no one’s saying they are a championship contender, at least not on this end.
As for the Evans/Cousins connection — you’ll be hearing a lot about these two during the season, I’m guessing — the strong chemistry looks to be developing between the two studs, as seen in the upcoming display of pick-and-roll basketball.
Other things to look for: Cousins showing off his nifty free throw line jumper at the 23-second mark; the quickness Cousins showed with the driving layup at the 50-second mark (he’s not just a big stiff who will look to just camp out in the paint), and Cousins beating Robin Lopez for a offensive rebound/put-back dunk at the 1:26 mark.
Sure, this reads like a Kentucky fan shilling for a loved player, but the fact remains, it looks like the Kings have the makings for a very strong one-two punch between Evans and Cousins. That, alone, should be reason for Kings fans to be hyped about the upcoming season.