In last night’s contest between the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets, Demarcus Cousins went bananas, putting on a performance for the ages. Cousins recorded a monstrous triple double against one of the league’s top defences out in Houston, collecting a stat line of 24 points, 21 rebounds, 10 assists, 6 blocks, and 3 steals. Per basketball-reference.com, Cousins is only the second player in NBA history to accomplish such a ridiculous stat line. The only other player to drop 20/20/10/5 in a night is Chris Webber, who many believe is a borderline hall of fame inductee, although he hasn’t got the nod yet.
If this spectacular performance was an indication, Demarcus Cousins has truly arrived as arguably the greatest centre in the NBA. The Kentucky product in 57 games this season is averaging an impressive 24 points and 12.5 boards a night, which places him in elite NBA company. What has Kings fans even more optimistic is that Cousins likely hasn’t even reached his ceiling. This season is only Cousins’ fifth in the league, and at the young age of 24 he still has many years of dominance ahead of him.
On a side note, Cousins excellence last night overshadowed what Rockets superstar James Harden did in last night’s contest: 51 points on 16/25 shooting and 8/9 from 3-point range…if he’s not the MVP of the league, something’s truly wrong. Without Harden, the Rockets are a lottery team. With him, they’re a perennial title contender.