Throwback Thursday: DeMarcus Cousins

SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 16: DeMarcus Cousins
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 16: DeMarcus Cousins /

Welcome back to the next edition of Throwback Thursday here on A Royal Pain! This player comes as a surprise, but it’s DeMarcus Cousins!

Welcome everyone to Throwback Thursday where today’s edition will be spotlighted on a player no one probably expected. I decided to put DeMarcus Cousins in the Twitter poll for fun to mix things up, and crazy enough, he turned out victorious! We’ve already covered Doug Christie, Mike Bibby, Jason Williams, Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic, and Vlade Divac. Without further ado, let’s get into it with DeMarcus Cousins!

The Player

Born in Mobile, Alabama on August 13th, 1990, Cousins went on to play college ball for one year at the University of Kentucky and then declared for the NBA Draft. He was selected number five overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2010 draft where he rocked the purple and white until early 2017. Last February, Cousins was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, and a first round pick in this year’s draft.

The Numbers

Obviously, Kings fans should know Cousins is 27-years-old so he’s still in the league. Here are his career averages so far: 21.2 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.4 steals, and a 45.9% field goal percentage. Based off his stats, DeMarcus was absolutely killing it for the Kings this past season before he inevitably got traded. In the 55 games he played in, he averaged 27.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.4 steals, and a 45.2% field goal percentage.

This man was extremely unstoppable. He dropped 55 points against the Blazers this season, in one game!


  • SEC All-Rookie Team 2010
  • SEC Rookie of the Year 2010
  • First-team all SEC 2010
  • Consensus second-team All-American 2010
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team 2011
  • 2x NBA All-Second team 2015,2016
  • 3x NBA All-Star 2015, 2016, 2017

The Wrap Up

It was painful to write this one because not only did Cousins provide a superstar skill set for the Kings, but he was also immensely loved by the Sacramento community. Other than his technical fouls, he brought so much passion and dedication to Sacramento and I hope he doesn’t get booed when he returns to California’s capital.

We wish you good luck at New Orleans, DeMarcus!

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