DEMARCUS AMIR COUSINS (born August 13, 1990) is an American
professional basketball player for the
New Orleans Pelicans of the
National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed "BOOGIE", he played
college basketball for the University of Kentucky , where he was an
All-American in 2010. He left Kentucky after one season, and was
selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2010
NBA draft by the
Sacramento Kings . In his first season with the Kings, Cousins was
named to the
NBA All-Rookie First Team , and from 2015 to 2017, he was
* 1 High school career
* 2 College career
* 2.1 College statistics
* 3 Professional career
* 3.1 Sacramento Kings (2010–2017)
* 3.1.1 2010–11 season * 3.1.2 2011–12 season * 3.1.3 2012–13 season * 3.1.4 2013–14 season * 3.1.5 2014–15 season * 3.1.6 2015–16 season * 3.1.7 2016–17 season
* 3.2 New Orleans Pelicans (2017–present)
* 4 NBA career statistics
* 4.1 Regular season
* 5 National team career * 6 Personal life * 7 References * 8 External links
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
Cousins attended LeFlore Magnet High School in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama . He was a first-team Parade All-American in 2009, and played in the 2009 McDonald\'s All-American Boys Game , finishing with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Cousins also played in the 2009 Nike Hoop Summit at the Rose Garden in Portland and the Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden where he scored 10 points for the black team. Cousins led LeFlore to the Alabama class 6A Final Four against Hillcrest that beat Austin High School to progress to the state championship; falling short to future college teammate Eric Bledsoe and Parker High School .
US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes NAME HOMETOWN HIGH SCHOOL / COLLEGE HEIGHT WEIGHT COMMIT DATE
DEMARCUS COUSINS PF / C Mobile, Alabama LeFlore 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (110 kg) Apr 9, 2009
RECRUITING STAR RATINGS : Scout : Rivals : 247Sports :
OVERALL RECRUITING RANKINGS: Scout : 2 (C); 3 (national); 1
(school) Rivals : 1 (PF); 2 (national)
* Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and
* "2009 Kentucky
Cousins with Kentucky in 2009.
Cousins first committed to Alabama-Birmingham on February 28, 2008, but never signed a letter of intent . Cousins decommitted from UAB and committed to Memphis on March 9, 2009. He reopened his recruitment after then Memphis coach John Calipari was hired at Kentucky. On April 7, 2009, Cousins decided to follow John Calipari to Kentucky. He signed his letter of intent on April 15. At Kentucky, Cousins averaged 15.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. Led by Cousins and John Wall , the Wildcats reached the Elite Eight of the 2010 NCAA Tournament .
YEAR TEAM GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Kentucky 38 38 23.5 .558 .167 .604 9.8 1.0 1.0 1.8 15.1
SACRAMENTO KINGS (2010–2017)
On April 7, 2010, Cousins announced that he would forgo his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2010 NBA draft , where he was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the fifth overall pick. On July 7, 2010, Cousins signed his rookie contract with the Kings, worth about $7 million for the first two years with a team option for the third and fourth years. Cousins was named the Rookie of the Month for July during the NBA Summer League . Cousins was also named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team at the end of the 2010–11 season.
On January 1, 2012, head coach
On January 5, 2012, Westphal was fired from the Kings, leading many to speculate that the head coach's tumultuous relationship with Cousins was a factor in his being replaced. On February 8, 2012, Cousins was selected to play in the Rising Stars Challenge . He played for Team Chuck , with a mix of rookies and sophomores.
On November 11, 2012, the league suspended Cousins for two games
without pay for confronting
San Antonio Spurs color commentator Sean
Elliott "in a hostile manner" after he criticized Cousins for
attempting to bully
On December 22, 2012, Cousins was suspended indefinitely from the
Kings, who accused him of "unprofessional behavior and conduct
detrimental to the team." The suspension was lifted on December 24,
2012. The season was up-and-down for Cousins, who posted career-highs
Player Efficiency Rating , field goal percentage, and free throw
percentage, but led the NBA with 16
Cousins with the Kings in December 2013
On September 30, 2013, Cousins signed a reported four-year, $62
million contract extension with the Kings. After signing the
contract, Cousins announced he would donate $1 million of his salary
to the families and community of Sacramento. He opened the season
with a 30-point, 14-rebound performance against the
On February 26, 2014, Cousins received a one-game suspension for punching Patrick Beverley in the stomach. On March 11, Cousins recorded a career-high 6 blocks, along with 13 points and 14 rebounds, in a 89-99 loss to the Detroit Pistons.
After averaging career-highs of 23.5 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks over the first 15 games of the season, Cousins was diagnosed with viral meningitis on December 7, 2014. He subsequently missed 10 games with the virus and showed no signs of a let up in his return to action on December 18 against the Milwaukee Bucks as he recorded 27 points and 11 rebounds in the 107–108 loss.
On January 30, 2015, Cousins was named to replace the injured Kobe
Bryant as a Western Conference All-Star in the 2015
On April 1, 2015, Cousins recorded his second career triple-double
with 24 points, 21 rebounds, 10 assists, 6 blocks and 3 steals in a
111–115 loss to the Houston Rockets. In doing so, he became just
the fourth player in NBA history to collect 20+ points, 20+ rebounds,
10+ assists and 5+ blocks in a single game, joining Kareem
Chris Webber and
On October 28, 2015, Cousins recorded 32 points and 13 rebounds, as well as 4-of-5 three-pointers, in a season opening loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Cousins had hit just four three-pointers in his previous 167 games and had never hit more than four in an entire season. After missing four games with an Achilles injury between November 3–7, Cousins returned to action on November 9 and recorded 21 points and 12 rebounds in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Cousins went 4-of-5 from three-point range for a second time on November 11, finishing the game with 33 points to help the Kings defeat the Detroit Pistons 101–92. Two days later, he scored a season-high 40 points in a 111–109 win over the Brooklyn Nets. On November 16, he was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, November 9 through Sunday, November 15. It was the third career Player of the Week award for Cousins, who led the Kings to a 3–1 record on the week.
On January 4, 2016, Cousins recorded 33 points and a season-high 19
rebounds in a 116–104 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. On
January 21, in a win over the Atlanta Hawks, he recorded 24 points and
15 rebounds for his ninth straight double-double and his 24th of the
season in 34 games. On January 23, he scored a career-high 48 points
in a 108–97 win over the Indiana Pacers. On January 25, he was
named Western Conference Player of the Week for a second time in
2015–16. He went on to top his career-high mark in emphatic fashion
that night, scoring 56 points in a 129–128 double overtime loss to
the Charlotte Hornets. His 56 points set a record for the 2015–16
season, and broke
Chris Webber 's franchise record of 51 points. On
January 28, he was named a Western Conference All-Star reserve for the
In the Kings' season opener on October 26, Cousins scored a game-high
24 points in a 113–94 win over the
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS (2017–PRESENT)
On February 20, 2017, Cousins and teammate
Omri Casspi were traded to
New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for
NBA CAREER STATISTICS
Cousins with Team USA in 2014.
GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
Field goal percentage
3-point field goal percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game BOLD Career high
YEAR TEAM GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Sacramento 81 62 28.5 .430 .167 .687 8.6 2.5 1.0 .8 14.1
2011–12 Sacramento 64 62 30.5 .448 .143 .702 11.0 1.6 1.5 1.2 18.1
2012–13 Sacramento 75 74 30.5 .465 .182 .738 9.9 2.7 1.4 .7 17.1
2013–14 Sacramento 71 71 32.4 .496 .000 .726 11.7 2.9 1.5 1.3 22.7
2014–15 Sacramento 59 59 34.1 .467 .250 .782 12.7 3.6 1.5 1.8 24.1
2015–16 Sacramento 65 65 34.6 .451 .333 .718 11.5 3.3 1.6 1.4 26.9
2016–17 Sacramento 55 55 34.4 .451 .356 .770 10.6 4.8 1.4 1.3 27.8
2016–17 New Orleans 17 17 33.8 .452 .375 .777 12.5 3.9 1.5 1.1 24.4
Career 487 465 32.0 .459 .330 .736 10.8 3.0 1.4 1.2 21.2
All-Star 3 0 10.4 .800 .500 .667 3.7 .3 .3 .0 9.3
NATIONAL TEAM CAREER
Cousins was a member of the United States national team that won the
gold medal at the 2014 FIBA
Cousins is the son of Monique and Jessie Cousins. He has four sisters and one brother, Jaleel , who is also a professional basketball player.
Cousins has two children, a son and a daughter.
* ^ Ricketts, Andrew; Whittaker, Lang (December 5, 2015). "This Is
Why Demarcus Cousins Is Commonly Referred To As \'Boogie\'".
Dime Magazine . Retrieved December 15, 2016.
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