The Sacramento Kings may have lost to the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night, but star big man DeMarcus Cousins joined some elite company with his second consecutive triple-double:
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 4, 2015
Yeah, Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor is pretty fine company.
Cousins finished with 24 points, 20 rebounds and 13 assists, and he also added four blocks in a 101-95 loss. This came just two days after he had 24 points, 21 rebounds, 10 assists, six blocks and three steals in a 115-111 loss to the Houston Rockets. Sure, both of these monster performances came in losses, but that doesn’t take away how impressive they were.
Funny enough, both of these efforts came right after talk of possibly shutting down Cousins for the remainder of the season due to some nagging injuries. Based on how he has played the last two games, it sure seems like he’s plenty healthy.
This has been another rough season for the Kings, but Cousins has had a monster year. He’s averaging 24.1 points, 12.7 boards, 3.6 assists and 1.8 blocks on the year, all career highs. His shooting efficiency has come down a bit from last year (49.6 percent to 46.6 percent), but he’s getting to the line more than ever (9.2 free throw attempts per game) and knocking down his free throws at a career-high rate of 78.8 percent.
Now Sacramento just needs to build a team around Cousins and drag its way out of the depths of the Western Conference.