With the NBA season rapidly approaching here is a breakdown of the Top 5 centers in the NBA:
April 14, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) in action against the Houston Rockets in the first quarter at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
5. DeMarcus Cousins
2012-2013 per-game statistics: 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 0.7 blocks, 20.21 PER
Athletically, DeMarcus Cousins is among the best in the NBA. The Sacramento King would be higher on this list if it wasn’t for his off-court issues. His skills and talent out of the center position is very impressive. Cousins has the ability to put the ball on the floor and throw it down in a Blake Griffin-esk manner. No other center in the league has the ability to go coast to coast the way this former Kentucky Wildcat can. He anticipates well defensively and has improved from the free throw line every season, this past year shooting 74 percent. Often overlooked among elite players because he plays for a below average team, Cousins’ game looks like it is only going to get better.