‘He’s the best big man in the game. Period’

Warriors stars show respect for DeMarcus Cousins.
by Stephanie Lovell

It’s pretty safe to say the Golden State Warriors know a thing or two about star power. So when it came to assessing the talent of Sacramento’s own DeMarcus Cousins, none of them held back on their praise for the Kings superstar.

“He’s incredible,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said of Cousins after last night’s contest at Golden 1 Center. “He is the best big man in the game hands down. And you know, (he’s) always interesting to watch, interesting to play against and interesting to play with. He’s so incredibly talented and skilled.”

In addition to Green, fellow Warriors star Kevin Durant was also quick to praise Cousins’ talents. Durant applauded Cousins’ versatility for making the game tough on opponents.

“He causes a really big matchup problem,” shared Durant, who won a gold medal alongside Cousins at last year’s Olympic Games. “(He’s) playing a lot on the perimeter, gets the ball in his hand all day, so (the Kings) trust him to make plays and he’s doing it. He’s having a great year.”

Two-time MVP Stephen Curry echoed his teammate’s sentiments. Curry, who teamed with Cousins in the last two All-Star games, called the Kings big man an “unbelievable talent.”

“He does some special things for his size and at the five position that not a lot of defenders know how to handle,” Curry said. “So he keeps you on his toes.”

This season so far, Cousins is averaging 28.1 points, 10 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. If he keeps up that pace, it would mark the third-straight year that Boogie leads the Kings in all three categories. His numbers along with the respect he’s garnered from players like Durant, Curry and Green make a compelling case for another All-Star invite.

“I mean he’s dominant,” Green added. “He’s an incredible player and he continues to get better year in and year out regardless of what credit people try and take from him or try not to necessarily give him.

“He’s the best five, he’s the best center, he’s the best big man in the game. Period.”

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