In five pre-season games, DeMarcus Cousins shot just 1-of-12 from 3-point land, an abysmal .083 shooting percentage. Not a good sign for the Sacramento Kings’ big man, who was given freedom to roam the hardwood by new head coach George Karl, instead of staying chained to the post.
Cousins admitted it would be a “process.” He told the Sacramento Bee that although he looked forward to having more freedom, “it’s just something I’ve got to adjust to and get used to.”
Then the regular season started. In his 2015-2016 debut, Cousins, clearly saving his makes for when the games counted, knocked down four of his five 3-point attempts, roaming around the 3-point line while Los Angeles Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan refused to come out and guard him. All of Cousins’ 3’s game from straight away, so it will be interesting to see if the Kings shift him into the corners once opposing teams realize they have to come out and guard him.
For now, though, it’s a cool example of how, no matter how long he’s been in the league or what he’s been doing for most of his career, an athlete can develop a new aspect of his game to help his team space the floor.