Kings coach calls DeMarcus Cousins NBA’s best big man

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DeMarcus Cousins is dominating.

He’s averaging 23.5 points, 12.6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. If you’ve been paying attention, you should have seen this monster production coming, but that doesn’t diminish how incredible Cousins has been this season.

Kings coach Michael Malone had some pretty high praise for his center.

Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee:

I wouldn’t expect Malone to pick anyone else as the NBA’s best big man. As he noted, he’s biased.

But Malone didn’t have to address the issue. He could have deflected the question.

Instead, he chose to bring more attention to Cousins, and that’s what interests me. Cousins hasn’t always handled everything well while in the NBA limelight, and in what seems like it will be his first All-Star season, he’s getting even more attention.

It would have been reasonable for Malone to downplay expectations and keep pressure off Cousins. But this endorsement shows an implicit trust in the 24-year-old Cousins’ maturity.

And for the record, Anthony Davis is the NBA’s best big man.