Centers in the NBA are traditionally awkward creatures. They’ve got the power to dunk over most guys, block most shots and box out 7-footers, but aren’t necessarily the most nimble or agile of athletes, save unicorns like Anthony Davis and rookie Karl Anthony-Towns.
DeMarcus Cousins clearly wants to be added to that short list.
The Kings center has used much of his 2015-2016 campaign to prove that he could arguably be the game’s best center, and with per game averages of 26 points and 12 rebounds, there isn’t actually much of an argument. Though a terribly timed losing streak earlier this year all but killed the Kings chances of qualifying for the playoffs, Cousins continues to play hard, and in his first game back following a one-game suspension, he didn’t hesitate to put on a show.
Watch above as Cousins, a 6’11” center puts a wicked crossover on Utah’s Gordon Hayward, a decidedly more nimble 6’8″ forward. Hayward and the Jazz got the last laugh by a final score of 108-99, but even he probably appreciates highlights like this.