Boogity – Boogity – Boogity

In three games, DeMarcus Cousins continues to impress, albeit in the Summer League. The rookie from Kentucky is averaging 18.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.

Boogie’s been on a mission, three double-double’s in a row all while improving on his points production every game, scoring 14 in Game 1, 19 in Game 2 and 22 in Game 3.

Cousins big moment came last night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Down 1 point with under 16 seconds remaining, Cousins demanded the ball, received the pass on the left block, made a super dribble move to the middle throwing up a right-handed jump-hook from about 12 feet for the game winner. (VIDEOS – Cousins winning shot and post-game interview – click HERE)

This is the Cousins that Kentucky fans came to know, a young man who, like his teammate John Wall and Patrick Patterson, wants the ball in crunch time.  He’s not afraid to fail, make it or miss it, his confidence level allows his to remain calm in tough moments and make the plays when needed.

Cousins was selected as the No. 5 overall Draft pick, behind the likes of Evan Turner, Wesley Johnson and Derrick Favors. If you went by Summer League stats alone, New Jersey, Minnesota and Philadelphia are kicking themselves about now. It’s early and the competition at the Summer League isn’t the same as what Boogie will see when money time comes, but everyone is playing against similar quality of Players.

Here are the per game stat lines for Boogie and the three draft picks ahead of him |

  • #2 Pick – Evan Turner | 9.4 points | 5.6 rebounds | 1.6 steals | 2.8 assists | 27.4 minutes
  • #3 Pick – Derrick Favors | 10.6 points | 6.8 rebounds | 0.8 steals | 1.2 assists | 27.6 minutes
  • #4 Pick – Wesley Johnson | 10.0 points | 1.0 rebound | 0.0 steals | 0.0 assists | 22.0 minutes (1 game only)
  • #5 Pick – DeMarcus Cousins | 18.3 points | 11.3 rebounds | 2.0 steals | 3.0 assists | 30.7 minutes

In fairness to Johnson, he’s played only one game. Overall, there has been no comparison as Cousins is the King in EVERY category including steals and assists, a category Evan Turner should be dominating. I know, it’s Summer league, and there are always Players you can point too and say they had a horrible Summer league as a Rookie, but turned out to be a superstar. That may be true for Turner, Favors and Johnson, but if I’m a betting man, I’m going to ride the big shoulders of DeMarcus Cousins. I’ve watched him do it at Kentucky and only expect this young man to get better, in his ability, his stats and his trash talking.

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In other Kentucky Summer League news, Patrick Patterson was 3-7 from the field for 6 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 4 assists as the Rockets defeated the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night.

For the Summer League season, Patrick, the #14 Overall pick, averaged 9.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. Patrick had two games where he scored in double digit’s including an 18 point showing in his first game against Phoenix.

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JULY 15 SCHEDULE:

On tap tonight, we have the John Wall and Eric Bledsoe shows as Wall and his Washington Wizards will face the Dallas Mavericks at 8:00 PM and Bledsoe’s Clippers will face off against the Portland Trailblazers at 10:00 PM.

Bledsoe struggled last night, shooting 1-6 for a total of 4 points, grabbed 5 boards, had 2 assists and continued his turnover woes with 7, all in a crushing defeat at the hands of the Chicago Bulls, 79-50. I truly hope Eric can get out of the suck hole called the Clippers, but I don’t see it anywhere in his near future.

Wall has had two fantastic games, showing why he was the No. 1 Overall pick of the Draft. John is averaging 21.0 points per game, 1.5 rebounds and 9 assists, but is having the same problem as Eric as he has turned the ball over an average of 8.0 times per game.

Expect John and Eric both to correct the TO problem as they get used to the speed of the game and begin slowing their overall pace down.

Summer League schedule and results HERE.

Go Cats!!!

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