Kings fans and employees may be dismayed by the antics of center DeMarcus Cousins, but they’ll likely continue to back him because he’s big, talented, engaging – and one of theirs.
Cousins is an All-Star in the making, his histrionics notwithstanding, and could become the best center in franchise history.
Vlade Divac holds that title, partly because he was a terrific teammate. Brad Miller and LaSalle Thompson were fan favorites because of their effort, too.
Mostly, though, the Kings have had one big-man project after another. Among them:
• Joe Kleine: The Kings’ first pick in the Sacramento era in 1985 often lamented after games, “I just didn’t have it.”
• Pervis Ellison: The No. 1 overall pick in 1989 played just 34 games before fussing his way out of town.
• Ralph Sampson: The former All-Star arrived via trade in 1989 with bad knees – he couldn’t run a lap in training camp – and an equally bad outlook.
• Duane Causwell: The first-round pick in 1990 averaged just 5.5 points in seven hard-to-stomach seasons.
• Dwayne Schintzius: Acquired for Antoine Carr in a lopsided deal in 1991, he was best known for his mullet.
Some others to forget: Randy Breuer, Marty Conlon, Rich Kelley, Ben Gillery, Spencer Hawes, Greg Ostertag and Jabari Smith.
– Joe Davidson
Who’s the worst center during the Kings’ Sacramento era ?
• Duane Causwell
• Pervis Ellison
• Joe Kleine
• Ralph Sampson
• Dwayne Schintzius
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Which would you most like to see become a national holiday ?
• Baseball Opening Day: 14%
• Super Bowl Monday: 31%
• March Madness openers: 4%
• World Series opener: 2%
• Boxing Day: 2%
• None: 47%
Total votes: 214
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