José Luis Villegas / jvillegas@sacbee.com

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins punched Houston’s Patrick Beverley in the stomach in the first quarter Tuesday night. The players have a history.

Poll

Who's the worst center during the King's Sacramento era?

Leading Off: Kings’ Cousins may be a royal pain, but he beats past duds

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 - 11:10 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 - 6:42 am

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

jdavidson@sacbee.com


Today’s poll

Who’s the worst center during the Kings’ Sacramento era ?

• Duane Causwell

• Pervis Ellison

• Joe Kleine

• Ralph Sampson

• Dwayne Schintzius

• Other

Vote above, or go to sacbee.com/sports


Wednesday’s results

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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