Though the Kings weren’t close to making the playoffs again this season, they were the only team in the NBA with three players who averaged at least 20 points.
So which one should be the team’s MVP?
Center DeMarcus Cousins averaged 22.7 points and 11.7 rebounds and shot 49.6 percent in the best season of his four-year career. But he also was called for 16 technical fouls, and the last one led to his suspension for Wednesday’s season finale. To his credit, he controlled his emotions much better in the season’s final two months than he had in his first three seasons, and he clearly wants to be the team’s leader.
Forward Rudy Gay, who came to the Kings with a reputation as a mediocre shooter, averaged more than 20 points and shot nearly 50 percent in 55 games. Most important, he’s the team’s best small forward since Peja Stojakovic left in 2006.
Point guard Isaiah Thomas had a breakout season, averaging more than 20 points and six assists. And he never was afraid to take a shot with the game on the line.
But when a team isn’t close to a .500 record, should any player be its MVP?
Maybe no one deserves to be the Kings’ honor until they can at least challenge for a playoff spot.
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