SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento Kings’ President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie today announced that the team has suspended center DeMarcus Cousins indefinitely for unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.
Cousins, currently in his third NBA season, is averaging a team-high 16.6 points (.414 FGs, .200 3FGs, .769 FTs), 9.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.35 steals per game through 23 contests.
After a first-quarter kerfuffle with head coach Keith Smart in the Kings' Friday-night loss to the Clippers, Cousins was benched for the second half.
“We're trying to set a standard for all of our players,” Smart said after the game. ”And all of our guys that are here (know that). And when guys don't fall in line to that, we've got to move on, we've got to move forward.”
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With the No. 34 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Kings selected the 2016-17 Player of the Year in point gaurd Frank Mason III.
Mason averaged 20.9 points and 5.2 assists per game as a senior at Kansas.
The Kings wrapped up the 2017 NBA Draft with point guard De'Aaron Fox at No. 5, small forward Justin Jackson at No. 15, power forward Harry Giles at No. 20 and Mason at No. 34.
The Kings again picked three times in the first round of the NBA Draft. At No. 20 overall, Sacramento selected power forward Harry Giles out of Duke.
Giles averaged 3.9 points in 26 games as a freshman at Duke.
The 6-foot-10 19-year-old has a long history of knee injuries but was the top recruit coming out of high school by many rankings systems.
The Kings also own the No. 34 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
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