DeMarcus Cousins is the force behind the Kings’ 5-1 start

DeMarcus Cousins

has yet to be whistled for a technical this season. Sure, it’s only been six games, but Cousins set a goal of being tagged with five or fewer technicals this season — and he’s following through. His new-found maturity is certainly playing a role in the improved Boogie Cousins, but there’s more to his play this season than a subdued attitude.

Cousins and the are off to a surprising 5-1 start thanks to an improved defense and a noticeable toughness and confidence on both sides of the court. Darren Collison has been a great addition so far while Rudy Gay has done what’s expected of him and Ben McLemore has shown flashes. For Cousins, though, he’s stepping up in more ways than one to lead the Kings to a fast start.

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