No, the point of this FanPost is not to advocate for getting rid of DeMarcus Cousins. Rather, I intend to focus in on one area in which Cousins isn't very good and point out small changes that could make a big difference.
|DMC in 2012-2013||Value||FG||FGA||FG%||3P||3PA||3P%||eFG%||Ast'd||%Ast'd|
Take a look at the chart above. If the glaring hole in Cousins' offensive game doesn't jump out at you, let me just point out that his favorite type of shot (the Jump Shot) is also the type of shot that he is the worst at. Worst still, is that this is not a one season anomaly because throughout his career Cousins has not had an eFG% above .333 on his jump shot.
My first reaction upon seeing this stat, was to advocate for Cousins never shooting a jump shot again. Of course, however ineffective his jump shot is, it is still an important part of his game and to ask Cousins to stop shooting his favorite shot is akin to asking Cousins to not be Cousins.
So instead, I decided to look into the effects that shooting less jump shots would have on Cousins FG% and TS%. I limited myself to only using percentages that left the jump shot as Cousins' most used shot and in my fictional stat world he doesn't increase any other type of shot, he merely doesn't shoot as many jump shots.
|Jump Shots Made||Jump Shots Taken||FG%||TS%|
|Real Info -->||156||530||.465||.524|
|% Less Jump Shots||New Jump Shots Made||New Jump Shots Taken||New FG%||New TS%|
Of course, his TS% would look even better if he found a way to increase the number of hook shots, layups, and even tip ins while not taking as many jump shots. That might be a little difficult, because those other shots are more situational than the jump shot. However, there is room for improvement with minimal change required.
* All real stats from basketball-reference.com