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More trouble for DeMarcus Cousins

Just look at DeMarcus Cousins' numbers: 22.3 points per game, 11.5 rebounds, 1.59 steals, a 25.75 player efficiency rating (sixth in the NBA). And yet, all is not right for a player long known for behavior issues and a lack of defensive effort. His Sacramento Kings, as expected, are battling with the Los Angeles Lakers to stay out of the basement in the Western Conference (they're 20-37 through Thursday). And, on Thursday, Cousins was hit with a one-game suspension and $20,000 fine after he hit the Houston Rockets' Patrick Beverly and later went ballistic on a referee in a game Tuesday. To his credit, Cousins apologized on Twitter and certainly is having the best season of his career. But questions still swirl despite the big man having inked a four-year, $62 million deal with Sacramento in the offseason.

What do you make of DeMarcus Cousins being suspended one game and fined $20,000 for punching Patrick Beverly in the stomach and other transgressions?

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  • Which is the bigger issue for DeMarcus Cousins?

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  • Would you want DeMarcus Cousins on your favorite team?

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  • When will the Kings next make the playoffs?

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When should coaches rip players?

Does ripping the players in public work for a coach? We might find out soon. Monday night, Kings coach Mike Malone, frustrated after a turnover-fueled loss to the Pelicans, called out his players and named names. He wasn't alone: Nets coach Jason Kidd told the media his team is "comfortable with losing" after they were blown out by the Pacers. The Kings and Nets are struggling for different reasons, but it remains to be seen if challenging the players in public will lead to better results.

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  • How important is it for a coach to be media-savvy?

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  • Which league's athletes have the thinnest skin when it comes to taking criticism?

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Raptors trade Rudy Gay to Kings

Less than a year after acquiring Rudy Gay from the Memphis Grizzlies, the Toronto Raptors reportedly have shipped him westward, sending the prolific scorer to the Sacramento Kings in a seven-player deal that brings role players -- and a lot of future salary relief -- north of the border. This appears to be a bold move for the Kings under new ownership, and a pragmatic one for first-year Raptors GM Masai Ujiri. Which team wins the trade?

  • Which team wins the reported seven-player trade between the Raptors and Kings?

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  • Which franchise is in better shape?

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  • How do you view Rudy Gay as a player?

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  • When will the Kings next make the playoffs?

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NBA 5-on-5: Sacramento Kings

The Kings are a young team led by a first-year head coach, but will youthfulness be more helpful or harmful to a team looking to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-06 season? Will DeMarcus Cousins prove to be worth the big extension he received in September? What can we expect from this year's seventh overall pick Ben McLemore? The NBA 5-on-5 guys had their say, and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in.

What grade would you give the Kings' offseason?

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  • Which of these is the biggest question facing the Kings this season?

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  • Who is the Kings' most intriguing player?

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  • Which of these bold predictions for the Kings is most likely to come true?

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There's no question that the NBA has become a young man's game. Basketball fans see it night-in and night-out when the Thunder's high-scoring duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook or the Rockets' James Harden and Jeremy Lin take the court. It's also noticeable in the high-flying dunks and sweet passing that members of the Cavaliers and Pelicans are capable of. Which team has the best young talent? NBA Insider Amin Elhassan had his say, and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in! Mouse over the team logos to view each team's under-25 players, then click to set your rankings!

Rank 'Em: Point guards | Shooting guards | Power forwards | Centers

NBA teams under-25 talent

76ers

76ers

Lavoy Allen (24)
James Anderson (24)
Michael Carter-Williams (21)
Justin Holiday (24)
Arsalan Kazemi (23)
Arnett Moultrie (22)
Nerlens Noel (19)
Tim Ohlbrecht (24)
Evan Turner (24)
Royce White (22

Bobcats

Bobcats

Bismack Biyombo (20)
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (19)
Jeff Taylor (24)
Kemba Walker (23)
Cody Zeller (20)

Bucks

Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo (18)
John Henson (22)
Brandon Knight (21)
Khris Middleton (21)
Larry Sanders (24)
Nate Wolters (22)

Bulls

Bulls

Jimmy Butler (23)
Erik Murphy (22)
Derrick Rose (24)
Tony Snell (21)
Marquis Teague (20)

Cavaliers

Cavaliers

Anthony Bennett (20)
Carrick Felix (22)
Kyrie Irving (21)
Sergey Karasev (19)
Tristan Thompson (22)
Dion Waiters (21)
Tyler Zeller (23)

Celtics

Celtics


Avery Bradley (22)
MarShon Brooks (24)
Jordan Crawford (24)
Colton Iverson (24)
Fab Melo (23)
Kelly Olynyk (22)
Phil Pressey (22)
Jared Sullinger (21)

Clippers

Clippers

Reggie Bullock (22)
Blake Griffin (24)
Byron Mullens (24)
Maalik Wayns (22)

Grizzlies

Grizzlies

Jerryd Bayless (24)
Ed Davis (24)
Jamaal Franklin (22)
Kosta Koufos (24)
Jon Leuer (24)
Willie Reed (23)
Tony Wroten (20)

Hawks

Hawks

Jared Cunningham (22)
John Jenkins (22)
Shelvin Mack (23)
Mike Muscala (22)
Lucas Nogueira (21)
Dennis Schroeder (19)

Heat

Heat

Norris Cole (24)
James Ennis (23)

Jazz

Jazz

Trey Burke (20)
Alec Burks (22)
Derrick Favors (22)
Rudy Gobert (21)
Gordon Hayward (23)
Enes Kanter (21)

Kings

Kings

DeMarcus Cousins (22)
Jimmer Fredette (24)
Ray McCallum (22)
Ben McLemore (20)
Patrick Patterson (24)
Isaiah Thomas (24)

Knicks

Knicks

Tim Hardaway Jr (21)
C.J. Leslie (22)
Iman Shumpert (23)
Jeremy Tyler (22)

Lakers

Lakers

Ryan Kelly (22)
Robert Sacre (24)

Magic

Magic

Maurice Harkless (20)
Tobias Harris (21)
Doron Lamb (21)
E'Twaun Moore (24)
Andrew Nicholson (23)
Kyle O'Quinn (23)
Victor Oladipo (21)
Romero Osby (23)
Nikola Vucevic (22)

Mavericks

Mavericks

Jae Crowder (23)
Shane Larkin (20)
Ricky Ledo (20)

Nets

Nets

Mason Plumlee (23)
Toko Shengelia (21)
Tyshawn Taylor (23)

Nuggets

Nuggets

Kenneth Faried (23)
Evan Fournier (20)
Danilo Gallinari (24)
Jordan Hamilton (22)
J.J. Hickson (24)
Quincy Miller (20)
Anthony Randolph (24)

Pacers

Pacers

Paul George (23)
Solomon Hill (22)
Orlando Johnson (24)
Lance Stephenson (22)

Pelicans

Pelicans

Al-Farouq Aminu (22)
Anthony Davis (20)
Tyreke Evans (23)
Eric Gordon (24)
Jrue Holiday (23)
Pierre Jackson (21)
Darius Miller (23)
Austin Rivers (21)
Jeff Withey (23)

Pistons

Pistons

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (20)
Andre Drummond (19)
Brandon Jennings (23)
Tony Mitchell (21)
Greg Monroe (23)
Peyton Siva (22)

Raptors

Raptors

Quincy Acy (22)
Dwight Buycks (24)
DeMar DeRozan (24)
Terrence Ross (22)
Jonas Valanciunas (21)

Rockets

Rockets

Isaiah Canaan (22)
Robert Covington (22)
James Harden (23)
Terrence Jones (21)
Jeremy Lin (24)
Donatas Motiejunas (22)
Chandler Parsons (24)
Greg Smith (22)
BJ Young (20)

Spurs

Spurs

Cory Joseph (21)
Kawhi Leonard (22)
Patty Mills (24)
Deshaun Thomas (21)

Suns

Suns

Michael Beasley (24)
Eric Bledsoe (23)
Archie Goodwin (18)
Malcolm Lee (23)
Alex Len (20)
Kendall Marshall (21)
Markieff Morris (23)
Marcus Morris (23)
Miles Plumlee (24)

Thunder

Thunder

Steven Adams (20)
Kevin Durant (24)
Serge Ibaka (23)
Reggie Jackson (23)
Grant Jerrett (20)
Perry Jones III (21)
Jeremy Lamb (21)
Daniel Orton (23)
Andre Roberson (21)
Russell Westbrook (24)

Timberwolves

Timberwolves

Lorenzo Brown (22)
Gorgui Dieng (23)
Kevin Love (24)
Shabazz Muhammad (20)
Ricky Rubio (22)
Alexey Shved (24)
Derrick Williams (22)

Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers

Will Barton (22)
Nicolas Batum (24)
Victor Claver (24)
Allen Crabbe (21)
Meyers Leonard (21)
Damian Lillard (23)
C.J. McCollum (21)
Thomas Robinson (22)

Warriors

Warriors

Harrison Barnes (21)
Kent Bazemore (24)
Festus Ezeli (23)
Draymond Green (23)
Nemanja Nedovic (22)
Klay Thompson (23)

Wizards

Wizards

Bradley Beal (20)
Otto Porter Jr. (20)
Glen Rice Jr. (22)
Kevin Seraphin (23)
Chris Singleton (23)
Jan Vesely (23)
John Wall (22)

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