DeMarcus Cousins embracing mentorship role

Sacramento Kings player DeMarcus Cousins says he's happy to take on a mentorship role for younger team players this NBA season. "We're going to need these young guys this season."
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Sacramento Kings player DeMarcus Cousins says he's happy to take on a mentorship role for younger team players this NBA season. "We're going to need these young guys this season."
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Roster at a glance

By Jason Jones

jejones@sacbee.com

October 21, 2016 11:16 PM

ARRON

AFFLALO

GUARD, NO. 40

Height/weight: 6-foot-5, 210 pounds

Age: 31

Experience: Nine years

Prior to NBA: UCLA

Key 2015-16 stat: Shot 38.2 percent from 3-point range.

Comment: Kings need stability at shooting guard and hope Afflalo can be solid while young players develop.

MATT BARNES

FORWARD, NO. 22

Height/weight: 6-7, 226

Age: 36

Experience: 13 years

Prior to NBA: UCLA

Key 2015-16 stat: Shot a career-high 80.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Comment: Veteran expected to add toughness and an edge on the defensive end.

OMRI CASSPI

FORWARD, NO. 18

Height/weight: 6-9, 225

Age: 28

Experience: Seven years

Prior to NBA: Israel

Key 2015-16 stat: Shot a career-high 40.9 percent on 3-pointers.

Comment: Thanks to his outside shooting and ability to move without the ball, Casspi is an asset in the new offense.

WILLIE

CAULEY-STEIN

CENTER, NO. 00

Height/weight: 7-0, 240

Age: 23

Experience: One year

Prior to NBA: Kentucky

Key 2015-16 stat: Shot 56.3 percent from the field as a rookie.

Comment: Kings need Cauley-Stein to step up his defensive intensity and versatility.

DARREN

COLLISON

GUARD, NO. 7

Height/weight: 6-0, 175

Age: 29

Experience: Seven years

Prior to NBA: UCLA

Key 2015-16 stat: Shot a career-high 48.6 percent from the field in averaging 14.0 points.

Comment: With Rajon Rondo’s departure, Collison will regain his starting job after his eight-game suspension.

DeMARCUS COUSINS

FORWARD/CENTER, NO. 15

Height/weight: 6-11, 270

Age: 26

Experience: Six years

Prior to NBA: Kentucky

Key 2015-16 stat: Made 70 3-pointers after sinking just 11 in his first five seasons.

Comment: Two-time All-Star and Olympic gold medalist desperately wants to add the playoffs to his résumé.

RUDY GAY

FORWARD, NO. 8

Height/weight: 6-8, 230

Age: 30

Experience: 10 years

Prior to NBA: Connecticut

Key 2015-16 stat: Averaged 17.2 points, lowest since his rookie season.

Comment: New coach Dave Joerger’s offense should give Gay the freedom to score he didn’t have last season.

KOSTA KOUFOS

CENTER, NO. 41

Height/weight: 7-0, 265

Age: 27

Experience: Eight years

Prior to NBA: Ohio State

Key 2015-16 stat: Averaged 5.4 rebounds in just 19.0 minutes per game.

Comment: Reliable big man who should help ease the transition for Joerger, who coached Koufos in Memphis.

SKAL LABISSIERE

FORWARD, NO. 3

Height/weight: 6-11, 225

Age: 20

Experience: Rookie

Prior to NBA: Kentucky

Key 2015-16 stat: Averaged 6.6 points for the Wildcats as a freshman.

Comment: Skilled player and rookie likely will be in the rotation to start season.

TY LAWSON

GUARD, NO. 10

Height/weight: 5-11, 195

Age: 28

Experience: Seven years

Prior to NBA: North Carolina

Key 2015-16 stat: Posted several career lows, most noticeably 5.7 points per game.

Comment: Hoping to put off-court problems behind him and return to being among the best point guards in the league.

BEN McLEMORE

GUARD, NO. 23

Height/weight: 6-5, 195

Age: 23

Experience: Three years

Prior to NBA: Kansas

Key 2015-16 stat: Averaged a career-low 21.2 minutes during a season in which he was the subject of trade rumors.

Comment: He seems more confident with a new coaching staff and looks to become a big part of the rotation.

GEORGE PAPAGIANNIS

CENTER, NO. 13

Height/weight: 7-0, 240

Age: 19

Experience: Rookie

Prior to NBA: Greece

Key 2015-16 stat: Averaged 6.4 points (on 67.8 percent shooting) for Panathinaikos in Greece.

Comment: Barring injuries to regulars, young big man from Greece will do a lot of watching.

MALACHI RICHARDSON

GUARD, NO. 5

Height/weight: 6-6, 205

Age: 20

Experience: Rookie

Prior to NBA: Syracuse

Key 2015-16 stat: Made 79 3-pointers, third most by a freshman in Syracuse history.

Comment: Team’s depth on the perimeter could keep Richardson on the bench during his rookie season.

GARRETT

TEMPLE

GUARD, NO. 17

Height/weight: 6-6, 195

Age: 30

Experience: Six years

Prior to NBA: LSU

Key 2015-16 stat: Averaged a career-high 7.3 points last season.

Comment: Added as a free agent to provide versatility, he could play both guard spots and small forward.

ANTHONY TOLLIVER

FORWARD, NO. 43

Height/weight: 6-8, 240

Age: 31

Experience: Eight years

Prior to NBA: Creighton

Key 2015-16 stat: Played in a career-high 72 games with Detroit last season.

Comment: His 3-point shooting should help the Kings space the floor.