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Only One Player Is In The Top 20 For All 5 Main Stat Categories, And It's Not Who You Think


When it comes to the NBA, not many players can lay claim to the title of being a 'jack-of-all-trades'.

The obvious name that springs to mind is LeBron James for starters, who seems to be a triple-double threat night in and night out. 2016 MVP Russell Westbrook and 2017 MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo are also names that pop up in conversation when debating who is the most versatile player in the league today.

But a position that is rarely considered versatile is the center position. In fact, more often than not, the five is thought of as a one- or two-trick pony, especially with the rise of the athletic, rebounding center with little to no post moves.

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But a big man who is breaking that mold, and leading the resurgence of skilled big men is DeMarcus Cousins of the New Orleans Pelicans, and it's not hard to see why.

Cousins, even while playing along with fellow All-Star Anthony Davis, is the only player in the league to be ranked among the top 20 in all five major statistical categories -- that is, points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals per game.

DMC is averaging 28.9 points per game, good for fifth in the league, 13.6 rebounds (3rd), 5.8 assists (19th), 1.91 blocks (5th), and 1.73 steals per contest (tied 12th)

You may be surprised to not see the likes of the Greek Freak joining Cousins in this achievement, but not even Antetokounmpo is having as good an all-around year as DeMarcus is.

You won't be surprised to learn, however, that Cousins is currently leading the league in minutes played, averaging 38.3 a game, and with the Pelicans currently sitting at 6-6 on the season, even with the outstanding play from Boogie, he may need to play closer to 40 minutes a game if NOLA want to make the post-season this year.