DeMarcus Cousins was born August 13, 1990.
Born in Mobile, Alabama, Cousins attended LeFlore Magnet High School, where he was named a McDonald's All-American.
Ranked as the second best player in the country, Cousins committed to Kentucky and averaged 15.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks as a freshman. He helped lead the Wildcats to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.
Cousins declared for the draft and was selected fifth overall by the Sacramento Kings.
In the NBA, Cousins quickly developed a reputation of being difficult to control and a locker room problem. Despite these issues, Cousins stilled managed to be productive, averaging 14.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game, earning him a spot on the All-Rookie First Team.
In his sophomore season, the attitude issues continued, as Cousins led the league in technical fouls, earning him multiple suspensions from the league and the Kings alike. He still managed improve his on-the-court performance, averaging 18.1 points, 11 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.
Cousins' attitude problems largely followed him around until just this past season, where he managed to stay more under the radar than usual. This also led to him recording career-highs in almost every category, recording 24.1 points, 12.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks.
This career year lead to Cousins being named to his first All-Star Team and even garnered him a sport on the All-NBA Second Team.