DeMarcus Cousins Just Delivered One of the Greatest Fantasy Performances Ever
Last night, Cousins posted a stat line so absurd it caught everyone's attention -- including the best player in the world:
Yo @boogiecousins chill out man!! Sheesh!!! Super sick stat line
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 23, 2018
In the history of the game, only four other players have ever put up 40-point, 20-rebound, 10-assist triple-double -- Elgin Baylor, Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain (who did it six times). The most recent of that bunch was Abdul-Jabbar in 1972 -- yep, 46 years ago.
Peep the highlights from Boogie's big night:
So, how did Cousins' absurd production translate to daily fantasy numbers? His 97.8 fantasy points (8.5 points per every $1,000 in salary based on last night's cost) is the second-greatest performance in FanDuel history (behind his current teammate, Anthony Davis). Below are the top-five single-game fantasy outings in the FanDuel era (2009 to present), including Joel Embiid's historic game from earlier this season:
And, if we add in every performance since 2001, Boogie's Monday night effort would rank fourth all-time in fantasy production. Coincidentally, his big game came on the 12th anniversary of Kobe Bryant's legendary 81-point game, which checks in at number-two on the all-time list:
Maybe even crazier is that this isn't some anomaly for Cousins. After last night, Boogie is also now the first player with three 40-point, 20-rebound games in a single season since Moses Malone in 1981-82. Through 46 games this campaign, Cousins is also averaging career-highs in minutes (36.5 per game), rebounds (12.9), assists (5.2), three-point makes and attempts (2.2-6.2) and steals (1.6), and he's already posted 12 games of at least 20 points and 15 rebounds.
Like LeBron said: "Sheesh!!!"