Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins thinks that he will win the MVP award this season.
Confidence is everything, right?
Cousins told Bleacher Report that winning the MVP wasn’t just something that’s a possibility, but claimed “it’s mine to grab.”
Let’s look at the facts: Cousins is undeniably a top-three center in the league. At 25-years-old, the 6-11, 270 pound big man is known for bruising opposing defenders with his power and tenacity in the paint.
Statistically among the NBA’s centers, he ranked first in scoring (24.1 points per game), third in rebounding (12.7 rpg), and tied for second in overall games with a double double last season (47).
Impressive? Without a doubt. But does he have what it takes to be crowned NBA MVP?
To win an MVP, your team must be at least a top-three seed heading into the playoffs.
In fact, the last time that a player was awarded MVP on a team lower than a third seed was the late, great Moses Malone in 1982 (sixth seeded Houston Rockets) — the same year that Michael Jackson released Thriller, just to give you an idea of how long ago that was.
Malone also averaged 31.1 points and 14.7 rebounds that year.
Since then, there hasn’t been an MVP award winner from a team with fewer than 50 wins (excluding lockouts).
The Kings haven’t had a 30-win season since 2008 and, although they had an impressive offseason, won’t be anywhere near the top of the Western Conference come playoff time.
So to put it simply — the MVP award isn’t for Cousins to grab.
Instead, guys like Steph Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant and LeBron James will be looking to lead their teams to a top-spot in their conferences, likely earning MVP honors in the process.