DeMarcus Cousins, Turnover Machine

DeMarcus Cousins has committed 47 turnovers in his last 10 games. That encompasses 293 minutes of action for the woeful Sacramento Kings, and includes a stirring eight-turnover, 25-minute night against the Chicago Bulls on Monday. As our Rohan Cruyff wrote on Monday, Cousins is not very efficient right now.

And while I (obviously) agree that the Kings have done a lousy job setting the rookie up for success, and while I have incredible hope for Cousins' future, there's still no escaping the amazing wonderment that comes with appreciating just how frequently Cousins makes an awful play.

With that said, here is a list of 24 players who have seen at least 1,000 minutes of play this season and have committed no more than 47 turnovers all year.

Ronnie Brewer: 1552 min., 47 turnovers
Nenad Krstic: 1,355 min., 43 turnovers
Sam Young: 1,300 min., 46 turnovers
Nick Collison: 1,280 min., 43 turnovers
Dante Cunningham: 1,267 min., 41 turnovers
Joel Anthony: 1,261 min., 30 turnovers
James Jones: 1,247 min., 16 turnovers
Ben Wallace: 1,230 min., 44 turnovers
Keith Bogans: 1,217 min., 33 turnovers
Carlos Delfino: 1,205 min., 47 turnovers
Ed Davis: 1,200 min., 30 turnovers
Matt Bonner: 1,167 min., 22 turnovers
Ryan Anderson: 1,160 min., 41 turnovers
Brendan Haywood: 1,140 min., 44 turnovers
Maurice Evans: 1,121 min., 22 turnovers
Brandon Roy: 1,093 min., 41 turnovers
Mickael Pietrus: 1,092 min., 39 turnovers
Francisco Garcia: 1,075 min., 35 turnovers
DeShawn Stevenson: 1,074 min., 42 turnovers
Shawne Williams: 1,058 min., 36 turnovers
Zydrunas Ilgauskas: 1,034 min., 46 turnovers
Kurt Thomas: 1,025 min., 38 turnovers
Anthony Tolliver: 1,017 min., 42 turnovers
Ronny Turiaf: 1,013 min., 36 turnovers

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As you may notice, there are a lot of defenders and roleplayers on that list. That speaks to the position the Kings have put Cousins in: a 20-year-old big man being asked to essentially run a crummy team, at least since 21-year-old guard Tyreke Evans has been out. I venture to say that if any of the big men on the list above were asked to run their team's offense, they'd have numbers closer to Cousins'.

In debt, as always, to Basketball-Reference.com.

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