DeMarcus Cousins Wins Finals MVP In Taiwan League

DeMarcus Cousins, who played 11 seasons in the NBA, has won a championship in Taiwan's T1 League. Cousins was named MVP after leading the Taiwan Beer Leopards to defeat the Taipei Taishin Mars in a four-game sweep, as the former four-time NBA All-Star averaged 25.3 and 16.5 rebounds in the 2023-24 Taiwan T1 League Finals.

Former NBA player Dwight Howard, also played for the Taoyuan Leopards otherwise known as Taiwan Beer Leopards. The eight-time NBA All-Star, who won the Most Valuable Import Award when he played in Taiwan during the 2022-23 season, commented on his NBA counterpart's victory.

Howard appeared in 20 games for the Beer Leopards, averaging 23.2 points, 16.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.

With this in mind, the former fifth overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2010 NBA Draft has found success overseas after following in Howard's footsteps playing internationally. Cousins has played a total of 14 games in Taiwan, averaging 24.0 points, 14.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.6 blocks.

Howard, 38, and Cousins, 33, are not done playing their basketball careers. That is to say, Howard has just recently signed a deal with the Taiwan Mustangs for the 2024 season, and he will also be part-owner of both the franchise and the league.

Howard and Cousins may continue to pave the way for current and former NBA players to play overseas in Asia, as has been done in the past by many greats such as: Tracy McGrady (25.0 ppg in CBA- Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles), Stephon Marbury (19.9 ppg in CBA- Beijing Ducks), and J.R. Smith (34.4 ppg in CBA- Zhejiang Golden Bulls).

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