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A wise man once described him as one of the Kings’ most important defenders. That wise man has the sixth most wins in NBA history, and is about to surpass Phil Jackson to get into the top five.
The player he is referring to is Kings’ center Kosta Koufos, a product of Canton GlenOak High School and Ohio State.
Although Koufos is in his first season donning purple and black, it isn’t his first time playing for head coach George Karl.
The two first teamed up in Denver when Koufos was traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the Carmelo Anthony trade. They would have two full seasons together in the mile-high city, and would go 95-53 during that time.
In two seasons in Denver, the Nuggets would rank third and fifth offensively in the NBA respectively. In his two subsequent seasons in Memphis, the Grizzlies would rank seventh and fourth in the league on defense.
It comes as no surprise that Koufos’ own performances echo that of his teams.