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Cousins injury is important reminder for how OKC Thunder handle upcoming season

This past week DeMarcus Cousins went down with his third injury to the same leg in less than two years. That injury served as an important reminder to the OKC Thunder on how important minutes allotment and offcourt conditioning is. This is especially true this season with at least two players the Thunder will be desirous of trading and both of whom have a history of injury.

Over the course of a players career in the National Basketball Association, they will pass through different stages. Typically we separate players careers into three tiers. From a players rookie season through the first few seasons they are in the development phase.