It was once believed that John Calipari was a point guard coach — that is, until DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns took the NBA by storm. The three former Wildcats are among the top big men in the entire league, and could become the top three big men in just a few years. It is close enough as it stands today.
The Sporting News recently caught up with the three NBA superstars, and John Calipari, in a story on Kentucky’s “brotherhood” of big men. If you don’t have anything important going on, you need to read it. And if you do have something important going on, put whatever that is on hold and read this story now.
Here’s a taste:
That brotherhood is putting up rarified success, too. In an increasingly small-ball-dominated NBA, Cousins, Davis and Towns were the only players in the NBA this season to average 18 points, 10 rebounds, and one blocked shot per game. They even combined to shoot 33.3 percent from the 3-point line on 405 attempts. That’s the offensive versatility that has many analysts ranking them at the top of their position.
Davis and Cousins are often talked about as top 15 NBA players, and Towns is well on his way. Still, of all the topics the three of them discuss together, they say this particular subject is not one of them.
“I didn’t even really think about it that way,” Cousins said. “I mean, we’re fortunate enough to be young, talented players. … I mean, at the big position, we’re probably – I think we’d be at the top of most people’s lists.” [The Sporting News]
(Feel free to send that excerpt to Marques Bolden.)
There’s plenty more in the lengthy piece that begins with the night Towns won the Taco Bell Skills Challenge at All-Star Weekend, then was immediately swarmed in celebration by Cousins and Davis, who also competed in the event.
Definitely check it all out here.