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How will Demarcus Cousins help the Lakers?

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The former Kentucky big and NBA All-Star DeMarcus Cousins will be reuniting with former Pelicans teammate Anthony Davis on the Lakers next year. The recipe worked out quite well in 2017 as the tandem posted huge stat lines.

  • Davis: 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.6 blocks
  • Cousins: 25.2 points, 12,9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 blocks

But with Cousins’ injury history and LeBron James added to the mix, is there any way for that success to be replicated this year?

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated’s Open Floor podcast seem hesitant to think so.

After receiving an email asking if Boogie playing center will allow Davis to flourish at power forward, Sharp had this to say:

“I don’t know whether Boogie is going to be a plus or a minus. I’m not sure there’s much in between, honestly. He’s going to play because he’s DeMarcus Cousins and that will either help the Lakers or he might be the type of guy who is getting minutes in the same way that [Rajon] Rondo got minutes last year… because of his name and because of his standing in the league. And the Lakers may be more productive with him on the bench, and I don’t know whether he’s willing to embrace that role at this point his career.”

Golliver asserts that last season with the Warriors, Cousins was a luxury, whereas this year with the Lakers he is a necessity.

“I think the Lakers are going to be more desperate for his production, like more willing to kind of force him into situations to get something out of them than the Warriors ever were. And I’m not sure they’re going to like the results, so then it’s going to kind of come due at some point where it’s like, ‘All right man, you’re out there, you’re turning the ball over a lot, you can’t move on defense, you’re not the guy you were two years ago, you’re getting re-injured or whatever else it might be.'”

Interestingly enough, Davis has been vocal in his desire to only play power forward.

“I like playing the four, I’m not even going to sugarcoat it. I like playing the four, I don’t really like playing the five,” Davis said at his introductory press conference.

Enter DeMarcus Cousins: a center Davis has played with and succeeded with before. “We wanted to make sure to honor what Anthony asked for when we traded for him: To get some fives that he could play with,” said Lakers owner Rob Pelinka.

But Golliver doesn’t buy it. He even says Boogie could hurt Davis’ game.

“I don’t think that Boogie’s actual presence on the court is going to be that helpful to Davis, because I think Davis is better off having fewer bodies in the paint. And I think that at times, because they both put up such huge numbers in New Orleans, people thought that was like a really good, really functional combination. I don’t think it was ever that good of a pairing. It always seemed just kind of awkward to me, and you throw the LeBron factor on top of it, where Cousins is never going to be able to get the numbers he wants to get because LeBron is going to have the ball so much. … I think the best version of Davis involves Cousins watching from the sidelines, waving a towel, getting excited because LeBron just threw him an alley up and the paint was empty because there were no other bodies in there. ”

Those are some strong words, BBN. What do you all think?

Check out the rest of the transcript here.

Article written by Ty Schadt

10 Comments for How will Demarcus Cousins help the Lakers?

  1. StuckinLville
    5:09 pm July 14, 2019 Permalink

    Dude is gonna look dumb as the season goes on

    • J. Did
      5:58 pm July 14, 2019 Permalink

      We will hold you to that comment there, young fella.

      Cerebral or foolish.

  2. Smyrna_Cat
    5:11 pm July 14, 2019 Permalink

    Haters gonna hate. It is the only way they know to write.

  3. BlueBanker18
    5:12 pm July 14, 2019 Permalink

    If anybody has the drive to come back better than he was before getting injured, it’s Boogie. That’s cool though, national outlets are always sleeping on Kentucky players. Nothing new.

  4. IrishCat
    5:20 pm July 14, 2019 Permalink

    Right, b/c anyone who’s ever watched Demarcus play knows he just camps in the paint on offense… I don’t think this guy actually watched too many NOLA games in 2017, many W’s games last year, or many games Boogie has played in since high school, frankly.

  5. BBNJeffrey
    5:21 pm July 14, 2019 Permalink

    Why don’t they think James can’t play the 3 or the 1 for that matter. It seems to me the biggest part they are giving up is shooting!!!

  6. J. Did
    6:21 pm July 14, 2019 Permalink

    Boogie slacked when he was injured.

    When Boogie is healthy, he’s Boogie….Dominant!

    • Smyrna_Cat
      8:16 pm July 14, 2019 Permalink

      Not sure I would say he “slacked” … he was just injured and couldn’t play at the highest level.

  7. Tom Bombadil
    8:00 pm July 14, 2019 Permalink

    I think its going to be a big and strong Laker starting 5. I also think Gulliver did not travel and watch Boogie at all these past 9 years and will be looking stupid very soon! Go Cats! BBN

  8. rdcore2
    8:41 am July 15, 2019 Permalink

    People are idiots. Guy is getting penalized because he tore his Achilles and pushed harder than most for a comeback. Then tore his quad and wanted to play in the championship with one leg. Sounds like an awful teammate just sacrificing his body on a contract year coming up so he can throw up 15/10 for an injury riddled team. You all don’t deserve cousins