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?
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.'”
“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?