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SBNation: There are no good reasons to take Mason Plumlee over Demarcus Cousins

Photo by the NY Post

Photo by the NY Post

Photo by the NY Post

The news that Mason Plumlee would likely make the Team USA over Demarcus Cousins was pretty shocking. Seriously, Coach K is considering giving a roster spot to a rookie who averaged 7 points a game over a player with one of the league’s top 5 PER’s. Luckily, Satchel Price over at SBNation confirmed our sanity and wrote a nice piece explaining why this move would make no freaking sense. He begins the article by reviewing some of the arguments one could use to justify putting Plumlee over Cousins, then concludes with the following:

“Last season, Cousins was a force for Sacramento, averaging 22.7 points, 11.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.3 blocks per game. He was extremely efficient, too, with a 26.1 PER, .555 true shooting percentage and league-leading 30.5 percent defensive rebounding rate…

While Plumlee brings some unique traits to the table, including more lateral athleticism and a special bond with the head coach, any logical analysis of the situation says this would be a bad decision. Cousins is simply a better basketball player than Plumlee, without being redundant to other pieces on the roster.”

The final cuts will be announced later this month, so Coach K still has some time to regain his senses.

[Read full piece HERE]

 

Article written by Caleb Epley

Vanderbilt student, Kentucky fan. Skilled at using big words and telling bad jokes. Twitter: @CalebEpleyKSR

50 Comments for SBNation: There are no good reasons to take Mason Plumlee over Demarcus Cousins



  1. Willing
    2:30 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

    I’m willing to part with my UK season tickets. Lower bowl 50 yard line. The whole lot for $100.



    • Bottom Feeder
      2:39 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      You are one of the few smart UK fans.



    • I'll give you $50
      3:01 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      How many years are we expected to believe?



    • Jack
      3:14 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      I’ll take them “Willing”



    • JBCat
      3:24 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      Willing–Email address? … or contact me before you unload them!



    • Able
      4:48 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      Willing – you’re trying too hard. A good troll is a subtle troll.



    • Willing
      4:55 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      [email protected]

      Not a troll. Contact me



    • Declan A. McManus
      6:00 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      Willing. And. Giving up.

      You are a putz.



  2. Duke
    2:38 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

    Big Scuz will trade in his uniform for an orange jumpsuit one day. Mason is a good guy and Booger is a thug.



    • BAdams
      3:07 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      Where are your facts to back up this claim? Has Boogie been arrested? Ever been charged? Was he ever in trouble in college? Nope, dont think so. He’s a beast of a basketball player and one of the best bigs in the league. Also, I’m pretty sure a thug doesn’t dress up as Santa and take tons of kids to the store and let them buy up to $100 worth of whatever they want. So your claim that Mason is a good person and Boogie isn’t is just ridiculous. And just because you are a good person doesn’t make you a good basketball player. Boogie is head and shoulders better. After all, took him 4 years in the college to get to the league. Come with some real facts next time you Puke fan. How did that loss to Mercer taste? Shut up and go away.



    • We Know You
      6:00 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      You are a fool. Go back under your rock. Look at your life. Yes, pathetic.



  3. Han
    2:44 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

    Losing George changes the offensive output of the team. They definitely needs Cousins over Plumlee for scoring off the bench or to play alongside Davis if they need to go big.



  4. Seven Ate Nine
    2:52 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

    Two trolls in the first 5 comments. Actually it’s probably the same guy. Don’t worry dude, if you’re lucky UK will only beat your birds once this year in basketball.



  5. gordonm
    2:59 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

    Fans without websites come here to post. They just want someone to talk to. LONELY



    • Al
      3:01 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      I hope your wife gets HIV.



    • gordonm
      3:03 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      Don’t do “a wife” but do other wifes.



    • Dan
      3:06 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      Your mother getting cancer would be awesome too.



    • gordonm
      3:14 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      At 80+ my mom has beat cancer and just riding out her days. How about your MOM?
      You guys just proved my LONELY point.



    • gordonm
      3:16 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      That is my name. I don’t hide my true id.



    • bigbluetruth
      3:31 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      How come if you say something about Matt Jones being too liberal concerning something it doesn’t get posted, but these trolls can come on here and wish for someone to get HIV or cancer. Gotta be LOSERVILLE trolls, the reason they hate BIG CUZ so much is he stomped on the bird then he help kick that TURD ASS.



  6. Durrrrrrr
    3:06 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

    Love it Al. HAha



  7. Wow
    3:18 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

    Amazing people on here today. Wishing HIV, Cancer, and death to others. The world is getting worse and worse. Horrible people. All over nothing important.



    • gordonm
      3:26 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      The internet has become a Very sick place. Little (human) brother hood shown for a fellow human. The media with their tweets posts on tv only contributes.



    • JBCat
      3:30 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      UL fans, Wow. Some of them seriously have nothing better to do or nothing better to contribute to society…

      Have you ever been to PJCS or the Yum Center? If you wear blue or ID yourself as a UK fan—you have a great chance of being assaulted, hit with debris, spat on, poured urine on, or worse. They will start sh!t with your children too…



  8. bigbluetruth
    3:33 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

    You gotta 95% of them a break, they just got out of the joint and just acting as if they’re home.



  9. Charmed charge
    4:11 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

    If Cal was coach and had to choose from Randle or Parker who would he choose? The better player or the former player? Regardless of who he pick USA will kick but!!



    • Pistol Pete
      4:20 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      Your analogy was not very good. Randle and Parker are similar in their talent levels.Plumlee and Cousins are not. A better choice would have been a choice between Darius Miller and Parker.



  10. gordonm
    4:13 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

    Anyone wann take a run at my old mom?



    • gordonm
      5:14 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      Tell your mom how you was so funny on the internet.



    • gordonm's brother
      5:17 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      I might HUNT your ass down OP.



    • gordonm
      5:36 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      She needs lube though.



    • Troll
      5:41 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      You won’t do anything brother. Bring it.



  11. Jim 1
    4:34 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

    It appears to me that coach K will use his friends in the sports media to paint Big Cus as a trouble maker that will somehow divide his team, while he uses other avenues to justify picking Plumlee that will make his team more united. It would be so unfair for coach K to allow Cousin’s future to be tarnished just to satisfy his own Duke ego. I hope Coach Cal will get involved and come to the aid of Big Cus.

    There is nothing that will justify picking Plumlee over Cousins. Picking Cousins is a no brainer.



    • Whatever
      4:58 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      Please explain which team had the “so-called” better individual stats between the heat and the spurs?? Which team got stomped? What did the great numbers that Mello put up for New York help their lousy team?



    • hal
      7:55 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      ^^^^^^^ no one really cares he invited plumlee. but for him to actually make team usa over a top 10, production-wise nba player is odd (at best). i mean, c’mon, man, you just compared a plumlee to the spurs……



  12. M
    4:55 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

    Watching Plumlee in the first half was comical. He didn’t belong out there. He did play a little better in the third quarter. I was hoping Cousins would play harder on D during that match-up, but he didn’t. He’s still 20 X’s the player that Plumlee is. If not Cousins, there are 100 options better than Plumlee that can fit that same role.



  13. Luther
    4:56 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

    Agree that Cousins is a much better player than Plumlee at this time. However, there are consequences to being an immature punk and Cousins continues to realize them…



    • Thomas Jefferson
      5:06 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      Lots of assholes in the comment section today, including jackass Luther. I really wish KSR could find a way to fix this.

      If people don’t want Cousins on the team, fine. But putting a Plumlee on there is just wrong.



    • Ho Li Kow
      6:18 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      Luther posted a valid comment.

      Punching the pads on a missed transition opportunity is what Coach K doesn’t need.

      Plumlee knows the roles; the program K wants.

      The Question is: Why is a Duke coach coaching PRO ball players?

      Therein lies the disconnect.



    • Az Holy
      6:21 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      Why can say some foks, specially, historical guy, T.J.? Say Az hole, and spell correct?

      Yet, I can not say….the eff word?

      So, then. Thwat the fok gives? Azz hole?



  14. Rei
    5:04 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

    Paul George in a cast could take all 3 Plumlee brothers to school.



    • Charles E. Schulz
      6:58 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      Paul George’s career ended last night.



  15. Bifftannen
    5:04 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

    Coach K is an Al Qaeda: http://www.powerk.net



  16. HillbillyInBC
    5:27 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

    I’d go one step further and say there aren’t even any bad reasons to take a Plumlee of any flavour over Boogie.



  17. Chester'sMullet
    6:03 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

    This is what happens when you think it’s cool to act like a punk a** Obama voting, liberal thug. Wake up BBN!



  18. Lee
    6:42 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

    Bottom line…No one can dispute Boogie is better, Coach K is getting old and doesn’t like Cousins’ controversial nature (strength, attitude), I think it scares him! Favoritism at this point could jeopardize his postition as USA coach, he had better think about that (I am sure he is) and make the right decision….Now, how much he would play him if he is selected……another matter. I don’t see coach K enjoying anything much anymore. I see the guy retiring soon. Can anyone tell me the last time he smiled??? HAS HE EVER SMILED??



    • Coach K
      7:09 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      Lee. You are correct. I am old. Olden. I don’t need the cognitive and assemblage dissonance.

      Plumlee is the greased wheel we need.

      I don’t need and off-balanced wheel.



  19. jeff j
    7:27 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

    hmmm. what part of Kentucky Basketball do you not understand?



  20. Unboltedharp
    12:08 am August 3, 2014 Permalink

    Coach k should get his head ouit of bobby’s &ss. Once hes done that maybe he’ll realize Willy is hands downt the better choice. To pick otherwise would show the nation/world what a fool he is. And for you trolls, go stand inside a silo…….



    • Turnt Downt for What?
      1:25 am August 3, 2014 Permalink

      Who on earth are you talking about? Bobby? Willy? You are hands “downt” drunk.