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.