First off I’d like to say that Anthony Davis is not delusional for saying the Pelicans had a shot at the Finals this season with a healthy Demarcus Cousins. I kept up most of the year with the Pelicans and I noticed they were getting consistent production from shooting guard E’Twaun Moore and he was serving as the floor spacer the Pelicans needed to help the Pelicans become a more balanced team with a more inside-out
attack. Jrue Holiday was scoring at least 20 a night and Rondo was being the floor general the Pelicans signed him to be. Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins were clicking on all cylinders and were a 6th seed before Demarcus Cousins suffered an achilles injury.
Both Demarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis were a dominant combo since both served as floor spacers all the way out to the 3 point line and were totally making defenses adjust to them since Demarcus and Anthony were leading fast breaks pushing the ball up the floor. Both are versatile bigs who can handle the ball and take you off the dribble and create their own shot, how many teams have that sort of combination? Absolutely none, that is why Dell Demps traded for Demarcus Cousins because it might be the move to put to rest the Golden State Wariors’ dynasty aspirations. You are not telling me Draymmond Green,Kevin Durant, and Zaza Pachulia are stopping Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins in the paint from dominating the boards on both ends and from scoring down low.
That said Dell Demps must do everything possible to re-sign Demarcus Cousins this summer. Even if he suffered an achilles injury which can be career changing, if you want to keep Anthony Davis in a Pelicans uniform re-signing Demarcus Cousins should be your first priority. There have been talks all season about Anthony Davis possibly joining the Boston Celtics being that they have the trade assets and draft picks to appease the New Orleans Pelicans and even the Los Angeles Lakers a team who has been starved for a generational big since Shaquille O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat close to 13 years ago. Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum were an imposing front-court for the Lakers through Kobe Bryant’s last 2 titles and Dwight Howard could have potentially served as that franchise big had they re-signed him but that was never accomplished.
Anthony Davis is a once in a life-time type of talent and has already established himself as the best big man in the game and is only 24 years old. He wore Demarcus Cousins’s jersey in All-Star weekend to show his appreciation for the big man who might keep Anthony Davis on the New Orleans Pelicans long-term, it’s simple the Pelicans must re-sign Cousins and find a way to bolster their bench this summer in hopes of making a potential title run next season.
To conclude nothing against the Golden State Warriors who are the target in the NBA as of now and the team to knock off but their front court is not imposing, Draymmond Green is a versatile big who can defend at an elite level and serve as a floor spacer but he is not a player you game-plan for before a game, Zaza Pachulia is nothing to worry about since he is not an offensive threat and Kevin Durant of course is a top 3 player in the NBA but he himself is a tweener and someone who struggles with physical play specially if you get aggressive with him on defense. Curry is a lights out shooter but struggles with athletic guards who can get under his skin and pressure him full-court and contest his jumpers. Klay Thompson is an elite shooter but not the best shot creator and is at his best when the defensive pressure is away from him and focused on Curry and Durant. Their bench works well together but their are no eye popping names on their bench, again phenomenal team on both ends but they don’t have the two best bigs in the game in Cousins and Davis, blessings.