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Cousins-Davis tag team could be epic

By: Roekwan Holmes

Don’t be so short-sighted. The New Orleans Pelicans may have lost their first three games since trading for Demarcus Cousins, but it is only fair to assume that there would be some sort of adjustment period for a squad that just inserted an All-Star into their lineup to play with another All-Star.

In the long run, the Pelicans look like they are going to be a force to be reckoned with, with Cousins and Anthony Davis joining forces. In this new age sort of league where guards and wins have been all the rage, no team has anything that can stop those two bigs from doing whatever they want. And when you consider who Cousins is also one of the best passing centers in the league and Davis is an athletic freak who is also one of the NBA’s premiere defensive power forwards, it’s a great combination.

These two guys can combine for 50 or more points per game and outrebound just about every single team by themselves. It’s something the Pelicans are hoping will lead them from the depths of the Western Conference toward the top, simply because no team can match up against them. Not even the best teams have something that can match up against them.

Since the 2006 NBA Finals, only one big man has been named NBA Finals MVP. That was Dirk Nowitzki, who is a stretch four mainly known for his perimeter play. Since the 2004-2005 season, Nowitzki is also the only big man to be named the league’s season MVP.

With Davis and Cousins both in the early beginnings of their prime, the Pelicans could be built just like the 1999 San Antonio Spurs when David Robinson and Tim Duncan teamed up to win the championship. And actually, Robinson was 10 years older than Duncan, which is why with Cousins at 26-years-old and Davis at 23, they have so much more time to build a greater dynasty.

Remarkable Numbers

Just to show you guys how dominant these players are, let’s look at their numbers.

Cousins averages 27.6 points game, 10.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and is shooting well over 45-percent from the field. Davis is averaging 28.1 points, 11.9 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and is shooting 50.2-percent from the floor.

These are the only two players in the entire NBA with these numbers — Hall of Fame type of numbers. Of course, it is way too early to claim either guy should be a Hall of Famers, but they are doing what only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar before them was able to do. The scary part was that both guys were able to put numbers like that up when they were almost by themselves out on the court with the defense constantly having to send double- and sometimes even triple-teams out against them. With both guys inside at the same time, defenses will have to pick their poison and leave one with a little bit of extra space to roam around.

Since the Trade

In their first game together, against the Houston Rockets, Davis and Cousins combined for 56 points and both had a double-double. In their second game together against the Dallas Mavericks, they game to play as Davis scored 39 points with 14 boards and Cousins had 12 points and 15 rebounds. Then against Oklahoma City, they had a combined 48 points and 17 rebounds.

While all three games were close losses, Cousins and Davis are showing that they are capable of playing together at a high level. It’s just going to take a little bit of time to adapt to their new playing style. And they’ll make their teammates much better. Defenses will have to load up in the paint, leaving the perimeter open for them to stretch the floor more.

With these two, the Pelicans have an unstoppable big man tag team that can be the start of a dynasty in the future.

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