“DeMarcus Cousins fined $25K, suspended one game for separate incidents” by Brian Spurlock licensed by USA TODAY Sports
The voyage has been long, tenuous, and strained, something like a Star Trek mission. He landed in Sacramento, where careers go to die (see: Jimmer Fredette, Nik Stauskas, and Willie Cauley-Stein), Countless draft day mishaps, agitated relationships with multiple coaches, trade demands, and a record-setting amount of technicals, illustrated a messy canvas that was his Kings career.
When he arrived at his next planet, in New Orleans, better times seemed to broaden the horizon. Things weren’t all that different though, trade talk blew up in Cousins’ face, his team was vastly more coherent with a different player at the 4, and he still had enormous pent-up anger. With that being said, the voyage continues and with teams inquiring about his reported availability, there are plenty of avenues to explore for his current team and the field. Like a Star Trek mission, Boogie’s destination is “where no man has gone before.”
So what teams can use Demarcus Cousins?
New Orleans Pelicans
Saying he fits in on his team is like saying Patrick and Spongebob harmonize on Nickelodeon. The couples have a rapport, Cousins having led 48 wins and their first playoff appearance since being baptized after the genus of large water birds. The rationalization for getting rid of the 4-time all-star is a debilitated one. Nikola Mirotic played a valiant role in a 2012 Ryan Anderson-like floor stretching role but is limited by lack of athleticism and genuine star enchantment. The Spaniard scored 15.0 points and grabbed 9.6 rebounds on 43.1% three-point shooting. They traded what became the 22nd pick, so there is a substantial stake in the former Bull. Mirotic’s on-off plus/minus of +15.9 exhibit his dependable production next to Anthony Davis. As well, in today’s era where lankier players can play the 5, AD could be a deft preference as a center.
Anthony Davis does not represent the center of our parent’s past, but indubitably embodies today’s center. Davis earned his MVP votes after Cousins collapsed from his Achilles injury. He put up 30.3 points and 11.8 rebounds with an unbelievable 6 40-point games in that span. His game score also increased from 23.3 to 25.8 after he slid to the 5.
Davis is clearly more a rim protector than Cousins. Davis has been 1st, 1st, 4th, 2nd, and 1st, in that order in blocks, since he arrived in New Orleans from Kentucky 5 years ago. Au contraire, Cousins is a feeble presence defensively in the paint. He has blocked just 1.2 shots per game in his career.
Guards and forwards alike are petrified at the sight of Anthony Davis, who possesses a 7’4’’ wingspan, 35.5 inches vertical, and almost unrealistic block shot awareness. The likely defensive player of the year was 8th in opponent field goals within 6 feet, even though he appeared in 75 games and played 36.4 minutes per game. His 51.2% opponent shooting near the rim was 3rd for eligible players. Surmising, Anthony Davis will have no trouble, especially after an immense weight and muscular addition to his already intimidating stature.
Alvin Gentry and management will have one question on their plate when considering trade offers. Is Boogie expendable?
The Wizards will need to wave their wand and bellow a tantalizing spell for Demarcus Cousins to appear in the nation’s capital. While Cousins and John Wall have called each other brothers, the former has expressed a love interest for D.C., and the team just rid of their starting center, a slew of obstacles blockade the star center from wearing red and navy blue.
Reminding someone that there is only one ball is unmistakably a prosaic routine. Even so, that is an optimal way to digress from a Boogie-Wizards coalition. While it easy to point at assist totals for both and deduce that the two are an unselfish pairing that could use a third star, the case is not duck soup. Wall’s 32.4 and Beal’s 27.6 usage rates embody the potent ball-stopping movement in Washington. In Sacramento, Elmer’s glue stuck the ball to Cousins’ hands. Cousins and the ball coexisted like a kid and his favorite toy. Cousins’ usage rate of 32.4 was ahead of Lebron James. It is not like he had substantial recourse either, his best option throughout his complicated Kings career was Rudy Gay, who is known for his non-impactfulness.
When he was shipped to The Big Easy, many pondered the thought of two centers playing at the same time. The two ultimately combined to form a modern-day rendering of old school tactics. They were like Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in 21 Jump Street. The older version was great, but the new one, against all odds, outperformed it. Cousins and Davis defied the odds and made for an interesting pairing. With all that said, Demarcus has never played with a ball-dominant guard. Joining forces with two is like playing with fire.
John Wall and Bradley Beal are something like hot and cold water. The two supplant each other in an isolation-obsessed gameplan. John Wall and Bradley Beal make up for over half of Washington’s not so complex offense and had a running in, which is eerily representative of current occurrences in the white house. Even then, the two put aside their beef to become the fourth highest scoring backcourt in the league.
For the most part, John Wall wants it but depicts himself as the independent variable in the equation that is the Washington Wizards. His 22.9% frequency of isolation plays ranked 4th for any position. To that point, he placed 3rd in the time of possession, making sure he received the elusive assist statistic. Even when he was technically unselfish, he was defiantly selfish.
To beat another dead horse, defense wins championships. Wall allowed his opponents to shoot 41%, which was good for fifth for guards. Yet he was not particularly stifling and took select plays off, his 108 defensive rating and his 2.0% steal ebb away from his career averages. Beal, on the other hand, possessed a 45.2% opponent field goal, which hovers around the same area as less than stellar defenders Kyle Korver and Nik Stauskas. His 110 defensive rating also constitutes a step down from his career average defensive rating. Entailing, Beal and Wall’s fit runs hot and cold-one minute they combine for a dynamic transition bucket, and next they overthrow each other like a tyrannical game of king of the hill. Cousins simply cannot afford to climb another slippery slope by joining this mercurial Wizards roster.
Mark Cuban is an enigma in a league full of owners that visibly value money over winning. After all, a well-oiled machine such as the Lakers makes $200 million in a given calendar year. While a floundering Nets franchise loses $100 million in the same time span. The highest profiting owner rakes in about $30 million in NBA endeavors. Being a die-hard Bulls fan, I live with the everyday reality that Jerry Reinsdorf might trade a key component on a championship team for $3.5 million. Mark Cuban values winning and winning only and that means buying when it is most unexpected.
The Mavericks have been in the pit of doom for two NBA seasons, equaling one less win in that span than the Warriors won this season. This is not a franchise that is used to the fiery heat of such a place, having reached the playoffs 18 years straight prior to their death sentence. Whether be Mark Cuban’s basic reflexes of FOMO or a trainer reminding us that Dirk is a sprained ankle away from a retirement speech, obvious is Dallas’ money moves. Whether that be for Deandre Jordan or Demarcus Cousins is another story.
Three years after an emoji-filled, Jersey Shore-drama perpetuating, and Chandler Parsons feels inducing Summer, the Mavericks’ trip has completed its round trip back to Deandre Jordan island. What makes him an interesting piece in the Mavericks game of Chess?
Dallas has been searching for a rim-protecting 5 since Tyson Chandler’s departure. There have been gambles; Nerlens Noel, Zaza Pachulia, and Javale Mcgee. Hopefuls; Andrew Bogut, Jeff Withey, and Salah Mejri. And you never know until you try; Dwight Powell, A.J. Hammons, and Greg Smith. Simply put, none of them have been able to act as Dirk Nowitzki’s defense quite like the consistent Tyson Chandler was able to do. Deandre Jordan is that player. While he does have a reputation as an elite rim-stuffer, Jordan is just lackluster at defending shots at the rim. His 60.4% placed decimal points above Enes Kanter and pales in comparison to other premier rim-protectors. Nonetheless, Carlisle could utilize Jordan as a screener in pick and roll situations for his young point guards, Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic. Jordan’s 26.5 rebound percentage would add stout rebounding to a team ranked 23rd in that category.
Right now, Demarcus Cousins is penciled in as the Mavericks second option. League sources told the Athletic that the Mavericks believe have a ‘strong chance’ at landing the Demarcus Cousins. By passing on Mo Bamba, the Mavericks signaled that they have a deep-rooted belief they can land the controversial star. Their eyes are first set on Deandre Jordan, who originally spurned Mark Cuban after some convincing from his Los Angeles friends, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul (who are ironically in different cities now).
Demarcus Cousins has a decision to make in his impending free agency this Summer. Without a doubt, it will be a bewildering one in the same manner his career has manifested. Just like Spock established, “One man cannot summon the future. But one man can change the present!” It’s Cousins time to change the present and daydream for a more prosperous future.