Late last night after the 2017 All-Star game ended the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans sent shockwaves through the NBA when the Kings sent talented big man DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans. The Kings received Buddy Heild, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and a 2017-first and second round draft pick for the talented big man.
New Orleans now have two of the most dominant big men in the league after pairing Anthony Davis with Boogie Cousins. The NBA hasn’t seen a pairing of post players this dominant since The Spurs drafted Tim Duncan in 1997 pairing him with David Robinson. The Pelicans are 2.5 games out of playoff contention and the addition of Cousins instantly makes them a threat to not only make the playoffs but to compete with some of the Western Conference’s elite teams.
In recent years the NBA has been moving to small ball with teams like Golden State showing the importance of the 3-point shot and guard play. The Pelicans are ignoring the small ball trend and now have two superstar players at the 4 and 5 positions. It should make for an insane series if the Pelicans finish the season in the 8th seed and have to play Golden State in the first round of the playoffs. For now, we’ll all be watching to see if New Orleans can dominate and turn into a legitimate contender now that they have not one but two of the best big men in the entire league.