I saw this meme floating about the social media universe. It posed a question relating to how the Pelicans would fair in the Warriors’ series if DeMarcus Cousins was still healthy. It’s very interesting to think about, because it would put the best front court in the NBA back together again.
Cousins, for those who are unaware, is one of the best centers in the game today. He is a regular double-double threat in the paint, and demands GREAT amounts of attention when he’s on the court.
He would have been paired with Anthony Davis, who in my opinion is the second best player in the league today. He, like Cousins, demands great attention when he is on the court as well. He has the size to bully guys under the basket, and the shooting ability to expand his range.
As of writing this, the Pelicans are down 3-1 against the Warriors in their best-of-7 series. The Warriors are well known for their long-range shooting, and have a game plan centered around the 3-ball. BUT, they’re post presence is not at that level.
If Cousins was not injured, we would be seeing him and Anthony Davis taking on the likes of Draymond Green, Zaza Pachulia, and David West.
Both of them would DOMINATE the Warriors bigs. Draymond, a great power forward, has a MAJOR size disadvantage compared to Davis and Cousins. They each have at least four to five inches, and more weight on him as well. And Zaza and West aren’t really any better, since West has age against him and Zaza is……well, Zaza.
Granted, the Warriors’ ability to spread the floor really can put opposing teams at a disadvantage, But having the best front court in the league can really make a difference as well. Snagging rebounds, doing work in the post, and making the paint a scary place can really change the pace of the game.
It would be a very different series if Cousins was healthy. And I would actually take the Pelicans in seven if this were the case.
But what do you think? Do you believe DeMarcus Cousins would alter the series greatly? Or would the outcome stay the same? Let me know in the comments below.