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NOP better without Cousins?

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NOP better without Cousins?

I know he can sound crazy because of the type of player Cousins is, but I was wondering if the Pels' game was not more fluid with Mirotic and Davis inside instead of Cousins.

Cousins is a pretty polarizing player and his teammates seem to defer to him while now, they play as a unit with Rondo, Holiday and above all Mirotic (18pts 9.5rbds on 46% 3pt vs Portland) the prime beneficiaries.

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The floor is definitely

The floor is definitely significantly more spaced with mirotic in the game instead of cousins and Davis at the 5 instead of the 4 the majority of the time. They are also able to push the pace more without a 285 lb center out there and even though they are still not a great defensive team, they at least become more versatile and switchable without cousins in the game. Holiday has way more driving lines and has taken on a much bigger offensive role as a result.

I wouldn’t go as far as to say they would be better long-term without an all-star caliber player. Remember this team was actually playing extremely well with cousins in the lineup before he was injured. However, they’ve unlocked something without him in the lineup and it’s working for them right now.

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The addition of Mirotic

and the fact that Davis is a big time rim protector make this team very hard to play in the modern day small ball. Mirotic is in the perfect spot and his efficiency has been off the charts.

Don't forget that Cousins is an unrestricted free agent this summer. Do you pay the max for him or keep the playoffs starting five and try to find the good pieces to come from the bench (plus a real starting SF)?

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cousins as a six man would

cousins as a six man would been deadly

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OK you be the one to tell

OK you be the one to tell Cousins he is now a bench player lol

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It's a legit question because

It's a legit question because while I always felt like Davis and Cousins could coexists I thought they dominated too many similar aspects of the game to ever reach they're full potential playing together. It's this same logic I use when debating why Russ and Harden got better when separated. Redundant skill sets can overlap and interfere with each other when the skill sets are as dominant as the players mentioned.

This is also why I was a proponent of a trade involved Cousins for Love and Nets 1st. I felt like Davis needs more of a floor spacer next to him with maybe enough bulk to take on 5s.

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Also the biggest part of NO's

Also the biggest part of NO's success is simply Rondo and Holidays chemistry along with Moore and Holiday's experience playing new positions.

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No. This situation somewhat

No.

This situation somewhat reminds me of the Wizards when they were playing well without Wall and people actually had the audacity to suggest they were better without him.

Give Mirotic credit. He's been phenomenal and his game compliments Davis, Holiday and Rondo. However, let's see how things go next round versus the Warriors, who can go small and match up. The Blazers didn't match up very well.

If the Pelicans want to beat the Warriors or Rockets, they need Cousins to do that. With Cousins, they could literally win a title IMO.

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Holiday

There's definitely a lot of factors as to why they Pelicans have suddenly found a second gear, but the biggest reason for this current level of play is that Jrue Holiday is playing completely out of his mind right now. Once Boogie went down he accepted the 2nd scorers role and has been ridiculous on both sides of the court, and Rondo has allowed him to play off ball and do his thing.

If he keeps this up and AD can put up a couple LeBron-esque playoff performances GS could actually, seriously be in trouble

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The Pelicans took a while to

The Pelicans took a while to gel and when DMC got injured a lot of us thought they won't make play offs, Davis might end up wanting to go to a contender etc.

But they went on a great run - Holiday has had his best ever season, Rondo is playing like back in his Boston days and can use his playmaking to create for guys who will relish the service. Holiday also gives them a legit 2nd ball carrier so possessions can be varied and he and Rondo can exchange quick passes to make openings.

Rondo will need to be resigned to don't forget.

The DMC question is a hard one, yes he looks a good fit there and he can get best deal there but the team played well without him and there would be a huge amount of salary committed.

But a team sometimes needs to gamble and if they can make the cap work then I think they have to try to resign him. A lot may depend what AD thinks as NOP will want to keep him happy.

Play off revenue can cover luxury tax and a strong team will be a FA location vets wanting to be on a contender may look at.

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Kawhi Leonard would be

Kawhi Leonard would be perfect on that team.

Wonder if they could pull of a Cousins for Kawhi sign and trade.

Oh, and I think the Pelicans are committed to a ton of salary, but in NO with AD could be a great way for LeBron to end his career.

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Hard to say...

It all depends on what team had turned up in the playoffs with Cousins before you make the call on that..

Because for all we know they may have been even deeper and could possibly have gone even deeper/handled more pressure from other teams or just turned up for the playoffs anyway. All it takes is one A.D minor injury and they could lose a series due to a game or 2 absence and losing that fire power vs If A.D goes down Cousins could help buy some time for them.

But think of this maybe having the following is a logical approach:

Have Cousins do the same as P.G does in OKC have him be a starter in name but rotate Mirotic with A.D for stretches and Cousins allowing both to play center and pf. This allows Cousins to anchor your bench and carry the scoring load so A.D can stay healthier-which is the concern about him(being fragile), there is a reason why A.D made it to the Playoffs this year and was not gassed.

Cousins allowed him to get rest he wouldn't have in the past. They also started to get some chemistry which never hurts.

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Kawhi in a sign and trade for

Kawhi in a sign and trade for DMC is an interesting idea. Imagine what Spurs could get out of DMC and they would find right players to surround him with. Kawhi when fit is a top level NBA player, people even said he could be considered 3rd best behind LBJ and KD!

Him alongside AD with Holiday in support and a revitalisied Rondo pulling the strings would be a very competitive unit. I know both teams are same divison which can always complicate deals but it could almost be a good a deal as both sides could get if we assume the Spurs may not want to do long term rebuild.

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I'll probably get killed for

I'll probably get killed for this but if Phoenix gets the #1 pick and Washington gets bumped out of the playoffs. I do these trades

Phoenix 1st overall pick for John wall

Phoenix trades Bender Criss Warren and a future first to new Orleans for cousins

Phoenix

pg. wall

sg. Booker

sf. Jackson

pf. ??. free agent stretch four

c. cousins

don't know who much defense would be played. but potential great offensive team

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