August 3, 2017, 8:23 am
According to Scott Kushner of the New Orleans Advocate, Anthony Davis, when discussing the pairing of him and DeMarcus Cousins, said he hoped “[they] could be kind of like (Nikola) Jokic and (Jusuf) Nurkic and how they did stuff in Denver before.”
As many saw last season in Denver, the two center experiment of Nurkic and Jokic failed pretty miserably with the duo being outscored while on the court together due to defensive deficiencies. The Nuggets also struggled to deal with the ego of Nurkic when he was benched because of the inability to play side-by-side with Jokic despite both being quite skilled. Eventually, Nurkic’s attitude and lack of utility off the bench made him an asset the Nuggets had to trade to the Blazers. Overall, that experiment failed, so hopefully, Davis is wrong about his dream of Cousins and himself acting the same way. This season will be the first full one with the two Pelican bigmen together, and it will reveal whether having two skilled centers at the same time is possible in the modern NBA.