Just like that, every NBA fan’s favorite time of the season has come and gone again. Whether you were happy with the moves your team made or not, the league is different than it was last week.
The biggest different is the new face of the New Orleans Pelicans, All-Star center Demarcus “Boogie” Cousins. The Pelicans won this deal big-time. They got a top-five scorer in the league for an unproven Buddy Hield, an aging Tyreke Evans, a mediocre Langston Gallaway and first and second round picks in 2017.
While that may sound like a lot for one player, Cousins is a superstar that the Pelicans could not pass up on. Not to mention he is being paired with fellow All-Star, top-five scorer and Kentucky alumnus Anthony Davis. Together, they could be the best frontcourt in the league and a force for years to come.
The Pelicans have an underrated point guard in Jrue Holiday. All they need to become a legitimate playoff team in the Western Conference is a shot creator at shooting guard or small forward. Add in a solid sixth man to help out the bench and I would call them a title contender. Especially considering that the biggest threat in the Eastern Conference is Cleveland, a team that is weakest where the Pelicans are the strongest: in the paint.
Channing Frye and Tristan Thompson would be covering Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins. If that’s not a shot to beat the Cavaliers, I don’t know what is. However, sitting in the No. 13 seed, the Pelicans’ playoff push will most likely have to wait a season or two.