The New Twin Towers
May 10, 2018
Versatility is the new buzzword as the New Orleans Pelicans trots out a big lineup starring Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins
As many teams in the NBA and beyond start to go small, the New Orleans Pelicans bucked the trend by going big, with a frontcourt duo of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. Boogie and the Brow are the newest show in Louisiana, a locale famed for their never-ending festivals.
Of course, the moniker ‘Twin Towers’ is a bit of a misnomer when applied to the versatile Pelicans twosome. The term takes us back to famous high-low post combinations such as Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson with the Houston Rockets and Tim Duncan and David Robinson from the San Antonio Spurs. The two almost-seven-footers are a different breed altogether, however, and rely on their versatile games to thrive in the modern game.
The Pelicans’ open-mindedness in running plays have paid off big-time as both the 27-year-old Cousins and the 24-year-old Davis have found the freedom to express themselves on the court. With their shooting, passing and ball-handling abilities, they are a constant mismatch no matter who they are facing. As their team finds success by going against the grain, the two big men have benefitted from the process as well, as they were both selected as starters for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game.
Although Cousins will be missing some time, the Pelicans are eager not to stray from their winning formula as they traded for 6-foot-10 Nikola Mirotic. As a power forward comfortable on the perimeter and adept at shooting the long-ball, it should not take long for the New Orleans Pelicans to fit their next skyscraper in.
Article written by Wong Chin Yi. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the NBA.