Anthony Davis wants him and DeMarcus Cousins to play like Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic
As it stands, the New Orleans Pelicans have an average NBA roster on their hands in terms of strength. However, they do have two All-Stars in the frontcourt in Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, forming the best big man pairing in the league. This will be their first full season together — barring any surprise trade. The duo played the latter half of last season, but had little time to adjust to each other.
Now, they will have a full training camp and preseason before they enter the regular season. This way, the coaching staff and the players around Davis and Cousins could figure out the best way to utilize their All-Stars.
The Pelicans added Chris Finch to their coaching staff this offseason. Finch has a lot of experience in the NBA, being an assistant with the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets. Because of the latter, Finch holds a lot of relevance to the Pelicans.
In a conversation with the Associated Press, Davis mentioned how the Nuggets had a similar pairing last season in Jusuf Nurkic and Nikola Jokic. The former Kentucky Wildcat said that the Pelicans want to emulate how the Nuggets ran their offense through those two big men who were very skilled.
However, this is a strange example from Davis, as Jokic and Nurkic proved to be unsuccessful. They did start last season strong, but Nurkic found himself in coach Mike Malone‘s doghouse and eventually got traded to the Portland Trail Blazers. Still, all of these four big men can pass the ball and score down low, if only to squeeze some sense into the comparison.