The New Orleans Pelicans don’t possess a lot of shooting on their team, particularly on the wings. They tried to address that big weakness this offseason by bringing in Ian Clark and Darius Miller and re-signing Dante Cunningham. However, they still don’t have that standout shooter that opponents will fear.
In fact, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry believes big man DeMarcus Cousins might be the best 3-point shooter on the team, per Marc Spears of ESPN.
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said the team’s best 3-point shooter could be DeMarcus Cousins. Sounds like they need to sign Anthony Morrow.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) October 17, 2017
Gentry might be spot on with his assessment. DeMarcus Cousins was the Pelicans’ most prolific 3-point shooter upon arriving in New Orleans last season. In 17 games with the team, Boogie averaged 2.1 3-pointers made per game and hit them at a 38 percent clip. For the season, Cousins still hit nearly two long distance shots per game at a 36 percent clip, a very solid number for a center or any position for that matter.
For the season, Cousins still hit nearly two 3s per game and shot 36 percent, a really good number for a center and solid for any other position.
But as good a shooter as DeMarcus Cousins is, though, the Pelicans need to surround him and Anthony Davis with better marksmen so they can get more space to work in the paint, where they can be most effective. But as currently constructed, the Pelicans could struggle to provide their talented big men with that type of support.
As Spears suggested, Anthony Morrow is available after getting cut by the Portland Trail Blazers. While the veteran has his flaws as a player, particularly defensively, he could be an option if the Pelicans do decide that having DeMarcus Cousins as their best shooter is not an ideal situation.