DeMarcus Cousins stands a chance to join elite company as the fourth player to score 35 points or more during the first two games against a former team, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The big man erupted for a game-high 37 points against the Sacramento Kings last season and has a unique opportunity to reach that total again with frontcourt partner Anthony Davis sidelined for the night.
Cousins has averaged 31 points, 12 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.3 blocks and one steal per game through four games in this 2017-18 campaign and he looks like a prime candidate to provide the bulk of the scoring against his former franchise.
The Kentucky product was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in shocking fashion right after the All-Star Game ended, despite receiving a nod of security from vice president Vlade Divac days prior to the mid-February festivities.
Cousins has a ridiculous usage rate through this early part of the season, which has resulted in a whopping 6.3 turnovers per game average this early in the year. The versatile big man will have to also watch his foul trouble, as he's had four or more fouls through each game this season, including a technical foul to start the year for some back-and-forth with a fan.