Demarcus Cousins is going to be cut by the Houston Rockets in the coming days as Houston goes for a younger and smaller overall team, leaving Demarcus in the dust. Many people have been speculating Demarcus “Boogie” Cousins goes to a team in a contending position, such as the Lakers or Nets, but no one is considering a dark horse that would fit Demarcus Cousins perfect, the true team that runs New York, the New York Knicks.
As of right now, the Knicks center position is, for lack of a better word, lacking. We currently have three centers on the roster, being Mitchell Robinson, Taj Gibson and Nerlens Noel. With Mitchell Robinson injured, Nerlens Noel and Taj Gibson are really the only option at center we have on the team at the moment. Taj Gibson is a fan favorite and fan-made meme by many, but Taj is 35 years old and is averaging an embarrassing 2.9 PPG and 3.6 RPG, numbers that don’t cut it as one of the primary big men on our team. The former 6th overall pick in 2013, Nerlens Noel, isn’t making the case to be starting center either. Nerlens is averaging 4.2 PPG while playing 19.3 minutes per game, something that doesn’t deserve a starting center position. The Knicks making a trade for a star center is something I am not opposed to, my one issue is, what would we give up? I want to keep players such as RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Obi Toppin, and other young players we are building around currently, so a trade for a center doesn’t feel feasible, which is why Demarcus Cousins is the perfect candidate for the Knicks starting center position.
Demarcus Cousins played in 25 games so far this season and averaged 9.6 points per game, just under a black and a steal per game, 7.6 rebounds per game, and a career low in personal fouls per game as well as a career low in turnovers per game. Demarcus Cousins plays a physical style of basketball, and would fit our system perfectly. Joining the Knicks would give him his best opportunity to comeback from his injuries and hardships faced as of late, and could even result in him returning to his peak form we all miss. As much as I’d love to see a Anthony Davis reunion on the Lakers, I feel like his role wouldn’t be as big as if he were on the Knicks. I also don’t see Boogie meshing well on an egocentric team such as the Nets, where he’d be sharing the court with big ego’s such as Kyrie and Harden. The Knicks are his best option to really make an impact this season, and Boogie would look incredible in the blue and orange.