The NBA Duo No One Is Talking About (Ft. Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, and Pick and Rolls)

Jul 19, 2019
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The NBA is now filled with superstar duos. We have Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, wait go back to Anthony Davis. Anthony Davis in his time with the Pelicans wasn’t surrounded by much, but he was once a duo with another superstar. #NBA #Duo
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The Pelicans in 2017-2018 had a roster that included both Boogie and Davis. Keep in mind that DeMarcus had been traded midseason in 2016-17 and so there hadn’t been much time to gel that previous season. The beginning of the 2017 season was a chance to really see what the two were made of and we did. Let’s talk about what each did for each other. Keep in mind that Anthony Davis is the jack of all trades as a big man. He can finish around the rim using his 7’ 6” wingspan and soft touch. He can post up down low and hit a fadeaway or hook, even if he doesn’t post up often because he’s just not overpowering. AD can step up to the 3 point line and knock it down, he’s a midrange assassin and has handles to get by people from the perimeter and either pull up or drive to the hole. There’s really no weaknesses in his game and so you would think just about anybody would fit with Anthony Davis, except Anthony Davis has his preferences. AD likes playing his natural position of power forward over center due to floor positioning. Over 60% of his shots were with less than 2 seconds of getting the ball. DeMarcus Cousins is a different story. Boogie is an overpowering force, a guy that likes to operate in the low post. But even with the Kings offense revolving around him, the Kings had the highest pace in the league. That means that DeMarcus was no stranger to a faster style offense so even with him being 6’ 11” 270 lbs, Boogie was able to keep up. That’s because Boogie also has handles. DeMarcus was evolving his game from the slow grinded out post game to keep up with the fast-paced, 3 point revolution, shooting 33% from 3 in 2015-16 after previously shooting 0.1 3s a game. Boogie was also a really good passer for a big man and just had natural instincts on drop passes inside the paint, or kicking it out to the open 3 point shooter.
Since DeMarcus played the 5, AD was able to slide to his natural position at the 4. Anthony Davis averaged a career high 28.1 points per game that season. He also averaged a career high 34% from 3. DeMarcus’s presence down low afforded Anthony Davis space on the perimeter where an either undersized 4 or smaller guard awaited him. DeMarcus Cousins averaged a career high 5.4 assists per game as a center, most of those assists going to Anthony Davis. A lot of those were lob passes to Anthony Davis as Boogie and AD ran an interesting pick and roll with AD as the roll man and Cousins as the ball handler. That means that both the defense’s big men are at the top of the key and so AD really has no one to contest him at the paint if he rolls and if Boogie can deliver him a dotted pass. On top of that, DeMarcus doesn’t just stay in the low post area, he’ll come out to the three point line and actually sizeup his defender which is typically the center. While he was on the Kings, he was really the only guy the defense had to focus on. With AD on the court, there’s less defensive help on the drive and so Boogie had his best driving season, shooting 52.2% on all drives. In fact, Boogie had his most efficient season ever, with a career high effective field goal percentage of 53%. DeMarcus Cousins took a career high 6.1 3s a game shooting his second highest 3 point field goal percentage at 35.4%. Davis would often get two players to attach on to him on the roll meaning Cousins got so many open looks. Boogie averaged 25.2 points that season.
There’s also a thing called rebounding and both of these guys are just, well, really good at it.
All what I said are the on-court tangibles that can be analyzed along with some on-court intangibles like timing and awareness. But what about the off-court intangibles. Davis and Cousins loved playing with each other. In limited minutes in 30 games, Cousins did average 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds and his passing ability hasn’t just disappeared. I do think he can be better than what he showed last season, but even if he isn’t, most of what I talked about with them as a duo still apply. A lot of these other duos are just purely based off of talent, but this duo is much, much more than that and honestly, we need to keep an eye on DeMarcus and Davis. But what do you think? How will DeMarcus play next season? How about the Lakers.

  • How will Boogie do? What about the Lakers? Fine, don’t follow me on Twitter @MJ2KALLDAY, I’m not upset 😭

    • MJ2KALLDAY he injured

      StormStormYear ago
    • @Forgiven Sinner Gotta use Iguodala's spot for a new Center after Boogie Cousins ACL injury. 😞😞😞😞 No time for wait for Iguodala, this is a WIN-NOW season.

      DeAndre PageDeAndre PageYear ago
    • @Judy Thai Boogie Cousins ACL injury. 😭😭😭😭 Change focus to a DEFENSIVE UPGRADE over Boogie Cousins with JaVale McGee on the 1st Unit now. Lebron James can defend the point guard now = Twin Shot-blockers to protect him, Anthony Davis & JaVale McGee.

      DeAndre PageDeAndre PageYear ago
    • Hope you do well!!!

      Judy ThaiJudy ThaiYear ago
    • Boogie Cousins was recruited by Anthony Davis because of their TEAM CHEMISTRY as New Orleans Pelicans. 😀😀😀 They will be on the 1st Unit together.

      DeAndre PageDeAndre PageYear ago
  • "Man this channel is *FUN*" BEST QUOTE EVER

    TrixxyTrixxy18 days ago
  • This channel is fun 😂

    TrixxyTrixxy2 months ago
  • They can only beat... THEMSELVES

    Daryl RichardsonDaryl Richardson3 months ago
  • Boogie and Davis aren't going to play together this season

    Levi PhillipsLevi Phillips7 months ago
    • Because ad is leaving the Lakers after this season

      Levi PhillipsLevi Phillips7 months ago
  • Boogie Davis all day

  • What about broogie

    Eoin BourkeEoin BourkeYear ago
  • Boogie davis

    The Williams'The Williams'Year ago
  • Hmm.... injured Demarcus cousins but AD still has Rondo hmmm..... Is this the duo that no one talks about, AD and Rondo!!! This needs to be a thing

    mewtastic davemewtastic daveYear ago
  • Boogie Davis

    Just a person watching YouTubeJust a person watching YouTubeYear ago
  • You guys forgot someone the big three James harden ref Russel Westbrook

    Chris brown SonChris brown SonYear ago
  • Boogie davis!

  • Boogie davis

    הראל מזרחיהראל מזרחיYear ago
  • pretty convincing

    bdf geggbdf geggYear ago
  • Boogie Davis

    Tabonga KafundaTabonga KafundaYear ago
  • BoogieDavis

    Mr. BoinkMr. BoinkYear ago
  • Boogie davis

    Fatmata KromahFatmata KromahYear ago
  • Bruh at 6:15 look at how not confident everyone in the crowd is when boogie shoots😭😂😂

  • The rise of BOOGIE BROW

    Ghost79UGhost79UYear ago

    Judy ThaiJudy ThaiYear ago
  • This video aged horribly fast

    Ham The AviatorHam The AviatorYear ago
  • And thats why we aint talking about it...

    killa beekilla beeYear ago
  • Now Boogie tore his ACL .....the Lakers lost a real chance there

    Slay 99Slay 99Year ago
  • Boogie is permanently cripple this will never happen

    Samuel EmpeySamuel EmpeyYear ago
  • Pause at 1:10 then look at cousins

    Chem39Chem39Year ago
  • Since we got the latest news of boogie can we get an opinion who can replace him

    imnetherangelimnetherangelYear ago
  • I just watched this video for a second time a few hours before the injury. This is such an unfortunate event. The Lakers with a healthy Boogie would've been such a fun team to watch. Hope he gets better soon

    ErasedErasedYear ago
  • You jinxed it bro. Boogie blew up his acl 😭😭😭

    John BautistaJohn BautistaYear ago
  • Came after injury tuff

    CqqkiePlayzCqqkiePlayzYear ago
  • Boogie Davis

    AeloiousAeloiousYear ago
  • Just made a video on how to play with Anthony Davis in 2k19

    Polo IVPolo IVYear ago
  • Boogie Davis

    easymoneymakereasymoneymakerYear ago
  • Boogie Davis

    Bailor BanguraBailor BanguraYear ago
  • Boogie Davis

    Top Flight484Top Flight484Year ago
  • Boogie Davis

    Cael FaucegliaCael FaucegliaYear ago
  • in reality if boogie - ad - lbj can shoot 37%+ from 3. Then you would see some serious serious stacked shit goign on. Like super stacked. They have some shit to figure out and i'm hoping either boogie or AD starts shooting more 3s efficiently. That kuzma - LBj - ad - cousins - guard who can shoot the ball and play D will be KILLLERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR lol. That line up on that roster = no legit shooter but whatever. That's why they need to start figuring it out. Turn 2 of them into a legit shooter and only injuries will stop them

    Dylan NDylan NYear ago
  • Nobody is talking about Donovan Mitchell and mike Conley. Also Rudy gobert

    Milagro EstrathaMilagro EstrathaYear ago
    • Maybe because there's nothing to talk about...

      chiknosischiknosisYear ago
  • Boogie Davis

    Adam EsmailAdam EsmailYear ago
  • Boogie Davis

    RAM32 23SRAM32 23SYear ago
  • Boogie Davis!😎👍👍

    Tjuanne PitchfordTjuanne PitchfordYear ago
  • Curry and d'lo

    Joey SukhiJoey SukhiYear ago
  • Boogie Davis

    Lucia FrazierLucia FrazierYear ago
  • Boogie davis forever

    Angel 333Angel 333Year ago
  • AD is better suited as a center. There's a reason why NO were better when mirotic started alongside AD after cousins went down. They were okay together but definitely not great

    JosephJosephYear ago
  • they we're not a good duo because when Boogie went down they got better they made the playoffs the reason it didn't work because the coach of the Pelicans don't know how to use them both on the floor they we're good on paper AD and DeMarcus but they we're worst together

    Brandon IngramBrandon IngramYear ago
  • How about having all games of the conference finals in the same arena?

    Cristian GarciaCristian GarciaYear ago
  • Running horns with LeBron ad and DeMarcus.... Bro I understand the clippers have a great line up, but this team just fits. There's nothing you can actually do to stop all 3 of them

    Tj LewisTj LewisYear ago
  • Hi MJ2KALLDAY, can you breakdown how will lebron operate with his current roster on LA, thanks in advance sir .

    Rome MadaliRome MadaliYear ago
  • But boogie got glass legs now

    N26P7N26P7Year ago
  • What is your outro song? Boogeycousins

    Brian DanielBrian DanielYear ago
  • Wow unreal breakdown. New fan here

    idealcommentaryidealcommentaryYear ago
  • EXCELLENT vid my guy!!

    MeazygrindhardMeazygrindhardYear ago
  • I'm Lakers fan, BoogieDavis. But I don't think Demarcus like being call Boogie any more. I'm excited to have them both.

    dbrownwinddbrownwindYear ago
  • You'll seem to forget how bad cousins is on the defensive end. Outside of being injury prone he is targeted by opposing offenses in the pick and roll. What's the point of scoring 16 while giving up 30. One of the main reasons why nobody wanted to sign him this off season

    Artur AkopyanArtur AkopyanYear ago
  • Boogie Davis

    Super Nice BlackGuySuper Nice BlackGuyYear ago
  • Don’t let that distract you from the fact Boogie is not the same player 🤷🏾‍♂️

    Charles MorleyCharles MorleyYear ago
  • To me its a big 3 Cousins is really good when healthy

    5 Star Trailers5 Star TrailersYear ago
  • Boogie Davies

    Micah AdeMicah AdeYear ago
  • boogie davis

    joshjoshYear ago
  • Boogie Davis

    Luis BurgosLuis BurgosYear ago
  • JaVale McGee would kill the floor spacing for Anthony Davis. 😞😞😞

    DeAndre PageDeAndre PageYear ago
  • Boogie Cousins is a better 3-point shooter than Laker 3rd year player Kyle Kuzma too. 😀😀😀

    DeAndre PageDeAndre PageYear ago
  • Anthony Davis convinced Boogie Cousins to sign with the Lakers because of their TEAM CHEMISTRY !!!😀😀😀 Cousins passing ability is perfect as a 2nd ballhandler since Lebron James has moved to the 1-spot. The NBA is praying that Boogie Cousins isn't 80% healthy.

    DeAndre PageDeAndre PageYear ago
  • Boogie is 28 not 35 he’ll be okay

    Johnathan NaborsJohnathan NaborsYear ago
  • Clippers in 3

    Lil PaceLil PaceYear ago

    Certified BucketsCertified BucketsYear ago
  • Bro it's the LA pelicans ...rondo dany green, lebron, AD, Boogie

    JirenJirenYear ago
  • Add LeBron & shooters and you've got the strongest offence in the NBA

    Howard HillHoward HillYear ago
  • Boogie Davis!!!

    Timothy CarltonTimothy CarltonYear ago
  • Basically the Lakers went and got students of the game that apply the shit they're thinking and make it reality and cook Negus in the paint assist rebounds putbacks the lake show is back bro they will be either 1,2 ,or 3 in all categories..

    Essic KelleyEssic KelleyYear ago
  • Boogie davis

    Xavier HarleyXavier HarleyYear ago
  • boogie davis

    Flynn YoungFlynn YoungYear ago
  • Boogie Davis

    Santiago RangelSantiago RangelYear ago
  • Boogie Davis

    Demetreus MiddlebrooksDemetreus MiddlebrooksYear ago
  • Bill and Ted were a most excellent duo.

    James Allen jr.James Allen jr.Year ago
  • Boogie Davis

    Marcquel PersonMarcquel PersonYear ago
  • Boogie is back he just drop 43pts on some league games last week 👊👊👊👊👊 trust me 43 wow that chip is working

    Eddiegeezee Lakers news and NBA Updates.Eddiegeezee Lakers news and NBA Updates.Year ago
  • Boogie and ad 💯

    Ek9ayderEk9ayderYear ago
  • Boogie D

    Brandt TotenBrandt TotenYear ago
  • Boogie played solid coming off an Achilles injury. He came back for the finals but a lil hurt still. He can rest and train through the off-season. Boogie bout to have a comeback year

    Domo Mack 414Domo Mack 414Year ago
  • Boogie needs to man up and stop whinging. It’s very unattractive. Hopefully Lebron can guide him, to have his best season ever .

    LucasLucasYear ago
  • Boogie davis

    King AleyKing AleyYear ago
  • To be honest. I think when the pelicans didn’t re-sign Cousins that was the main reason for Anthony Davis not wanting to be in New Orleans no more

    ChristopherChristopherYear ago
  • Go lakers

  • Boogie Davis

    Omar BarrieOmar BarrieYear ago
  • The problem with cousin's is that he lost a lot of his athleticism from injuries so he isn't as fast as he used to be and can get more easily stripped when handling the ball. We saw this in the finals cause the warriors had him play that Draymond role of bringing the ball up but continued to get the ball stolen because he can't blow by his defenders as well as before

    Othul HockOthul HockYear ago
    • He was out of shape and still dealing with injuries, he got healthy late in the season when everybody had already been playing meaningful games. he is already slimmed down now. And will have the whole offseason to get in shape.

      Marcus JohnsonMarcus JohnsonYear ago
  • And after all that! THEY HAVE LEBRON JAMES‼‼‼

    TEAM ChemistTEAM ChemistYear ago
  • ✊🏾

    John BrownJohn BrownYear ago
  • I still can't get past the fact this poor dude Cousins is SOOOO GROSSLY underpaid. He's making 1/5th what Allen Crabbe is making. Very sad. I guess, there's a lesson there somewhere. Everybody who went ring chasing with the Warriors paid a steep price for it--from JaVale to David West to Cousins to Zaza Pachulia. Not one of them ever sniffed a decent paycheck again.

    Emmanuel EnyinwaEmmanuel EnyinwaYear ago
  • boogie davis

    Tanay RaiTanay RaiYear ago
  • Boogie Davis

    PengXi HuangPengXi HuangYear ago
  • Boogie Davis

    The GOATThe GOATYear ago
  • Exactly

    LMBLLMBLYear ago
  • 0:50 LMAO

    TrixxyTrixxyYear ago
  • boogie Davis

    Bigplay Jay20Bigplay Jay20Year ago
  • Are we all going to ignore how AD did a split at 1:40

    Pablo ZhangPablo ZhangYear ago
    • Yes, let's go ahead and ignore it.

      Emmanuel EnyinwaEmmanuel EnyinwaYear ago
  • Boogie and the brow

    Alemon 88Alemon 88Year ago
  • 1 - James/Rondo 2 - Green/Bradley 3 - Kuzma/Caldwell-Pope 4 - Davis/Dudley 5 - Cousins/McGee

    • @tcains3 just swap rondo and bradley

      Faizal SetiawanFaizal SetiawanYear ago
    • I like that lineup but Bron will have problems guarding other points so I love the lineup of Pg Avery Sg Green, Point Forward Bron, Pf AD and Center Boogie

      tcains3tcains3Year ago
    • @SUSUSCO REALTY lol crazy means good bro

      Brian BrownBrian BrownYear ago
    • @Richard Bennett Don't just criticize, suggest your own.

    • @Richard Bennett Then, what is not crazy?

  • People forget that the Lakers have Gold

    Light Life Fitness Coach GoinsLight Life Fitness Coach GoinsYear ago
  • Boogie Davis

    Nathan AlcideNathan AlcideYear ago