DeMarcus Cousins is one of those NBA players who has traveled throughout the league in his 11 seasons, and now his journey has brought him to the Denver Nuggets.
The Nuggets sign him on a 10-day contract, according to Shams Charania:
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 9, 2022
In previous seasons signing Cousins might have been seen as a bad idea, but he has done a superb job lately and could greatly improve and help the Nuggets, who are struggling to compete in the Western Conference. crowded filled with Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, and Rudy Gobert.
Cousins crushes him
Throughout his career, Cousins was known as a tall man with a chip on his shoulder.
Indeed, for many years he was considered someone who could fight in the blink of an eye.
He’s also known as someone who can create a lot of points and also a lot of rebounds: his career averages are 20.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
His best season was in 2016-17 when he created 27.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists for the Sacramento Kings.
In recent years, Cousins’ production has cooled – as has his attitude – but he’s showing signs of greatness again.
Most recently, he played for champion Milwaukee Bucks, where he rose to prominence on the court.
While playing there, Cousins averaged 9.1 points and 5.8 rebounds in 17 games played.
His season record was 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists against the Dallas Mavericks.
With numbers like that, some expected the Bucks to sign more Cousins, but it actually makes more sense in Denver.
DeMarcus in Denver
Chances are, Cousins will find himself a suitable role with the Nuggets.
In fact, it fits their list perfectly.
There’s no question that the Nuggets are currently built around MVP Nikola Jokic – the big man is the linchpin that keeps the whole team together.
But he needs help, and if he intends to stay healthy, he needs rest.
This is where Cousins comes in.
Coming off the bench, Cousins can replace Jokic and allow him to take time and not feel so much pressure or play for so many minutes.
Before Cousins, JaVale McGee was in charge of this work, but it was sent to the Phoenix Suns – leaving a big and significant hole in the roster of the Nuggets.
Cousins can play tenaciously and courageously and can help move the team forward with Jokic needing to relax on the bench.
Plus, this signing looks better when you think about who coaches the Nuggets.
Mike Malone, current head coach in Denver, knows Cousins very well.
In fact, Malone coached Cousins when he was playing in Sacramento and the two remain close.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone checks out his old friend DeMarcus ‘Boogie’ Cousins after their game against Golden State pic.twitter.com/dQRT1s5ltF
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Malone knows how Cousins plays, and he knows how to use it and how to best guide him.
For that reason alone, this signature makes a lot of sense.
It’s going to benefit Jokic – which benefits the team – and it’s going to bring together a coach and a player who have worked really well together in the past.
If you’re a Nuggets fan, this acquisition should spark your hopes for the future of Mile High City.