While the rest of the league was zigging, the New Orleans Pelicans decided to zag. As the league continued to steer toward smaller, positionless basketball, the Pelicans traded a modest package to the Sacramento Kings in the hours following February's All-Star Game to acquire DeMarcus Cousins, another near-7-foot supertalent to place alongside All-NBA forward Anthony Davis. Going with the "twin towers" lineup may seem counter-intuitive to the modern NBA, but it's not like New Orleans is pairing Andre Drummond with DeAndre Jordan -- Cousins and Davis aren't your traditional big men. In fact, they're about as "new breed" as you can get, both with the ability to make 3-pointers, hand the ball and guard smaller players when necessary. The problem is, it didn't seem to work last season. Granted the sample size is microscopic (17 games, 394 minutes on the court together), but the Cousins-Davis combo went 7-10, a far cry from the playoff run some expected New Orleans to make following the trade. What the Pelicans really need is time -- time for Cousins and Davis to jell, time for Jrue Holiday to adapt to playing off the ball next to Rajon Rondo, time for the Pelicans to slowly acquire pieces to go around their stars. Time, however, is the one thing that the Pelicans just don't have.
Pelicans preview: DeMarcus Cousins-Anthony Davis experiment on short leash
CBS Sports | Oct 12