In one corner you have DeMarcus Cousins (Boogie) on the other corner you have Anthony Davis. They are the arguably two of best big men in the NBA. The scary part is that they are both young and have plenty of room to get better; their potential is ridiculous and they will only get better. Both players are young: Boogie is 24 years old and Davis is only 21 years old.
They have been two of the most productive players in the league thus far. You would have to consider both of them in the MVP for at least the first month of this season. This is a matchup that everyone should have circled in their calendars. Davis got the best of Boogie on Tuesday night by winning 106-100.
No one questioned whether or not Boogie has the talent to be an All-Star caliber big man. But rather, the question was whether Boogie would be able to put it all together and not be his own worst nightmare. The biggest concerns people had about Boogie are his attitude towards his teammates and coaches. Boogie is a very emotional player who wears his emotions on his sleeves.
If the season ended today, Boogie would have to be considered for MVP, again not saying he would win but he would be in the conversation. He is having a great start to the season. You can credit some of this early success to Boogie’s time on TEAM USA this summer. It appears that everyone that plays on Team USA takes their game to another level, which appears to be the case for Boogie. While on that team, he played against other great NBA players in practice. That experience has made Boogie a better player and now we are seeing the results. By the way, just a side note here, but Boogie is such a really cool nickname.
Boogie is averaging 22.5 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 1.5 Blocks PG this season. So basically Boogie has been a beast and simply dominating. He has the Sacramento Kings as one of the surprise teams in the Western Conference; they are in the conversation to make the playoffs this year. He seems to be putting it all together while emerging as the leader his team needs. Boogie is also averaging 8.5 points per game in the post.
Anthony Davis came into the league with a lot of hype out of college after winning the NCAA Tournament. And boy has he lived up to the hype of being the #1 pick in the 2012 draft. Anthony Davis is also benefiting from his experience on Team USA. Davis had a good year last season but he has taken his game to a level we haven’t seen since Hakeem Olajuwon.
Davis is averaging 25.5 PPG (3rd in the league), 11.4 RPG, 3.9 Blocks PG. Davis ranked 14th last season in scoring now finds himself in the top 3: a dramatic improvement for a big. He is also the second best pick and roll player in the NBA by averaging 5.6 points off that play. Davis has been a complete monster this season. What makes Davis such a phenomenal player is that he competes on both ends of the court. You can make the case he is the best rim protector in the league right now. As of this writing, he has the Pelicans as the 6th seed in the deep Western Conference. The scary thing about Davis is that he is only 21 years old!
People are thinking that in a few years Davis will take the title of “best player in the NBA” away from Lebron James. It’s difficult not to project such great expectations for Davis because he has improved every year and has the drive to be great. Davis is a force to be reckoned with on both sides of the ball.
Gotta pick one?
If I had to pick between Boogie Cousins and Anthony Davis, I’d go with Boogie Davis. Yes, that’s a cop-out. It’s a very difficult decision to make. In all seriousness, if I cannot pick Boogie Davis, I’m leaning towards Anthony Davis because he can affect the game on both ends of court.
But the true question is this: if YOU had to pick between Boogie Cousins and Anthony Davis, who would you pick?