Once again another Super Team could be rising in the National Basketball Association. The 2017 All-Star had just ended, and the reports stated that the New Orleans Pelicans had traded for Sacremento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins in exchange for rookie Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway, and Tyreke Evans. The Kings also received the Pelicans 2017 first-round pick in the NBA Draft and a second-pick in 2019.
The Pelicans decision to trade for Cousins indicates that they are not waiting until the offseason to lure another superstar to play with Anthony Davis. They are trying to make a serious playoff push after the All-Star break ends. The term “Super Team” means that when some of the league’s best players decide to join forces with another in hopes of winning a World Championship.
I do not believe that Cousins and Davis played a part in the trade that occurred after the All-Star Game, but the decision to pair them together makes sense on so many levels. Both Cousins and Davis played for head coach John Calipari at the University of Kentucky. A lot of old timers such as Charles Barkley may not like the “Super Team” concept being utilized throughout the NBA, but it looks like it’s going to be around for a very long time.
Today’s superstars are no longer attracted to signing max contracts in markets such as Los Angeles and New York and become the main attraction. Players want to collaborate with other like-minded players and contend for titles on a consistent basis. Who would have thought that the original “Super Team” of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce in Boston would continue to have a lasting effect on the NBA right now?
The Pelicans will make the playoffs after making this move, but I do not see them making it past the first round unless they move up to the 7th seed in the playoff race. The offseason is where things are going to get interesting for the Pelicans. Which player will General Manager Dell Demps bring in to put the Pelicans into the conversation of being a championship contender in the West?
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