With addition of Boogie, are the Pelicans a super team?

John Cascella, Staff Writer

On February 19th the New Orleans Pelicans made a blockbuster trade for three-time all-star center DeMarcus Cousins. The Pelicans gave up former 6th pick in the 2016 draft, SG Buddy Hield, SG Tyreke Evans, SG Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round draft pick, and a 2017 second-round draft pick. In return the Sacramento Kings traded C DeMarcus Cousins and SF Omri Casspi. DeMarcus will be paired with 4 time all-star PF/C Anthony Davis making the pair one of the deadliest duos around the NBA. With the addition of Cousins, the Pelicans look to win their first NBA championship in franchise history.

The trade has not worked out so well for the Pelicans. Since being traded to the Pelicans, DeMarcus Cousins has averaged 23.3 points per game, 13 rebounds per game, 4.7 assists, and 1.3 blocks per game. Although those are good stats, the Pelicans have lost all 3 games since the trade and recently on Sunday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Boogie was handed his 18th technical foul, because of that he will miss Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Pistons. Also SF Omri Casspi was recently waived by the Pelicans due to a broken thumb the will keep Casspi out for 4 to 6 weeks.

The kings received some important pieces in the deal for the all-star center, such as Buddy Hield and a first round draft pick in the 2017 Draft. Former 6th pick in the 2016 draft, Buddy Hield has been compared to players such as Dell Curry and Brandon Roy. So far in his rookie season Hield has averaged 8.8 points per game, 1.3 assists per game, and 3 rebounds per game. Right now with their losing record the Kings would get a lottery pick in this year’s draft thanks to the Pelican’s 23 and 37 record. But with the trade the Pelicans will hopefully turn around their losing record and make a push for the upcoming playoffs.