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A point center? DeMarcus Cousins’ new physique has Pelicans confident he can fit that role

DeMarcus Cousins back in Sacramento to host youth basketball camp

Former Kings All-Star DeMarcus Cousins is back in Sacramento to host a youth camp at Sacramento High School. He was traded to New Orleans in February.
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Former Kings All-Star DeMarcus Cousins is back in Sacramento to host a youth camp at Sacramento High School. He was traded to New Orleans in February.

As he did the previous offseason as a King, DeMarcus Cousins has been improving his physique since the season ended – so much so that his coach feels comfortable referring to the three-time All-Star as a “point center.”

New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry seemed excited about Cousins’ prospects heading into next season, citing his weight loss and new strategies that would strengthen his chemistry with Anthony Davis, in an interview Friday with WDSU’s Fletcher Mackel.

“When I saw DeMarcus, his body looked great. He invited us to his house for lunch; he’s eating really healthy — he’s got a chef that he’s hired,” Gentry told WDSU.

Cousins, who landed in New Orleans via trade in February, played 17 games for the Pelicans in 2017. He averaged 24.4 points and 12.4 rebounds per game after the trade.

When Mackel referred to Boogie as a point center, comparing him to Denver’s Nikola Jokic, Gentry agreed.

“He’s a tremendous passer, a very good three-point shooter,” Gentry told WDSU.

Cousins shot .375 from 3-point range for New Orleans. Though it’s a small sample, that well exceeds his career rate of .330 from deep.

Mackel made some of his opinions on Cousins, Gentry and the Pelicans clear during the season, accusing the team of “babying” Boogie in a column he penned for WDSU in early May.

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