Atlanta Hawks: Signing Boogie Cousins Would Be Horrendous

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 After seeing many teams in the NBA sign free agents, fans want to see the Atlanta Hawks sign someone sooner rather than later. That someone should not be Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins.

NBA free agency continues to unfold and Atlanta Hawks fans are getting impatient. Witnessing Eastern Conference foes improve through the movement, fans on social media are clamoring for a signing.

The Hawks want a player that has produced at a high level in the NBA. They want a player whose name that they know. This has led to a contingent of fans calling for the team to sign Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins.

DeMarcus Cousins is a highly decorated NBA veteran. He’s a true center at 6’11 270 pounds. He’s still relatively young at 28 years old, but he is a ten-year veteran. He was drafted number five overall in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Cousins is a four-time all-star and a two-time all NBA selection. He has impressive career averages of 21.2 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Boogie posted respectable numbers of 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 dimes last season.

Offensively Cousins has the ability to post up and make jump shots. He handles the ball very well for a center and is also an excellent passer. Boogie is also a top notch board man.

Defensively Cousins is a good low post defender. He’s also good at being in the correct spot and knowing when to rotate and help his teammates.

Defensive Efficiency

Boogie is not known for great defense, but a deeper look at the numbers showed he was a decent defender last season. He had a defensive rating of 106.5, ranking him number 15 among centers who started at least 20 games. Surprisingly that’s a better rating than Dewayne Dedmon, who surrendered 112.8 points per 100 possessions.

The ESPN stat defensive real plus/minus is an advanced stat, that attempts to measure a player’s value to his team on defense. Boogie Cousins ranked number eight in the NBA among centers. Astonishingly Dewayne Dedmon ranked number 28 in the stat.