Atlanta Hawks: Signing Boogie Cousins Would Be Horrendous

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5. Lack of Scheme Fit

The ideal center of the future for the Atlanta Hawks, would be a player who can protect the rim, while also stretching the floor. A fluid athlete that is capable of guarding quicker players on switches, thus being able to stay on the floor in fourth quarters.

The Atlanta Hawks need a center that has the aforementioned tools, particularly the athletic ability and shot blocking prowess. Even if the big man isn’t a great shooter, he should be a guy that has shooting potential. The Hawks coaches can develop him from there.

When you remove the past attitude issues and even the injury concerns, DeMarcus Cousins is not a fit on the basketball court. On a one year prove it deal, Cousins will want his share of post touches and high post isolations, in hopes of earning his next contract.

The style Cousins thrives in, does not fit what Atlanta does. He would slow down the Hawks, who last year played at the NBA’s fastest pace. Cousins is not the ideal roll man in the pick and roll, due to his lack of speed and lift. He’s mostly a pick and pop option at this point.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, there is not a market for Boogie Cousins at this time. The Atlanta Hawks certainly should not be the team to set that market, no matter how low the cost.

DeMarcus Cousins does not fit the Atlanta Hawks needs as a switch defender, or a top-notch rim protector. He is not the ideal floor spacing threat and doesn’t thrive in transition offense or defense. So for basketball reasons alone, the Atlanta Hawks signing DeMarcus Cousins would be a horrendous idea.

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There is no longer a need for Atlanta to chase players, because they carry a well-known name. Soon enough players that the Atlanta Hawks already have like Trae Young, John Collins and Kevin Huerter, will be names that the entire nation will know. Patience is required.