Olajuwon-Sampson or Duncan-Robinson? The Two Ways The Pelicans “Twin Towers” Could Go

That’s a lot of points and rebounding all in he same area on that New Orleans squad now.

In trading with the Sacramento Kings for the 6’11”, 269 pound DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins to play alongside the 6’10, 254 pound mainstay Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans pretty much added a physical, and damn near completely statistical twin to their front line.

And while it’s too early to get gassed, I’d forgive Lil Wayne, Master P and shit, even Jay Electronica if they all hopped on the bandwagon, started talking about moving home and began to root, root, root for the home team.

But will it work?

My personal knock on both Anthony Davis and DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins is that they both seem to be all stats.

As far as career numbers, 21.9 points per and 10.1 rebounds per game for fifth-year man Davis and 21.1 points per and 10.8 rebounds per for seventh-year man Cousins, under the right circumstances, could be Hall of Fame stuff for either.

But exactly one playoff appearance (Davis and the Pelican’s 2015 First Round loss to Golden State) between them?


Contrast that with, say, Shaq who was in the playoffs in his second season, in the Finals by his third or Allen Iverson who was in the playoffs by his third year and in the Finals by his fifth, and Davis and Cousins are starting to look like slackers or, worse yet, Barkleys.

Together, however, they should own the boards.

The problem is that “Twin Towers” as a basketball concept, has a tendency… ok, I’ve convinced myself that it’s in bad taste to use a 9/11 reference, let’s just say they don’t work.

After the Houston Rockets drafted 7’4″ Ralph Sampson in 1983, you’d think they might have gone with Michael Jordan when they got that first pick in the ’84 draft, but they went with conventional basketball wisdom and took the big man, Hakeem Olajuwon.

It almost worked.

The Rockets team reached the 1986 NBA Finals, losing to Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics.

Around that time, the Knicks tried a little “Twin Towers” of their own when, after drafting Patrick Ewing in 1985 to play alongside their mainstay, Bill Cartwright.

Didn’t work.

Cartwright eventually went to Chicago for Charles Oakley.

Of course, the most famous case of “Twin Towers” that actually did work was that magical union between David Robinson and Tim Duncan in San Antonio that netted the franchise its first two championships.

Duncan and Robinson may have also been the only set of “Twin Towers” that didn’t clog up each other’s airspace, which has traditionally been the problem with such alignments.

If you thought about it, other than Duncan and Robinson, you’d be hard pressed to name a great center that both played and operated around a great power forward or vice versa.

Think of how you like to holla at the ladies.

Now imagine there was a dude that looked, dressed, and acted just like you.

Not saying he’d get all the ladies, but he certainly would be making a play for everything that was traditionally your taste.

Similarly, the notion that “Twin Towers” has been known to ultimately cause more of a glut than a bonanza to such an extent that it caused the Orlando Magic, who’d picked Shaquille O’Neal number 1 in 1992 to trade their number 1 pick in 1993, Chris Webber, to the Golden State Warriors for their first pick, number 3 overall, Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway.

So will Boogie and Anthony Davis work together?

Who knows?

All we can say for certain is that they damn sure weren’t working apart.

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Dickie Bhee is a self-styled lunatic, a Renaissance showman, a Class A, Grade A buffoon, a nigga that believes in the greatness of Niggerhood a social gadfly and a genuine Man About Town. Also: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E7NYMP4

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