Los Angeles Lakers: Is Dwight Howard A Good Replacement for DeMarcus Cousins

Last week when I heard Los Angeles Laker’s power forward/center DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, my heart dropped and immediately felt boundless sympathy for Cousins. Even worse, Laker fans’ spirits were further ruined when it was reported that the Los Angeles Laker’s number one prospect to replace Cousins was Memphis Grizzlies’ Center, Dwight Howard.

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Unfortunately, a slew of disastrous injuries has marred Cousins career. Subsequently, Cousins lost substantial time on the court. Along with a Mike Tyson heavyweight amount of money put in jeopardy.

When healthy Cousins is without question a 1st team All-NBA Forward/Center. Despite missing an extraordinary amount of time recently, Cousins averages an astounding 21.2 points. He also averages 11 rebounds per game for his 10 year NBA career. He easily is either the top 2 or 3 most dominant powerful forward/centers in the league. Cousins’ potential and production on the floor was so impressive during the 2013 season, he signed a 4-year, $62M maximum contract extension with his original team Sacramento Kings.

Additionally, according to reports, Cousins was becoming eligible to be the recipient of a max contract. A whopping 5-year, $200M plus extension during his 2018 free agency, courtesy of the new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). However, in 2017 DeMarcus Cousins was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans and joined his former collegiate Kentucky Wildcats teammate, superstar power forward/center Anthony Davis.

During their time together Cousins played exceptionally well, averaging an undeniable 25 points and 13 rebounds per game. However, Cousins was all done booking when he severely injured his Achilles tendon just weeks before the 2018 NBA All-Star game. There were multiple reports that Cousins turned down the New Orleans Pelicans offer of a 2-year $40M dollar contract. Prior to his injury, he would have commanded a 4-year contract, worth well over $100M.

In 2018, Cousins shook up the entire NBA community. He signed a one-year, $5.3M contract with the defending 2-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors. Cousins contributed a noticeable 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game when he played. Yet his presence was short-lived. His hopes of receiving a maximum deal, which his talents deserve, vanished when Cousins injured his quad in the playoffs this past season. Cousin had an insulated excuse to shut it down and not play again. However, indicative to his strong work ethic, relentless will to win, and commitment to his teammates, Cousins returned just in time for the NBA playoffs.

As a child, I recall “my momma” telling me, “History repeats itself, but opportunities do not”.

During this year’s 2019 NBA free agency, Cousins signed a one-year, $3.5M contract in July with the LeBron “King” James- led Los Angeles Lakers. Additionally, Cousins was on schedule to reunite with Anthony Davis. AD, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, helped convince Cousins to join the Lakers despite the Miami Heat’s interest in Cousins. Sadly, all that discussion and hope will remain in fantasy land.

The Lakers expect Cousins to miss the entire 2019 season. The Lakers are actively pursuing Dwight Howard who seems suited to play in Ice Cube’s Big Three basketball league, rather than be entrusted with playing as an integral part of “King” James’ led Lakers championship run.

Who do you think should replace DeMarcus Cousins? Does Dwight Howard fit? Leave a comment below.

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