DeMarcus Cousins met the media in New Orleans on Wednesday, after the trade that sent him from the Kings to the Pelicans was finalized earlier this week.
Here are seven things to expect when Cousins takes the floor alongside Anthony Davis for the first time, at home on Thursday against the Rockets.
Davis deferring to Cousins
Anthony Davis will want to make his new teammate feel welcome during his first game in an all-new situation, and there's no better way to do that than to make sure Cousins gets plenty of touches. Just like Steph Curry allowed Kevin Durant to take the reins early in the season for the Warriors, we expect Davis to similarly step aside.
A 5-4 pick-and-roll
We can only hope this happens: Cousins as the ball-handler, Davis rolling to the rim, and defenders having to make an impossible choice.
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A Cousins-Davis two-man fast break
It'll happen at least once. Davis will make a defensive play to get things rolling, the ball will end up in Cousins' hands, and the two will head to the other end of the floor while any defenders who dared to get back take cover to avoid the inevitable slam.
No technical fouls for Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins was suspended one game for picking up his 16th technical foul of the season, and after his teammates beat a very good Celtics squad without him, he picked up No. 17 in his second game back.
We expect Cousins to have (finally) learned his lesson, at least in the short term. He'll take it easy on the referees in his first game in New Orleans.
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Alvin Gentry staggering his big men
As intriguing as it will be to see DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis share the floor, it will be important for the Pelicans to figure out a rotation that works where each of them can shine by themselves. Alvin Gentry is a veteran head coach who won't hesitate to push the buttons necessary in order to figure things out, and will probably begin to do so the first chance he gets.
A sloppy game with plenty of turnovers
When a player of Cousins' stature comes to a new team, the first few games can often times end up a complete mess. Players are out of position, the ball tends to sail to a spot where someone was supposed to be, and defensive lapses are everywhere as the new player tries to fit in with his new scheme.
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A Pelicans loss
The combination of Davis and Cousins might eventually be too difficult for opposing defenses to deal with, but it'll take some time for things to come together as planned. In their first game together against a very good Rockets team, unless James Harden is too wiped out from his All-Star weekend activities, the Pelicans are likely to end up with the loss.