Charlotte Hornets should consider signing Demarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
DeMarcus Cousins. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /

As the Charlotte Hornets continue to press towards their playoff aspirations, the team could consider signing a free agent to upgrade the center position.

The Hornets were interested in Andre Drummond before he signed with the Lakers; however, there is still a former All-Star on the market. DeMarcus Cousins could be the defensive upgrade the Hornets need in their frontcourt.

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Unlike other available centers, Cousins has seen a significant amount of minutes this season. Before he was cut by the Houston Rockets in February, Cousins averaged 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in 25 games.

Cousins could be plugged in immediately as the team’s starting center. As a starter, he’s averaged 13.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game.

One of the things I like the most about him is his ability to get back on defense and defend the paint. Cousins’ athleticism allows him to get back and play efficient defense, while also playing smart when switching on to other players.

His offense could also prove to be very useful to the Hornets. Currently, Charlotte does not have a center that has scored as consistently as Cousins. They also do not have a center that can score from deep. The Hornets would be getting a center that can score from almost everywhere on the court. Cousins shoot 37% from deep this season, the third-highest in his career.

If the Hornets are going to make a playoff run, they will need to make sure they have veterans on their roster that can score and defend. The team only has Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo playing center, and both of them are not as offensively gifted as Cousins.

Time is running out and the Hornets may not be able to wait any longer. Most of the free-agent pool is currently being picked clean by championship contenders and Cousins could soon be signed.

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