In the relatively few games we have seen from our own (hopefully) franchise center, we have seen glimpses of greatness. Shooting, passing, post moves, etc. And it has been exciting to watch. Flashes of brilliance that hearken back to the Kings glory days. Back door cuts, give and go's, over the shoulder passes, things we hadn't seen from our big when he played in college. When he played in college with a good point guard, at least as traditionally defined. We know Boogie can post, board, and even run with someone within that role, and be very good and very effective. The question is can he be more? Watching DMC play on his good days he looks like the lost love child of Chris Webber and Vlade Divac. If he lives up to that standard, how necessary is a true PG?
Now we all know the positions on the basketball court. Point Guard, Shooting Guard, Small Forward, Power Forward, Center. Or at least those are the traditional roles as defined the basketball gods. But in the recent past (if you count the 80's as recent past) and present, different players have been stretching and even changing those definitions. Magic Johnson played every position, Rashard Lewis and the stretch 4, point forwards like Hedo, Tyreke and the NaPG. Those are just a few of the examples of the player defining the position. Now what does this have to do with our own DeMonstrous?
During the golden era of Kings ball, there wasn't a traditional PG after the initial surge with J-Will. Mike Bibby was not a pass first facilitator guard. He was a shooter, and a pretty dead eye one at that. At his very best for the black and purple he averaged just above 5 assist per game (much like our own NaPG) Doug Christie was no John Stockton either. So a lot of the playmaking fell into the hands of our bigs. Now we were blessed to have two of the best passing bigs in the game, willing and able passers who could see the floor and deliver with speed, precision, and grace. It was not uncommon to see C-Webb or Vlade have the highest assist total on any given night. Now I realize that was a different coach, a different time, a different team. I know how we all want to relive those glory days and think of how good it was to be the greatest show on the court. Can the young mister Cousins provide that?
Does the emergence of Demarcus's passing game negate the need for that pass first point guard that we all seem to crave? Would a player who can shoot and defend (more than Beno anyway) at either the 1 or 2 position be enough without the need to put up CP3 level assist numbers? Would someone like Iggy (or Iggy himself if the trade machine truly is all powerful) be a the perfect backcourt fit with our ROY? 5.2 assists from 'Reke, 5.7 from Iggy, and 5 from Boogie. Another 2 assists or so from the other 2 positions and you are averaging 20 assist per game. A rather solid number for some good team basketball.
So tell me fellow denizens of StR, can this be. Could that be the return to "the greatest show on court"? Or am I reading to much into the numbers as approved by the Small Sample Size Institute?
P.S. Although I like watching him play in college and it is amazing, is Jimmer Fredette the second coming of Beno Udrih.