Kentucky NBA roundup: Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins ‘just scratching the surface’

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There were 27 former Kentucky players on NBA rosters to start the 2017-18 season. SEC Country catches you up twice per week on how former Wildcats are faring. 

Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins’ sustained dominance

Things are starting to click in New Orleans for a team constructed around former Kentucky big men Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. The Pelicans have won three straight and are 6-5.

Davis and Cousins, two of the top-6 scorers in the NBA this season, combined for 69 points Tuesday night in New Orleans’ 117-112 win in Indiana. Davis was almost unstoppable, going 14 of 18 from the field including 4 of 5 from the 3-point line. He had 37 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks.

Davis’ performance made Cousins’ 32 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists look pedestrian. Cousins was 12 of 25 from the field and 4 of 10 from beyond the arc.

“I think our talent is different than a lot of bigs — there’s so many ways we can dominate a game,” Cousins told the New Orleans Advocate after the game. “And I think we’re just scratching the surface right now. We can get so much better.”

What does better look like?

Cousins is tied for fourth in the league averaging 28.9 points per game and Davis is sixth at 28.4. Cousins is third with 13.6 rebounds per game and Davis is fifth with 12.8. And on the defensive end? Davis is fourth in blocks and Cousins is sixth. Oh, and they rank first and second in the NBA with the most double-doubles.

Darius Miller, New Orleans Pelicans

Davis and Cousins attract most of the attention, but another former Kentucky player had a good night for the Pelicans on Tuesday. Darius Miller scored a season-high 12 points on 4 of 6 shooting. Three of those came from 3-point range. After not scoring in double digits in his first nine games this season, Miller has scored 11 and 12 points in his last two games.

De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings

De’Aaron Fox had the best performance Tuesday of the three former Kentucky players on Sacramento’s roster. The point guard played 24 minutes off the bench and collected 10 points and 8 assists on a 5 of 10 performance from the field. Sacramento beat Oklahoma City 94-86 as the Kings moved to 2-8.

John Wall, Washington Wizards

John Wall scored 23 points against Dallas on Tuesday. He had a big day from the free-throw line, making 13 of 18 foul shots. Wall’s biggest contribution came in the assists department with 14. He’s had 14 or more assists in three games this season. The Wizards were handed a bad 113-99 loss by the Mavericks. Washington is 5-5.

Malik Monk, Charlotte Hornets

Malik Monk is notoriously streaky, and after going 3 of 13 in his previous two games, Monk rounded into form on Tuesday. The rookie shooting guard scored 21 points in 27 minutes off the bench for the Hornets. He was 8 of 17 from the field, and 13 of those attempts were from 3-point range. New York beat Charlotte 118-113. Monk is shooting 27.5 percent from 3-point range this season.

Enes Kanter, New York Knicks

Enes Kanter is in a starting spot for his new team, and the Knicks needed him Tuesday. Kanter was 7 of 8 from the field for 14 points. He added 6 rebounds and 3 steals in New York’s win against Monk’s Charlotte squad.

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