Kentucky NBA roundup: Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins forming league’s top scoring duo

The pairing of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins hasn’t yet proven to be a winning one for the New Orleans Pelicans, but the two former Kentucky stars have set a blistering scoring pace to start the NBA season.

Davis and Cousins have combined to score 60 points per game in the Pelicans’ first three games. Davis is third in the NBA, averaging 31.7 points per game. Cousins is the league’s sixth-best scorer at 28.3 points per game.

The pair of post pillars are also two of the best rebounders in the NBA. It’s only a three-game sample size, but Davis is hauling in an absurd 17.3 rebounds per game — second in the league behind Dwight Howard. Cousins is tied for eighth in rebounds with 11.7 per game.

Davis and Cousins are the NBA’s only duo who rank in the league’s top 10 in both points and rebounds. Despite the gaudy numbers, the Pelicans are off to a 1-2 start. The best teams in the league aren’t built around dominant big men, but New Orleans’ experimental pairing has only spent 20 games together dating back to last season.

For all of the combined accolades, Davis is on an individual record pace. He’s the only player since the 1983-84 season to have 95 or more points and 50 or more rebounds in the first three games of a season, according to Basketball-Reference.com.

Cousins and Davis combined for 49 points in New Orleans’ win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

Catching up with former Cats

Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns

Eric Bledsoe is still technically a member of the Phoenix Suns, but not for long. First he sent out a tweet saying, “I don’t wanna be here”  after his coach was fired after three games. Bledsoe tried to explain to Suns general manager Ryan McDonough that he didn’t want to be at a certain hair salon anymore. Yeah, right.

McDonough responded Monday saying Bledsoe “won’t be with us going forward.”

De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings

While fellow Kentucky rookies Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo are trying to find their footing in the NBA, De’Aaron Fox has put together a solid four-game stretch to begin his career. The fifth-overall pick in the draft had 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in Sacramento’s loss to Phoenix on Monday. He shot 7 of 16 from the floor, and although he came off the bench, he logged a team-high 30 minutes.

Skal Labissiere, Sacramento Kings

The Kings are pretty much Kentucky of the West with Fox, Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein. All three are having strong starts to the season for a young and not yet competitive ball club. Labissiere had 17 points and 4 rebounds on 6 of 10 shooting Monday against Phoenix.

There was also Kentucky-on-Kentucky crime when he swatted Suns guard Devin Booker.

John Wall vs. Jamal Murray

There was a battle of former Kentucky point guards John Wall and Jamal Murray in Denver on Monday. Neither shot the ball well, but Wall finished with a double-double of 19 points and 12 assists in Washington’s win. Murray had 8 points and 6 assists. The Wizards are 3-0. They dropped the Nuggets to 1-2.

Kentucky players in the NBA: Stats through 10/23

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