NBA Twitter was at its most divisive recently after a tweet asked people to rank Prime Boogie, Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid.
The comments were as heated as they were controversial, with people arguing the case for all three.
DeMarcus Cousins provided a glimpse of the old Boogie recently.
Cousins was waived by the Houston Rockets earlier in the season before signing a couple of 10-day contracts with the Clippers. He was eventually signed up the end of the season, and saw increasing minutes this postseason with Ivica Zubac out.
Cousins made the most of his on-court opportunity in Game 5, though. He scored 15 points in his 11 minutes out on the floor.
It was a postseason career-high for the big man and provided a glimpse into what Sacramento Boogie was capable of.
Prime Boogie was an elite big man
The four-time NBA All-Star has been on quite the journey in recent years. After leaving the Kings he spent time with the Pelicans, Warriors, Rockets, and Lakers.
However, before all that, Cousins was the man in Sacramento.
With the Kings, DeMarcus established himself as one of – if not the – most dominant bigs in the game. A talented yet often temperamental center, Cousins was elite at banging bodies, posting up, and dominating the paint.
Injuries ravaged his prime years
He was also a more than competent three-point shooter, perhaps not as great a shooter as someone like Nikola Jokic or Al Horford in recent years, but still pretty proficient.
Cousins was simply an offensive juggernaut, exemplified by his career-high 55 points in a 126–121 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in 2016.
Whether the game changed or injuries simply caught up with him (Cousins ruptured his achilles, tore his quad, and tore his ACL in a relatively short space of time), he’s sadly never been able to replicate his Sacramento days.
Twitter debates Prime Boogie, Jokic, and Embiid
With all that in mind, let’s move onto to NBA Twitter’s latest, most heated debate.
Hoop Central put up a fairly straightforward tweet, asking people to rank Prime Boogie, Nikola Jokic, and Joel Embiid.
However, the replies were anything but straightforward, with many making the case for Prime Boogie, and others suggesting Embiid/Jokic are a different level.
It’s certainly a tough one to call. In just a matter of a few years the game has changed so much.
Jokic is this year’s MVP, and joining the likes of Wilt and Kareem in the history books, so it’s hard not to go with him as the no.1.
Embiid and Prime Boogie? We’ll let you decide.