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DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins has been out for nearly a year with an achilles injury, but it appears that the rehab has concluded, and it is time for the big man to make his return.
Cousins and the team have set the date of January 18th as the expected return date, making the Los Angeles Clippers the opponent. Without Cousins so far this season, the Warriors are 27-14, earning them second place in current western conference standings.
Despite the early success, Golden State could use the boost the the center position. Current starting center Kevon Looney is only averaging 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds so far this year, and these stats outdo all of the centers on the roster. Damian Jones, Jordan Bell, and Jonas Jerebko have all under performed at the 5 or stretch 4 position. If Cousins can return to being a similar player as he was before his injury, he will be much more influential on a game than any big man that Golden State has had in decades.
Cousins has averaged at least 20+ points each season for the last seven seasons, making it possible for the Warriors to have 4 different players on the roster averaging more than 20+ points a game. With Klay Thompson (21.6 PPG), Steph Curry (28.9 PPG), and Kevin Durant (28.1 PPG) all playing confident, Cousins could step in and make an incredible Warriors team even better.
There will be a period of transition for the Warriors, but look for Cousins to find it easy to mesh with this Golden State offense. After all, it is mainly the same offense that found a way to win 72 games and still make room for Kevin Durant in 2016. With a starting lineup of Curry, Thompson, KD, Green and Cousins, the Warriors will be feeling quite strong. Considering the chemistry that the core of the Warriors have built and played upon, don’t be surprised if the addition of Cousins to the lineup is a smooth one. This Warriors team is getting good at playing through tough times in their season, so adding Cousins will only make this team that much better.