Last summer, the rich got richer when the Golden State Warriors were able to acquire DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins was injured at the time, rehabbing a torn achilles that forced him out of the last ⅓ of the 2017-18 regular season. Nonetheless, Golden State was able to bring him aboard, adding arguably the league's best big man to a roster that already has 2 of the best 5 basketball players in the world.
On Saturday night, Cousins made his debut for the Warriors, starting in a 112-94 Warriors victory over the Clippers. Cousins played 15 minutes, scored 14 points and grabbed 6 boards. Most of all, he looked up to speed. Golden State runs a high pace offense, and Cousins looked right at home. He shot 4 three’s, hitting 3 of them, and stretching the floor with yet another shooter on the floor for the Warriors.
These are great signs for Golden State, but warning signs for the rest of the league, especially the western conference. The Warriors are already the hottest team in the league, winners of 8 in a row, and 9-1 in their last 10. Steph Curry and KD are just unfair, with both averaging over 28 points a game. DeMarcus Cousins averaged 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds a game last season. Consider injecting these stats into the Warriors. The results would hardly be considered fair. Cousins will look to add his physicality to a lineup that is already full of scorers. Cousins is unique, offering range that is hard to find at his size and position. Look for Cousins to add a dimension to this Warriors team that has never been seen in Golden State before.
The Warriors will be looking to make it 9 wins in a row on Monday, when the LA Lakers visit Oracle Arena. LA will be without LeBron James and Lonzo Ball, both of which started in the Christmas Day matchup that saw the Lakers take out the Warriors.