This past Friday it finally happened, the day NBA fans had been dreading for months. DeMarcus Cousins finally returned from a ruptured Achilles and made his season debut for the Golden State Warriors.
The All-Star Center ruptured his Achilles last January in a game against the Houston Rockets while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. Cousins signed a 1-year deal to play for the Warriors during the off-season this past summer.
Adding Cousins to the Warriors already terrifying “Death Line-Up” means the Warriors now have five all-star players on their roster, one at each position no less.
In his Warriors debut Cousins played okay, Cousins had 14 points including three three-pointers to go along with six rebounds and three assists. He unfortunately followed out of the game playing only 14 minutes.
While Cousins is still far from being 100 percent the Warriors implementing him into their system now is huge. This give Cousins a little more than 30 games to both get into shape and learn the Warriors system. This allows the Warriors to finally be at full strength once the playoffs begin in April.
Cousins provides a multitude of things on the floor for the Warriors. He is both a post and outside threat, Cousins is one of few centers in the league capable of punishing the defense on both the low block and from the three-point line.
He is also an outstanding rebounder and passer. The one weakness in Cousins’ game are his skills as a shot blocker. While Cousins is a formidable presence on the low block he is not a skilled shot blocker.
The Warriors were already in contention to be considered one of the greatest teams of all time. They are now again ready to potentially rewrite history with the addition of Cousins.
*Stats courtesy of Yahoo Sports*