Demarcus “Boogie” Cousins joins the already stacked Warriors roster on a one year deal of $5.3 million.
After JaVale McGee decided to leave the Dubs in free agency and move to the LA Lakers, the Warriors were in need of another centre and managed to land 4 time NBA All-star Demarcus Cousins.
Golden State accompany arguably the best shooter to ever play the game in Stephen Curry, one of the best current two-way players and “catch and shoot” players the NBA has seen in Klay Thompson, the NBA 2017 defensive player of the year in Draymond Green and 1 time MVP and 4 time scoring champion Kevin Durant.
The Warriors have already been a part of the past 4 NBA finals winning 3 of them without displaying signs of slowing down.
Is the addition of Cousins fair? In a league where the Warriors already dominate, the inclusion of a top centre is unjust.
The 2 time All-NBA centre averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks last season for the New Orleans Pelicans, whilst also being selected for the All-Star game.
Although his role will be diminished in comparison to his time in New Orleans, his ability and wide skill set will remain undoubtedly, adding to the Warrior’s impeccable team success.
However, Boogie will experience an uphill battle fighting for a smooth and sustainable recovery from his Achilles tear in late January against the Houston Rockets. He is projected to make his return deep into the second half of the 2018/19 NBA regular season.
Even with a reduced role and lingering injury it is expected that the Warriors will have the potential to take their talents and capabilities to the next level on Boogie’s restoration to the league, lowering the chances of achieving parity in the NBA.