The Warriors are already very good. They have four All-Stars, three of which are in the conversation as the greatest shooters of all-time. Well, now All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins is practicing with the Warriors G-League affiliate in Santa Cruz as he prepares for his debut in the blue and gold, which looks to be rapidly approaching. In preparation for the big day, here are three ways that Boogie can help this already-stacked Warriors squad.
3. Post Presence
The Warriors play a fun, pace-and-space style of basketball that nets their great shooters open looks and also opens cutting lanes for guys who can't. However, in the playoffs, this style sometimes doesn't work because postseason basketball is naturally slower and more physical with more effort on defense. KD can't post up and slow the game down alone. Just look at the Rockets series pre-CP3 injury last year. Boogie can help with that, and his 5.4 assists per game last year show he can find shooters out of the post as well.
The Warriors have made four straight trips to the NBA Finals and have unsurprisingly had some issues with fatigue over the past couple of years. However, Boogie has never even played in a playoff series. He will bring both new energy and some rest along with him, as having a ball-dominant big like him will allot the Warriors stars more rest down the stretch and even reduced minutes in the playoffs.
The Dubs' only issue during these past four Finals runs has been rebounding. Boogie is their first All-Star caliber center to arrive during this run, though, and his 6-11, 270-lbs frame will certainly help. Currently the Warriors rank around league average for defensive rebounds per game and are top-10 in rebounding percentage. But they are bottom-third in the league in getting offensive boards. Only the rich get richer, right?