In a vacuum, DeMarcus Cousins is an amazing talent who is a shoo-in for an All-Star Game selection when he's healthy and the focal point of the offense. With the Golden State Warriors, however, Cousins' style contrasted with their up-tempo, bombs away offense is the classic example of a square peg in a round hole.
This wasn't exemplified any better than in the Warriors first playoff game against the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers. In his playoff debut, Cousins managed just nine points and was -17, while Kevon Looney, who operated at the 5 for large chunks of the game, was +29.
DeMarcus Cousins is -17. Kevon Looney is +29.— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) April 14, 2019
His defense was never his calling card, but it has been a disaster post-injury. He struggled to guard Montrezl Harrell in the post, and was blown by several times by rookie point guard Shai Gilegous-Alexander.
On offense, it isn't much better. The Warriors pride themselves on constant passing and moving without the ball. When Cousins gets the ball, the offense stops dead in its tracks. Pair that with a below-average jumper, and you get a recipe for disaster.
DeMarcus Cousins 4-12, 6 TOs, -17 in a 17 pt win (team worst), fouled out. Against a rookie and a 6-8 PF. Rough night. https://t.co/VFExthAxcz— feltbot (@feltbot) April 14, 2019
Hopefully in free agency, Cousins goes to an offense that will use his talents better. He might get a ring out of the Golden State experiment, but he doesn't look like a long-term fix.