The Golden State Warriors already possess the most formidable team in the NBA, so it’s scary to imagine how much better they’ll be with DeMarcus Cousins on their roster.
Fans and rival players were in uproar when the back-to-back champions somehow secured the All-Star on a one-year, $5.3 million deal this summer.
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter recently accused the Dubs of “trying to ruin the league”.
Adding a fifth All-NBA player will make it almost impossible for other teams to compete with the Bay Area franchise next year.
Cousins is, of course, recovering from a torn Achilles but if he’s able to return to full health at some point during the season, he’ll add a different dimension to their offence.
Final piece of the jigsaw
A dominant low-post presence is the only thing the Warriors lack and they’ve secured arguably the best in the game.
That’s one of the reasons why Draymond Green believes they’ll be unstoppable with his addition.
“We can be as close to unstoppable as you can be,” he told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.
Green says the presence of Boogie has increased their excitement levels ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.
“We are excited as hell to have ‘Cuz’ here. ‘Cuz’ is a top-five talent in this league with something to prove,” he said.
Golden State will be the overwhelming favourites but other teams in the Western Conference have made big moves this summer to try and challenge them.
LeBron James’ decision to join the Los Angeles Lakers was obviously the biggest and all eyes will be on the purple and gold next season to see if they can pose a threat to the Oakland-based outift.
But Draymond says regardless of what their rivals do, they’ll never waste time worrying about other teams and looking over their shoulder.
“Teams worry about us. We don’t worry about nobody. We are the champs,” he said.
“Why do we have to worry about anybody? They have to worry about us. They say we are ruining the league. I love it!”
With two straight titles and three in the last four years, the 28-year-old has every right to be brash and confident.
The truth is that it’ll take something special to stop the Warriors securing a three-peat and the acquisition of Cousins will make it that much easier for them.
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