DeMarcus Cousins is set to make his season debut when the Golden State Warriors visit the Los Angeles Clippers on January 18. And the defending champions will not slow play the All-Star - instead, Cousins will get the starting nod at center when he first dons a Warriors jersey.
Steve Kerr says DeMarcus Cousins will start immediately at center. Haven't mapped out early minutes restriction yet.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 10, 2019
This news isn’t particularly surprising. It appears that Cousins has been fully healthy for a few weeks, and the team is waiting for his skills and conditioning to be in mid-season form before he debuts. So it only makes sense that he would start immediately.
That said, it appears he’ll be on a minutes restriction for a few games, which makes sense. No matter what his conditioning is like, you can simulate game speed in practices, so the team will gradually work him into the system.
We’re barely a week away from a four-time All-Star, who averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 1.6 steals per game a year ago, joining the Warriors. And that is very, very exciting.
With Cousins getting the starting nod, the Warriors will take a starting lineup completely full of reigning All-Stars to LA: Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Cousins.
Watch out, NBA.