What's clear is that, barring a setback in the next two weeks, Cousins is expected to be on the court well before the February All-Star break, as some have speculated. Teams knew that he wouldn't be available for much of the season due to his recovery from a torn Achilles' tendon.
After reports emerged that DeMarcus Cousins is aiming to make his Warriors' debut on January 18 when the club visits the Clippers, his teammates weighed in on the impending addition of the four-time all-star. It's certainly going to be interesting to see what his workload looks like in the early going. The 6-foot-11 center may truly never be at 100% since his ruptured Achilles, but if he can get to 90%, he should be just as dominant as he was prior to his career-altering injury. Join the Blue Man Hoop team! He was averaging a stat line that was never before seen in the National Basketball Association. In exchanging their bench depth for Cousins, the Warriors have upgraded their starters to an unparalleled level. Cousins was averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game with the Pelicans before getting injured. Those numbers, for a center, are insane. Although all of the Warriors' starters will see less shot attempts, they will instead gain better looks leading to a better conversion rate from beyond the arc because players will be forced to stick to Cousins to prevent him from either shooting a three or forced to double team him in the post.
Not rushed to be on the court, Cousins will have been sidelined for nearly an entire year. "Golden State plays the Clippers on January 18 and the Lakers on January 21", Stein wrote on his official Twitter page. That would be unfair to both Boogie and Golden State.