Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has revealed that his newest superstar will function in a role similar to the one David West fulfilled for the team before he called curtains on his NBA career.
DeMarcus Cousins, who joined the star-studded Dubs over the summer, is still recovering from an Achilles injury. But he has begun practicing in two-on-two and three-on-three situations, with Kerr already making plans for his return.
“I think you’ll see us use him in that David West role from the last couple years, when David anchored the second unit,” Kerr told KNBR 680 this week.
“I think you’ll see us play through DeMarcus once he’s back, and we’ll put him on the low block and have guys cutting around him.
“The other thing that we can do that we haven’t really had a big capable of doing since I’ve been here, is putting him in some high screens and popping him out to the 3-point line.
“He’s a really good 3-point shooter, he’s got amazing soft hands, soft touch, and then he can pass from out there too.
“So it’s going to be fun to try and experiment with him and to try to find the right niche for him, and I know he’s excited and we’re all excited, but in the meantime it’s fun to watch Damian Jones and he’s come along and had a great start to the season.”
The Warriors are doing just fine without Cousins for the time being. They are, after all, mostly the same group who won the NBA title the last two seasons.
It's quite scary to imagine how formidable they will be when he's added to the mix. And, of course, unseating them will take some doing.
So far, Kerr's side has won four of their five games to start the season, with Steph Curry averaging a whopping 34.6 points. The guard scored 51 points in his last outing, hitting 11 threes to help his side beat the Washington Wizards 144-122 on Wednesday night.