I know that a lot of people are disappearing at the upcoming NBA season and I can totally sympathize. The team that has won 3 out of the last 4 NBA titles including the last 2 have now got even better.
Golden State now have 5 legitimate All-Stars on their team when they signed DeMarcus Cousins to a 1-year deal for the veteran’s minimum. They signed a guy who averaged 25 points and nearly 13 rebounds a night for $5.3 million….
The rich just got even richer.
Cousins obvious signed with the Warriors because he wants to win a championship right now and Golden State is now primed to go for the three-peat.
However, don’t write off this season just yet. The NBA season is a marathon, not a sprint and the Warriors have to navigate through a regular season and the playoffs before they achieve their goal.
Anything can happen in 82 games; the Warriors could suffer some major injuries, team chemistry could suffer as the fatigue of winning sets in and the Houston Rockets are no joke having added Carmelo Anthony. Cousins is also coming off one of the worst injuries an athlete can suffer in a torn Achilles tendon. Who knows how effective Cousins will be when he returns? Cousins is also known as a hot-head who can let his incredible will to win get the better of him sometimes. I always thought that was the bad situation he had in Sacramento but who knows what could happen this season.
While Cousins is on the sidelines return to full fitness the Warriors will need to fill the void at center with JaVale McGee having gone to LA and Zaza (still not over the Kawhi incident) Leonard moving to Detroit. Here some guys that could help the Warriors by providing a solid inside presence.
4. Emeka Okafor
Veteran experience comes in very handy when the Playoffs come round the corner. Knowing what to do and keeping a cool head is what can win you a championship. Okafor was once one of the best defensive centers in the NBA, now he has the chance to end his career with an NBA title if the Warriors made the right move.
Okafor is still a decent post defender who given the opportunity would see this as his last opportunity to win a title. He would be a very cheap option should the Warriors go for someone with experience and tenacity.
3. Jakob Poeltl
The Warrior have maxed out their salary cap for next season which mean they need cheap options when it comes to their role players. They need value for money and Poeltl the 3rd year man from Toronto could well be their guy.
Poeltl averaged 7 points, 5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks a game last season and is only owed roughly $3 million as well. He could provide the perfect amount of youthful energy the Warriors need until Cousins comes back.
2. Dwyane Dedmon
The biggest plus that the Warriors can offer is that they are the heavy favorites for the title this season. That’s why players like Cousins and David West signed for the Warriors for much less money than they are worth; winning a ring is more valuable than money.
Dedmon will be 29 before the season starts and has just has his best year as a pro for the Atlanta Hawks as he averaged 10 points and 8 boards. Atlanta is going to be terrible next season as they look to rebuild and my guess is that Dedmon won’t want much part in that.
This gives the Warriors the perfect opportunity to go and get a quality big for little in return and Dedmon has proven he can fill the role the Warriors need very nicely.
1. Greg Monroe
The Warriors need a solid, experienced guy who can come and do 3 things for the Warriors; defend the rim, score easy points and set good screens. Greg Monroe can do all 3 well. He’s long at 7 feet tall, he’s experienced and he wants to win a ring.
He is the perfect guy for the Warriors as he doesn’t need the ball to be effective and will be a very good training partner for Cousins as Monroe has always been a physically imposing player. He will set the good screens that Steph and Klay need to get wide open for 3-pointers and is an adept offensive rebounder to grab extra possessions that are vital for good teams to win.
Monroe has fallen off since his promising start to his career with the Pistons. Under the tutelage of Steve Kerr, Cousins and Draymond Green Monroe could use this opportunity to not only win a ring but kickstart his career back on track.