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DeMarcus Cousins On Bench Role: "I'm Totally Fine With It"

(via Bleacher Report)

(via Bleacher Report)

DeMarcus Cousins has been signed by the Houston Rockets in the offseason in the wake of Russell Westbrook being traded. Cousins is coming off of an injury going into next season, but he is a big name that commands a sizable chunk of minutes. With his injury concerns, however, it is possible that his minutes going into next season would be capped. On top of that, the Rockets signed young big man Christian Wood who had a good season last year.

As the Rockets give minutes to Christian Wood to aid with his development, DeMarcus Cousins could be asked to take a step back and come off the bench. Of course, coach Stephen Silas will do everything possible to play his stars together. But if the possibility of coming off the bench bothers some other players, it didn't phase DeMarcus Cousins in the slightest.

For someone that used to be a consistent fixture in the All-Star game that is a particularly humbling stance to take. Perhaps the bench role could help; we've seen former stars like Derrick Rose transition into being some of the best bench players in the league. That could be Cousins' future trajectory as a player: a prominent role similar to a star, but without the heavy superstar minutes associated with the title.

If DeMarcus Cousins can be a good 6th man while helping Christian Wood develop then the Rockets' signing the former Kings' big man will be a success. While Cousins may never be the wrecking ball inside that he once was, his shooting ability and offensive upside will see him bring lots of value to the Rockets' roster.