Cousins may not be able to return until December or January due to his recovery from a torn Achilles, but the ripple effect can already be felt around the league. In response to the news, Steph Curry acknowledged that the third Splash brother is on the way, joining himself and Klay Thompson.
Throughout their championship run, the Warriors' Achilles heel—no pun intended—was the center position. The team has been able to get by plugging that hole with guys like JaVale McGee, Kevon Looney, and Zaza Pachulia. With the addition of Boogie, a top five player at his position, Golden State has no weaknesses in their starting lineup. While the vaunted Hampton 5 small lineup is still very much in play going forward, Cousins is quite agile for his size, providing head coach Steve Kerr with the flexibility to utilize his size when need be.
For the NBA fans who are once again proclaiming that we should just go ahead and give the title to the Warriors, it’s worth pointing out that Cousins is returning from a serious injury. He should be able to come back before the end of the season, but it will take some time for him to get into playing shape, and learn to the play in his new team's system. That could all come to a head by the playoffs when the Wild Wild Western Conference kicks into high gear.
Regardless of how this Boogie acquisition shakes out, one thing is for sure, the best team in the NBA somehow managed to get even better.