An interesting collection of talent, the Golden State Warriors are likely going to the playoffs. Adding All-star talent DeMarcus Cousins to the mix makes it even more than likely, it is expected. Favored by most, their odds to win the NBA championship are on an all-time high.
If they go and take the Larry O’Brien trophy once again, who will be the Finals MVP this time?
Many would say reigning Finals MVP Kevin Durant would do it again, or two-time season MVP Steph Curry will finally get a crack at it, but what about Warrior newcomer DeMarcus Cousins?
Here’s how Boogie can make a case for the Finals MVP with the Warriors.
Before the points are made, for the sake of transparency, parameters on this need to be established. The biggest of those being the idea Boogie is healthy and close to All-Star form coming back from his injury.
With that settled, let’s start with the first and only point: Death Lineup 3.0
Yes, the newest and the most devastating version so far. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins are going to destroy anyone in the playoffs. This will be the pinnacle of positionless basketball.
Why is the Death Lineup so relevant and dangerous? Aside from being the best lineup in the league, it is also the most devastating one on offense and defense.
The offense is based on crisp passes, ball movement, positioning and sneaky off-ball movement. Don’t get it wrong, each player is talented enough to create offense on his own, but the Death Line up easily creates matchup problems for the defense to easily score.
Moreover, the Death Lineup can instigate swarming switches on everybody on the floor when it comes to defense. It makes getting shots off the paint, perimeter, or anywhere on the floor pretty much difficult because of the coverage.
It is a known fact that Draymond Green is the engine that drives the Death Lineup. His ability to switch on five positions makes them go small ball easily, although the sustainability in a game will always be in question.
If DeMarcus Cousins can be Draymond Green lite or Draymond Green 2.0 those big bodies that were once Green’s become Boogie’s covers. It preserves Green and gives the Warriors another playmaker or initiator on offense.
Matched with a traditional big, Boogie can be a handful. He has developed a more than decent outside shot, a face-up, a post-up game, and he can actually pass well for a big man. He was averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks before he got injured with the Pelicans last season.
Having three magnets for the opposing defense in Curry, Thompson and Durant makes it a whole lot easier for Cousins. He’ll get to exploit mismatches and earn easy baskets on passes.
Aside from system and lineup fits, Cousins is playing with a chip on his shoulder. Proving himself will be his major priority this season. Factor in the fact it is his contract year, we might see a DeMarcus Cousins on a mission.
If he can be assimilated into the system seamlessly like Kevin Durant was, Finals MVP is not far off the picture.