DeMarcus Cousins out to become a mentor for Jordan Bell, Damian Jones
While recovering from a devastating Achilles injury, Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins looks to become a mentor for the team’s young bigs in Jordan Bell and Damian Jones.
Cousins spoke to reporters during NBA media day, and one of the things he talked about was how he’s doing his part to help Bell and Jones reach their full potential.
“They’re my young guys anyway, so you’re going to teach the game regardless. You want what’s best for your teammates, you want them to succeed, so anything I can do to help in any way, I’m going to do that. You know, I’ve been in the gym working with Jordan and Damian so far, and those guys are full of potential. They’re like sponges. They take in all the information they can. They’re a big part of this team. They’re carrying the load right now, so of course I’m going to give everything I can to help them.”
With Cousins still rehabbing his injury, and the Warriors looking to ease him back into the fold, it will most likely be Kevon Looney and Bell who will be competing for the starting center position while the All-Star big man is out, with Jones having the odds stacked high against him.
Damian Jones has only played 15 total games with the Warriors in two seasons with the team. He has spent most of his time with Golden State’s G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors. With much-needed reps in the development league, he looks to take the next step as a fill-in starter on a championship team.
Jordan Bell, however, looks to have the upper hand and seems to be the right man to slot into the starting five along with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green. The 38th pick of the 2017 draft was able to crack into Golden State’s rotation last season. He has the knack to do the dirty work, and provide some energy on the defensive end, which could prove to be a good fit with the other four Warriors All-Stars.
In 57 games, he averaged 4.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.0 block while playing 14.2 minutes per contest as a rookie. Moreover, the versatile big man was also able to play some spot minutes for the team in their playoff run last season.
Whoever the Warriors use to fill-in for Cousins, he will surely be guided along the way by the All-NBA center. To keep it real though, it doesn’t really matter who starts at the five. The Hamptons Five is probably enough to beat any other five in the league.