Demarcus Cousins - As if the Warriors needed to add another superstar, they went out and signed DeMarcus Cousins to a cheap one year deal. This is good for both sides given Cousins is coming off an Achilles tear, and needs a prove yourself deal. When you add that this prove yourself deal is with Golden State, then things get even better. Cousins is likely going to miss the first few months to get back into game shape, and while there is no official timetable, January seems to be when Cousins would most likely see the court.
We think about the new era of Warriors, but there was a time they were not very good and also not loaded with four to five superstars. While not a household name, Erick Dampier has played a while with the Warriors, and had to have knee surgery in the 1999-2000 season. Dampier was never quite the same at his age after, and his career fizzled out. Baron Davis had some knee troubles when he was in the bay, dealing with surgery to clean out debris on more than one occasion. This caused him to miss some time. In 2008, you had Monta Ellis, which was an exciting time for Golden State with a group of scrappy young shooters.
Ellis was just that, and a talented guard for those few seasons with the Warriors. Once he left things didn’t quite pan out. Ellis had an ankle injury in 2008 that kept him out for a couple of months. Stephen Jackson had some bigger injuries, dealing with removing bone spurs in his big toe. As we head into the more successful years, Stephen Curry had some struggles early on. Many forget that he had surgery on his right ankle, and has had some sprains since then. Curry doesn’t catch himself with the injury prone tag, but he certainly has had some occasions with his ankles. Back when David Lee was in Golden State, he had a few surgeries to deal with, but one was on an abdominal muscle back in 2012.
A year later, Lee tore his right hip flexor and eventually had season ending surgery. It was also the same year that Brandon Rush tore his ACL and was out for the whole 2012 season. Rush never quite got back in the groove after that, which was a bummer after such a talented career. Jermaine O’Neal signed with the Warriors in the early 2000’s, and missed some time with a right wrist ligament injury, which required surgery.