DeMarcus Cousins not selected to 2014 NBA All-Star Game
DeMarcus Cousins has not been selected to be an NBA All-Star. The league announced the Sacramento Kings starting center was not named a Western Conference reserve for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game.
Cousins doesn’t make the team despite averaging a career-best 22.6 points and 11.6 rebounds per game this season. He is one of three players in the league currently averaging at least 22 points and 11 rebounds a game (Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers are the other two).
Cousins also possesses the longest double-double streak in the NBA this season. Before missing the last four contests with a sprained left ankle, Cousins posted 15 straight double-doubles, besting the 13-game mark previously set by Love and Clippers guard Chris Paul earlier this year.
Cousins would’ve became the Kings’ first All-Star selection since Peja Stojakovic and Brad Miller were chosen in 2004. The Kings have had 22 players selected as All-Stars in franchise history and five since the team moved to Sacramento in 1985.
There’s still a chance that Cousins could receive a last minute invite to New Orleans. With injuries to several players who are expected to be All-Stars, Cousins could get the nod as replacement from incoming NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Among those injured is Kobe Bryant, who was voted by fans to start the game. He not expected to play due to an injured left knee.
The league’s 63rd annual All-Star Game takes place Sunday, Feb. 16 at the New Orleans Arena.