When the reserves for next months All-Star Game are announced today, we expect Kings center DeMarcus Cousins to be included.
Cousins is averaging 22.6 points, best among players listed as centers, and 11.6 rebounds, fourth among centers. When you factor in that no centers were selected for the Western Conferences starting lineup Minnesotas Kevin Love and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers are power forwards it makes the case for Cousins even stronger.
So why wouldnt the coaches select Cousins as a reserve? Though his numbers say he should be picked, it might come down to a numbers game that doesnt favor him.
There are many Western Conference players deserving of consideration for the seven reserve spots (two frontcourt, three backcourt, two wild card), including Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Paul, James Harden, Damian Lillard, Dirk Nowitzki, Anthony Davis, Mike Conley and Goran Dragic. Plus, figure one spot goes to a Spurs player, either Tim Duncan or Tony Parker, because of their record.
If Cousins isnt selected, perhaps its because hes not as well-liked or respected by the coaches as some other players. Though he has toned down his on-court theatrics, in his first three seasons he was known as much for his fouls, scowls and flapping jowls as his play.
Would the coaches hold his past behavior against him? Its hard to know, but they are human.
If Cousins isnt selected, he still could be added to the team when the league names replacements for injured players, but hes earned the recognition that would come by making the team today.
What to watch I
NBA, All-Star reserves announced, 4 p.m., TNT: Will Cousins be selected for his first All-Star Game?
What to watch II
NBA, L.A. Clippers at Warriors, 7:30 p.m., TNT: Its a showdown between the top teams in the Pacific Division.
Who is the best center in the NBA?
• DeMarcus Cousins, Kings
• Marc Gasol, Grizzlies
• Roy Hibbert, Pacers
• Dwight Howard, Rockets
• Joakim Noah, Bulls
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At this point in the NBA season, who is the MVP ?
• Kevin Durant: 70%
• Paul George: 12%
• LeBron James: 12%
• Other: 6%
Total votes: 138
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