The All-NBA teams were announced Wednesday and for the 10th consecutive team, no King received first, second or third team honors.
The last King to make an All-NBA team was forward Peja Stojakovic in 2004.
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins received 14 total points in the voting with one first-team vote.
Chicago’s Joakim Noah was voted onto the first team at center. Houston’s Dwight Howard was the second-team center and Charlotte’s Al Jefferson was the third-team center.
Cousins had an impressive stat line this season (22.7 points, 11.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists), but the Kings’ record certainly hurt his chances.
Only one player from a team below .500 was All-NBA. Kevin Love made the second team for Minnesota which finished 40-42 this season.
The Kings finished this season 28-54.
For those wondering, I had Noah as my first-team center, followed by Howard and Jefferson.
I went back and forth on Cousins vs. Jefferson for the third-team spot. I went with Jefferson based on he led Charlotte, which was one o fthe worst teams I’d ever seen in 2012-13, to the postseason.
Spare me the “he plays in the East” argument. Charlotte was atrocious in the East, West, North or South last season. Jefferson had to carry an offense that besides Kemba Walker, had no one of note.
Also in the West, teams like Phoenix and Dallas both made improvements in a tough conference.
Back to the vote. After the All-Star break, when stars step up, Jefferson averaged 24.5 points and 11.4 rebounds while shooting 53.3 percent.
Cousins averaged 23.1 points and 11.6 rebounds while shooting 52 percent from the field. Not bad at all, but I went with the player who helped his team reach the postseason and more than double its win total from the previous season.
Cousins is an All-NBA talent, but until the Kings win a lot more games, he’ll be passed over for awards.
And no, Cousins’ technical fouls were not a factor in my voting. If that were the case I’d never vote for Blake Griffin for anything.
Forward Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (125) 625
Forward LeBron James, Miami (124) 623
Center Joakim Noah, Chicago (101) 551
Guard James Harden, Houston (73) 502
Guard Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers (86) 540
Forward Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers (5) 350
Forward Kevin Love, Minnesota (2) 237
Center Dwight Howard, Houston (9) 226
Guard Stephen Curry, Golden State (65) 489
Guard Tony Parker, San Antonio (14) 210
Forward Paul George, Indiana (4) 171
Forward LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland (2) 159
Center Al Jefferson, Charlotte (4) 191
Guard Goran Dragic, Phoenix (1) 115
Guard Damian Lillard, Portland (2) 115