The NBA announced today that Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is the injury replacement on the Western Conference roster, replacing Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant for the All-Star Game in New York.
The game will be played Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden.
Cousins is the Kings’ first All-Star since 2004, when Brad Miller and Peja Stojakovic were on the team. It will be a first All-Star game for Cousins.
Cousins is fifth in the NBA in scoring (23.8 points) and third in rebounding (12.3).
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In the last 20 years, only David Robinson, Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and Kevin Love have averaged at least 23 points and 12 rebounds in a season.
When the All-Star reserves were announced Thursday, many were surprised Cousins did not make the team.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver selects replacements for the game. Bryant is out for the season after shoulder surgery Wednesday.
Other candidates to replace Bryant included Portland guard Damian Lillard and Memphis guard Mike Conley.