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Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins makes All-NBA second team

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins smiles as he walks down court against Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 18, 2014. Picked fifth overall in 2010, Cousins played in his first All-Star Game this season.
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins smiles as he walks down court against Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 18, 2014. Picked fifth overall in 2010, Cousins played in his first All-Star Game this season. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Despite the Kings’ turbulent season, NBA media recognized DeMarcus Cousins as one of the best players in the league.

The veteran center was voted onto the All-NBA second team, the league announced Thursday.

Cousins is the first King to receive All-NBA honors since Peja Stojakovic made the second team in 2004.

This season, Cousins also was the Kings’ first All-Star since 2004 (Stojakovic and Brad Miller).

Cousins is just the fourth King in the Sacramento era to earn All-NBA recognition, joining Stojakovic (second team only), Chris Webber (first, second and third teams) and Mitch Richmond (second and third teams) .

Cousins averaged 24.1 points, 12.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists this season, his fifth in the NBA. For his career, Cousins has averaged 18.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists.

Cousins received 18 votes for the first team and 220 points from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and Canada. The media voted for first, second and third teams by position, with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis. They selected two guards, two forwards and one center for each team.

Cleveland forward LeBron James and Golden State guard Stephen Curry received first-team votes on all 129 ballots. They are joined on the first team by Houston guard James Harden, New Orleans forward/center Anthony Davis and Memphis center Marc Gasol.

Joining Cousins on the second team are Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook, Portland forward/center LaMarcus Aldridge, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul and Chicago center Pau Gasol.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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