Though DeMarcus Cousins ranks among the league leaders in scoring and rebounding, Western Conference coaches failed to vote the Kings center onto his first All-Star team.
Cousins, 24, could still make the 12-man squad as a replacement for injured Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver selects injury replacements and is expected to do so within the next few days. The Kings are 16-28.
The All-Star festivities are Feb. 13-15 at Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Cousins, who is averaging career bests in virtually every statistical category, is fifth in scoring (23.8 points) and third in rebounding (12.3). Though most NBA analysts and experts projected the fifth-year center as an All-Star, Golden State coach Steve Kerr, among others, said if the voting was close, the team’s record would be a factor in his decision.
The Western reserves announced today: Golden State’s Klay Thompson, Houston’s James Harden, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan and the Clippers’ Chris Paul.
They join the conference’s five starters – Bryant, Golden State’s Steph Curry, the Clippers’ Blake Griffin, Memphis’ Marc Gasol and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis – who were voted onto the team by fans.
The Eastern Conference starters are Cleveland’s LeBron James, Chicago’s Pau Gasol, New York’s Carmelo Anthony, Washington’s John Wall and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry.
The Eastern reserves announced today: Atlanta’s Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague, Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, Miami’s Chris Bosh, Chicago’s Jimmy Butler and Miami’s Dwyane Wade.