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'Cousins Should Be An All-Star'

Writers, Blazers guard Damian Lillard and more make the case for DeMarcus Cousins as a 2015 All-Star reserve.
by Steven Wilson
Writer, Digital

When the NBA’s All-Star starters were announced late last week, it’s fair to say Phil Watson of was a bit surprised.

“The leading scorer in the NBA? Grab some pine,” Watson writes. “In the top five in scoring and rebounding? There’s a nice chair for you right over there, pal.”

With Kobe Bryant swiping the shooting guard starter spot ahead of NBA leading-scorer James Harden and Sacramento’s own DeMarcus Cousins finishing seventh in the front court results, Watson believes the two are more than deserving to be selected by coaches on Jan. 29.

“In the frontcourt, DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings is having a monster season—currently fourth in the Association in scoring at 24 points per game and third with (12.6) rebounds a night,” Watson writes.

Read Watson’s full article by clicking here.

  • Cousins is currently tied for second in the NBA with 26 double-doubles this year behind Pau Gasol (27).
  • DMC is one of only three players to average 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds per game this season (LaMarcus Aldridge and Anthony Davis).
  • No. 15’s Player Impact Estimate is currently third at 18.7, while his rebound percentage is fifth (21.4) and his Player Efficiency Rating is 8th in the League (25.81).

Following last Monday’s contest in Portland, Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard - who also hopes to be selected by coaches - dished out high praise of the Kings star center.

“In my opinion, (Cousins is) probably one of the best bigs in the league, top two, top three bigs in the league,” said Lillard.

For the second year in a row, Big Cuz leads the Kings in scoring (24.2), rebounding (12.6) and blocked shots (1.72).

Dan Feldman of Pro Basketball Talk also notes, “Cousins played like an MVP candidate last season, and he’s even better this year. He’s averaging 24 points, 12 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 steals per game – marks hit over a full season by only Kevin Garnett, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bob McAdoo.

“If the coaches are intent on rewarding the best players, Cousins should be an All-Star.”

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