DeMarcus Cousins Named to 2016 NBA Western Conference All-Star Team
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Today, the NBA named Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins as a reserve to the 2016 Western Conference All-Star Team. The honor marks Cousins’ second straight All-Star selection and the first time a Kings player will participate in back-to-back All-Star games since Peja Stojakovic made three straight appearances (2002-04). Cousins is the sixth player during the Sacramento era and 23rd in franchise history to represent the Kings in the All-Star Game. He joins Mitch Richmond (six), Chris Webber (four) and Stojakovic (three) as the only Kings to make multiple All-Star appearances in the Sacramento era.
In January, Cousins has led the Kings to an 8-5 record while averaging 33.1 points, 12.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.5 steals...
Currently playing in his sixth NBA season, Cousins is averaging a career-high 27.3 points (.450 FG%, .341 3pt%, .734 FT%), 11.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.30 steals, 1.27 blocks and 34.0 minutes per game in 37 contests, leading the Kings in scoring, rebounding and blocks. He has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week twice this season, most recently for games played January 18-24. Cousins became only the fourth player to record at least 100 points and 25 rebounds in consecutive games over the last 40 years, joining Michael Jordan, David Robinson and Antawn Jamison by registering 48 points and 13 rebounds on January 23 against Atlanta and following that effort with a career-high 56 points to accompany 12 rebounds versus Charlotte two nights later. The 56 points set new single-game Sleep Train Arena and Sacramento era records and stands as the most points scored by a Kings player since Oscar Robertson set the standard with the Cincinnati Royals on December 18, 1964 against the Lakers. The Kings all-time leader in rebounds in the Sacramento era, Cousins appears among NBA leaders in several categories this season, ranking third in scoring, fourth in rebounding and fourth in double-doubles (26).
In the month of January, Cousins has led the Kings to an 8-5 record while averaging 33.1 points (.498 FG%, .439 3pt%, .733 FT%), 12.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.9 blocks and 36.6 minutes per game in 13 contests. He also leads the NBA this season with the most 30-point, 10-rebound double-doubles (12).
Sacramento Kings All-Star Game Participants
1993 – Mitch Richmond
1994 – Mitch Richmond*
1995 – Mitch Richmond (MVP)
1996 – Mitch Richmond
1997 – Mitch Richmond
1998 – Mitch Richmond
2000 – Chris Webber
2001 – Vlade Divac, Chris Webber
2002 – Peja Stojakovic, Chris Webber
2003 – Peja Stojakovic, Chris Webber+
2004 – Brad Miller, Peja Stojakovic
2015 – DeMarcus Cousins
2016 – DeMarcus Cousins
* Started that year’s game
+ Named, but did not play due to injury