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DeMarcus Cousins gets most All-Star votes for a Sacramento King since 2004 but falls short of being a starter

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The final ballots are in for the 2015 NBA All-Star game in New York and as most of us expected, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was not voted in as a starter.  Cousins finished with 465,334 votes, 7th among Western Conference forwards and centers.  Anthony Davis (1,369,911 votes), Marc Gasol (795,121 votes), and Blake Griffin (700,615 votes) will start in the frontcourt for the West this February.  Stephen Curry and Kobe Bryant were named the starters in the backcourt.

Cousins' vote total was an increase of over 200,000 from last year's number and was also the most for a Sacramento Kings player since Mike Bibby got 483,861 votes in 2004.  Teammate Rudy Gay also finished in the top ten among Western Conference Forwards with 144,702 votes.

While Cousins was not fortunate enough to be voted into the game by fans, there is a very high possibility that he gets chosen as a reserve.  While Kobe Bryant was named a starter, he is unlikely to play due to a rotator cuff tear that he suffered Wednesday night that could end his season.  LaMarcus Aldridge is also dealing with an injury to his thumb (coincidentally enough, suffered in part thanks to Cousins).  Even without those injuries, it would still be hard to justify not selecting Cousins to the team as he's had a career-year.  Cousins is among the league leaders in Points Per Game (4th), Rebounds Per Game (3rd), Blocks Per Game (11th), and PER (5th).

The All-Star reserves will be announced a week from now on January 29th.