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DeMarcus Cousins named to his second straight All-Star team

Kimani Okearah

The NBA announced the reserves for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto today and Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has officially made the Western Conference squad for the second year in a row.  Cousins joins Peja Stojakovic, Chris Webber and Mitch Richmond as the only Sacramento Kings to ever make multiple All-Star games.

While this is Cousins' second All-Star berth, it's his first one being nominated by the Coaches.  Cousins made the team last year as an injury replacement.  The Kings are better this year, fueled by Cousins' monstrous January production.  No player in the league is scoring more than DeMarcus Cousins since the New Year and he's led the Kings to an 8-5 record in that span.  For the season Cousins is 3rd in the NBA in scoring and 4th in rebounding.  Cousins also leads the league in 30 point, 10 rebound games with 12 (Kevin Durant is second with 7).

Cousins will be joined on the Western Conference All-Star team by Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Draymond Green, LaMarcus Aldridge, Anthony Davis, Chris Paul, Klay Thompson and James Harden.

The Eastern Conference team features LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Kyle Lowry, Dwyane Wade, Andre Drummond, Paul Millsap, Chris Bosh, Jimmy Butler, John Wall, DeMar DeRozan and former Sacramento King Isaiah Thomas making his first All-Star appearance (the rights to Alex Oriakhi were not named an All-Star).

It's not unfathomable that Rajon Rondo could still be named to the team at some point as an injury replacement, but it's pretty unlikely at this point given he'd have to beat out guys like Dirk Nowitzki, Damian Lillard, Gordon Hayward etc.