The NBA announced its three All-NBA teams today and DeMarcus Cousins made an appearance on the 2nd team for the 2nd year in a row. Cousins received 32 1st team votes, 28 2nd team votes and 33 3rd team votes. He lost out on the 1st team honors to DeAndre Jordan. No other Sacramento King received a vote.
To be honest, while an All-NBA team nod is still an honor, a 2nd team finish for Cousins is still a disappointment. Cousins is judged by many to be the best Center in the NBA and one of the best overall, and yet the team itself has not been carried upward because of it. Cousins' talent is such that a 1st team selection shouldn't be so hard to come by, but it's very easy to see why voters would leave him off of their ballots.
Cousins has proven he can put up huge numbers across the board against all sorts of competition. What he (and the Kings) haven't proven yet is that they can win. That's the next step, and when that happens, All-NBA team awards won't just feel like a consolation prize.
For a full list of the All-NBA teams and vote breakdowns, click here.