SACRAMENTO, CA —- Today, the NBA named Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins as a reserve to the 2017 Western Conference All-Star Team. The honor marks Cousins’ third straight All-Star selection and the first time a Kings player will participate in three consecutive All-Star games since Peja Stojakovic earned the honors (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.
Currently playing in his seventh NBA season, Cousins is averaging a career-high 28.0 points (.449 FG%, .365 3pt%, .773 FT%), 10.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.2 blocks and 34.4 minutes per game in 44 contests, leading the Kings in scoring, rebounding, assists, and blocks. Cousins, along with Russell Westbrook, are the only players averaging at least 28 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
In the month of November, Cousins scored 30 or more points in four straight games in a span between Nov. 23 and Nov. 28–the first instance a Kings player has registered 30 or more points in four consecutive games since Chris Webber did so in 2001.
Cousins amassed 55 points on 17-of-28 shooting against the Portland Trail Blazers at Golden 1 Center on Dec. 20, the second time in his career achieving the 50-point plateau. His accompanying 13 rebounds and three blocks earned him the distinction as the only player in league history to record at least 55 points, 10 rebounds, five made three-pointers and three blocks in a contest. The Kings all-time leader in rebounds during the Sacramento-era, Cousins appears among NBA leaders in several categories this season, ranking fifth in scoring, 12th in rebounding and first in assists among big men.
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