Former University of Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins was named to the All-NBA Second Team for the second straight season on Thursday afternoon.
The Sacramento Kings star, who received the second most votes at center behind the Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan, received 32 votes for the first team, 28 for the second and 33 for the third.
Cousins averaged a career-high 26.9 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks per game this past season.
According to the team, he joined Mitch Richmond (1993-94 and 1997-98) and Chris Webber (1998-99 and 2002-03) as the only Kings players in the Sacramento era to receive All-NBA honors in back-to-back seasons.
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Other former UK players to receive All-NBA honors include Ralph Beard (second team—1950, first—1951); Anthony Davis (first, 2015); Alex Groza (first—1950, first—1951); Cliff Hagan (second—1958 and second—1959); Jamal Mashburn (third—2003) and Rajon Rondo (third—2010).
The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry was a unanimous selection for the first team, receiving all 129 votes for that squad. Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James got 125 first-place votes and four for the second team. Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, along with Jordan, rounded out the first team.
Davis, a first-team choice last season, only received one first-place vote and missed out on All-NBA honors this time. The New Orleans Pelicans forward, who missed the last 14 games of the season with shoulder and knee injuries, was third among others receiving votes.
Davis’ absence reportedly cost him about $24 million. Davis had needed to make one of the All-NBA teams or be chosen as an All-Star starter — he was voted in as a reserve — in order to start his maximum deal at 30 percent of the league’s salary as opposed to 25 percent. His extension will now be worth a little over $120 million over the five years, instead of $145 million.
Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Karl-Anthony Towns, fifth among others receiving votes, and the Washington Wizards’ John Wall, 11th, were the other former UK players to receive consideration for one of the three All-NBA squads.
(Voting on a 5-3-1 basis; first-team votes in parentheses)
F LeBron James, Cle
F Kawhi Leonard, SA
C DeAndre Jordan, LAC
G Stephen Curry, GS
G Russell Westbrook, OKC
F Kevin Durant, OKC
F Draymond Green, GS
C DeMarcus Cousins, Sac
G Chris Paul, LAC
G Damian Lillard, Por
F Paul George, Ind
F LaMarcus Aldridge, SA
C Andre Drummond, Det
G Klay Thompson, GS
G Kyle Lowry, Tor
Others receiving votes (first-team votes in parentheses): James Harden, Houston, 106; Paul Millsap, Atlanta, 84; Anthony Davis, New Orleans, 76 (1); Al Horford, Atlanta, 76 (2); Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota, 44; DeMar DeRozan, Toronto, 26; Hassan Whiteside, Miami, 24 (1); Isaiah Thomas, Boston, 20; Pau Gasol, Chicago, 16 (2); Jimmy Butler, Chicago, 12; Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas, 8; John Wall, Washington, 7; Kemba Walker, Charlotte, 6; Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 3; Gordon Hayward, Utah, 3; Dwight Howard, Houston, 3; Carmelo Anthony, New York, 2; Marc Gasol, Memphis, 2; Andrew Bogut, Golden State, 1; Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, 1; Brook Lopez, Brooklyn, 1; Tony Parker, San Antonio, 1.