Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is no fan of the process whereby fans vote for who starts in the NBA All-Star Game.
Big Cuz didn’t make the cut, though he’ll surely be named a reserve this week, and says the system is flawed.
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) January 27, 2016
Cousins thinks it’s “disrespectful” to those waging war in the paint on a nightly basis.
Per Yahoo! Sports:
It wasn’t a surprise that NBA fans voted retiring superstar Kobe Bryant as a Western Conference All-Star starter despite his struggles this season. […] The oddity is that if Bryant were listed at guard, the position he played for the majority of his career, instead of in the frontcourt, Zaza Pachulia of the Dallas Mavericks would have been voted a West starter.
As it stands now, fans are asked to vote for three frontcourt players (regardless of position) and two guards per conference as starters. […] “It’s disrespectful to big men,” Cousins said. “It’s not really fair. But that’s how it is.”
Cousins was named the Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday and has averaged 27.6 points and 11.4 rebounds this season. When asked what changes he would make to All-Star voting, Cousins was quick to respond. […] “There definitely wouldn’t be fan voting,” Cousins said. “You can’t base it off of who is on TNT and ESPN every night. Of course, it’s going to be most winning teams’ [players], the most popular players [selected]. The other guys that play for the Milwaukee Bucks, and in our case the Sacramento Kings, who are playing just as good basketball, will never be seen. I don’t think it’s fair.”