New Orleans Pelicans forwards Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins have been named starters in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, the league announced today.
Davis won 2017 All-Star Game MVP in New Orleans while Cousins was limited to less than three minutes of playing time as his trade from the Sacramento Kings was simultaneously being finalized. It's his first time to be named a starter for the All-Star game.
Davis is averaging 26.7 points and 10.5 rebounds in 38 games this season while shooting 55.7 percent from the field. His 1.9 nERD rating has him ranked 58th out of 483 National Basketball Association players this season.
Cousins is averaging 25.3 points, 12.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.6 steals per game. Davis has produced 16 30-point games and two 40-point games, including a season-high 48 points on January 14 at NY, and a league-leading twelve 30-point, 10-rebound performances.
Cousins ranks second in the National Basketball Association with 34 double-doubles, only behind Karl-Anthony Towns' 38.
It will be Davis' fifth consecutive All-Star appearance and the second straight year he was chosen as a starter.
James (2,638,294 votes) and Curry (2,379,494 votes) were the two players chosen as this year's captains, and there's a possibility that Davis and Cousins will have to face each other on opposite teams. As the top overall finisher in fan voting, James will make the first pick.