Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is never shy about saying what is on his mind, and in this instance, he's got a problem with how All-NBA voting panned out last season.
The 25-year-old was selected to the All-NBA Second Team - which is not an honour to be scoffed at - after receiving 32 first team votes, 28 second team, 33 third team and 33 votes were not on the ballot.
DeAndre Jordan pipped him to the All-NBA First Team spot, but it seems that Cousins hasn't so much taken offence to being second to his Team USA teammate, but more to the fact that 33 people didn't vote for him at all.
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Boogie told Michael Lee of The Vertical that he believes “misconceptions about his attitude and passion for the game were responsible for his omission” from the first team. Cousins then proceeded to slam the voters responsible for keeping him out.
“I don’t even know what an expert is anymore,” Cousins said. “I mean, I had some guys, didn’t even vote for me, and that’s absurd. It’s a joke. It really is. It’s a popularity contest. It’s the guys who like them, it’s the guys they like, the guys they get to see on a nightly basis. I still don’t feel I get the respect I deserve. But I’m going to keep grinding. I’m going to stick with it.”
There are two sides to the story here.
In Cousins' favour, he averaged a career-high 26.9 points a night last term, along with 11.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. He finished fourth overall in scoring only behind Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and James Harden.
However, the Kings had a terrible season and it was a mess from the start. He constantly, and mostly publicly, collided with then-head coach George Karl and the team suffered badly as a result.
It would appear as though the latter took precedence with a lot of voters over the former, but if Cousins can concentrate on his game and make the headlines for the right reasons, an All-NBA First Team nod is firmly within his grasp.