Former Kentucky stars and current New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins were named starters for the NBA All-Star Game on Thursday.
Davis will be playing in his fifth consecutive All-Star game while Cousins was named an All-Star for the fourth time. It’ll be the first time since 2011 (Chris Paul and Tim Duncan/Wake Forest) when a school had two former players start an All-Star game.
Davis is averaging 26.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. He’s shooting 56 percent from the field and 35 percent from the 3-point line.
Cousins is averaging 25.3 points, 12.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.6 steals per game. He’s shooting 47 percent from the field and 35 percent from the 3-point line. It’s his first time to be named a starter for the All-Star game.
Cousins ranks second in the NBA with 34 double-doubles, only behind Karl-Anthony Towns’ 38. Davis is eighth in the league with 23 double-doubles.
Cousins is in his eighth NBA season while Davis is playing his sixth.
The former Kentucky stars were voted in by fellow players, fans and media members.
The 2018 NBA All-Star Game is Feb. 18 in Los Angeles.