When the Golden State Warriors visited the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, it gave DeMarcus Cousins a chance to go up against the player leading him by more than 200,000 votes in the Western Conference All-Star balloting, Zaza Pachulia.
Despite getting owned in almost all statistical categories this season by Cousins, the 32-year-old Georgian has received a lot of votes from his fellow countrymen and also from fans from other European countries. Last season, he barely missed being named a starter and his supporters are doing their best for that not to happen anymore.
Cousins sarcastically trolled Pachulia recently and said he needs to work on his game more to be at the same level as him. He even went as far as saying that he is a “better” player than him at this point.
“Big Zaza, man … I gotta work on my game. I gotta get better. It’s like that sometimes. He’s a better player than me right now. I gotta accept it … he’s just giving me something to work towards”
If the All-Star voting would have ended today, Pachulia will be starting in the West’s frontcourt together with his teammate Kevin Durant and San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard. With still a few more weeks left before the ballots close, it will interesting to see if he can maintain his lead over Cousins and shock everyone by starting over him even with his pedestrian averages of 5.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game.