That’s not really much of a debate, except in the minds of some All-Star voters. In case you missed it, the first round of fan voting for the NBA All-Star Game came out last week, and if they stood Pachulia would be a starter. The people of Georgia have spoken — not the state, but the country (where Pachulia was born). This is why the NBA tweaked the voting formula to give the media and players half the voting power (not that the player votes are always serious).
DeMarcus Cousins is sixth. Which seems low, but you can certainly defend voting for four of the guys above him.
1. Kevin Durant (GS) 541,209
2. Zaza Pachulia (GS) 439,675
3. Kawhi Leonard (SA) 341,240
4. Anthony Davis (NO) 318,144
5. Draymond Green (GS) 236,315
6. DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) 202,317
But Pachulia? Sacramento radio host Carmichael Dave asked Cousins about that, and the All-NBA center pulled out the sarcasm card (hat tip For The Win).
“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.”
Again, sarcasm. And well done sarcasm, at that.
Cousins may not start, but it’s hard to imagine him not being in New Orleans for the game, selected by the coaches as a reserve.
Go watch the entire Cousins interview, when he’s comfortable he’s funny.