LeBron James Believes DeMarcus Cousins Is an All-Star

Ben Leibowitz@BenLeboCorrespondent IIIDecember 28, 2013

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Following the Miami Heat's 108-103 overtime loss against the Sacramento Kings on Friday, four-time MVP LeBron James expressed his belief that Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins is an All-Star.

Considering that "Boogie" poured in 27 points, 17 rebounds, five assists and two steals en route to a gritty overtime win, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that LBJ would send some praise Cousins' way.

The double-double from Cousins was his 16th of the season in 26 games played.

Dec 27, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) drives in between Miami Heat small forward Michael Beasley (8) and power forward Udonis Haslem (40) during the third quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeat
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He entered the night averaging 22.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.

His play hasn't translated into many wins for Sacramento, but the plug from King James may aid his chances at making the All-Star team in 2014.

His averages in points and assists are both career highs, but Cousins is also averaging a career-high 4.1 personal fouls per game. He still needs to learn to play solid defense without fouling.

With that said, the big man's defensive rating of 107.1 (points allowed per 100 possessions) is the second-best of his four-year career according to stats.NBA.com. On top of that, his player efficiency rating of 26.6 ranks him sixth in the entire NBA, per ESPN.

Although Cousins was named to the All-Rookie First Team in 2011, he has yet to make his first All-Star appearance.

With the loss, the Heat fell to 22-7 on the season. Dwyane Wade did not play because he was resting the first game of a back-to-back scenario—Miami will play against the Portland Trail Blazers Saturday.