DeMarcus Cousins has the endorsement of LeBron James as an NBA All-Star, but that doesn't mean the former LeFlore High School basketball star will suit up for the Western Conference when the 63rd NBA All-Star Game showcases the league's top players in New Orleans on Feb. 16.

Cousins ranks 12th among Western Conference frontcourt players in fan balloting, which ends on Jan. 20. The fans select the starting lineups for the All-Star Game. The head coaches in each conference pick the reserves.

The biggest star of the NBA's current All-Stars, James called Cousins an All-Star while assessing the Sacramento Kings after James' Miami Heat lost in Sacramento 108-103 in overtime on Friday night. Cousins, the Kings' center, had 27 points and 17 rebounds in that game.

Sacramento's victory over the defending NBA champion came after Cousins was critical of his team after the Kings lost 113-100 to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.