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Forward: Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves—One-Time All-Star
Kevin Love has been spectacular this year. He is a double-double machine and is in the top six in scoring and rebounding in the league. He worked hard on extending his shooting range, and it has shown. He is shooting 38 percent from deep which is excellent for a power forward. This will be the second of many All-Star game appearances for Love in the years to come.
Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trailblazers—No All-Star Appearances
It was shocking that Aldridge was not named to the All-Star game last year. This year, there is no way that they can keep him off the roster. He has the stats and his team is playing well, so there is no excuse for Aldridge not making his first All-Star game.
Forward: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks—10-Time All-Star
2011 Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki has started off a little slow this year, but I will cut him some slack given his track record. Dirk is consistently in the top 10 in scoring while taking far less shots than the other members on that list.
Dirk's stats are a little deceiving. The Mavericks have been involved in only two close games this year, which means that Dirk is only playing about 30 minutes a game. His stats will improve and his selection to his 11th All-Star team will be justified.
Center: Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies—No All-Star Appearances
With the loss of both Zach Randolph and Darrell Arthur, Marc Gasol is the burdened with carrying the low post scoring and rebounding load for the Grizzlies. Gasol's averaging two more points per game than last season, and he is still in the top seven in rebounding and blocks. There are not many good centers in the west, so Marc Gasol should be making his first All-Star appearance.
Guard: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder—One-Time All-Star
Westbrook is a turnover machine, but that is because he plays at such a frantic pace. Westbrook has really stepped it up over the last six or seven games for the Thunder. He is in the top 25 in scoring, assists and steals. Westbrook will be making his second All-Star appearance.