Training camp has not been kind to the NBA's collection of rising stars. Injuries to John Wall and Eric Gordon, along with the length of recovery of Ricky Rubio, have put a bit of a damper on the lofty expectations abounding among the league's young and restless.
Not that there aren't plenty of other breakout candidates on tap, ones who could do worse than pull a Jason Terry by predicting the future via tattoo. Cracking the All-Star Game will be no easy feat for any first-time hopeful, not with only 12 spots per team to fill and so many incumbents likely to play their way to Houston in February.
But if there's going to be significant turnover in the field, expect these five youngsters to be first in line to make like boisterous upstarts and steal seats from their established elders.