Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan were both omitted for the first time since 1999. Ray Allen, though absent in 2010, failed to make the trip to central Florida, and isn't likely to earn a spot now that he's coming off the bench for the Miami Heat. Amar'e Stoudemire's decline with the New York Knicks ended his All-Star streak at five appearances since suffering a knee injury in 2005.
Such is part of the natural order of the All-Star Game.
Every year, the league's ranks of worthy attendees fluctuate while the allotment of "golden tickets"—24, barring injuries—remains constant. Injuries, age and general regression all play a part in clearing out space for the NBA's rising stars from year to year.
This year will be no different.
The 2013 edition in Houston will almost certainly feature more than a few fresh faces, albeit at the expense of some of the usual suspects. Among The Association's most frequent All-Star weekend fliers, these five are most squarely in the firing line.