What do Jeremy Lin and James Harden have in common? They will both be NBA All-Stars for the first time in 2013.
The global sensation and the Sixth Man of the Year are veritable shoo-ins at this point in the season. What’s more, in one of those typical sports coincidences, both will be holding it down on their new home court.
They’re not the only ones who will be making their All-Star Game debut. So many more will just miss their first opportunity.
The problem is, there’s so much talent, but oh so little roster room: only 12 players a team, 24 altogether.
Many of those slots are already taken: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker, Chris Bosh and Tim Duncan are virtual guarantees. That’s more than half the roster.
Depending on injury, you have Steve Nash, Andrew Bynum, Kevin Love and Dirk Nowitzki, too.
For the sake of this slideshow, we'll assume those 18 players will be making repeat appearances, leaving six open slots. How many of those will be taken by first-timers?
It won’t be all six, for sure, but let’s take a look at the six players who have the best shot at making their first All-Star cut.
Stats are through Thanksgiving Day.