Brandon Jennings, PG, Milwaukee Bucks
It would have been easy for Brandon Jennings to fade away in a Milwaukee Bucks backcourt that prominently features Monta Ellis, but the lefty has done the exact opposite: He's emerged as the true stud.
Jennings is always going to post a low field-goal percentage because of his tendency to play as a volume scorer, but he minimizes turnovers remarkably well while knocking down three-pointers and dishing out quite a few assists per game.
Plus, he's one of the better ball thieves that the Association has to offer.
Kyle Lowry, PG, Toronto Raptors
The new point guard for the Toronto Raptors began his time in Canada by putting up MVP-like numbers. He was absolutely dominant in all facets of the game, and that's by no means giving him too much credit.
An ankle injury prevented him from continuing his torrid pace and beating out Jrue Holiday for the second starting guard spot, but he's returned from the injury with a vengeance. Although he didn't dominate quite as much as he did at the start of the season once he returned, Lowry has still played like a true All-Star.
Dwyane Wade, SG, Miami Heat
If I had to guess, I'd say that Dwyane Wade will end up being the most controversial player on the Eastern Conference roster.
Some people—both Miami Heat fans and non-Heat supporters—will claim that he should be starting. Others will say that he's been just a shadow of his former self and shouldn't even be considered a reserve.
Both groups have a legitimate argument, as Wade has had a season filled with perilously high ups and terrifyingly low downs. He hasn't been consistent while slowed by a never-ending stream of injuries, but Wade is still an ultra-talented shooting guard.
Despite the off-games, Wade is still averaging 19.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists with a PER of 21.24.
Kemba Walker, PG, Charlotte Bobcats
Make it one more first-time All-Star in the Eastern Conference, as Kemba Walker has enjoyed a massive improvement during the first quarter of his sophomore campaign, just one season removed from a rather lackluster rookie showing.
The former Connecticut Husky and NCAA champion has been the spark that the Charlotte Bobcats have needed in their attempt to rebound from the worst regular-season winning percentage of all time. Kemba is shooting more efficiently—though his 42.4 percent from the field could still use improvement—and he's dishing out dimes with reckless abandon.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been the difference-maker on defense, but Kemba has contributed across the board and been the biggest reason for the Bobcats' quick run to seven wins, matching their entire total from the 2011-12 season.