The 2013 NBA All-Star Game should feature a batch of fresh faces ready to show the world that they're for real.
Early ballot results indicate that the usual suspects will round out the starting lineup. Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett lead the Eastern Conference voting while Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard are slated to start for the Western Conference.
Unless Jeremy Lin beats out Paul, there won't be any All-Star newcomers standing at center stage during tipoff, but there are plenty of seats left on the bench.
Veterans on the most successful teams tend to scoop up the reserve slots over deserving players rotting away on struggling squads. That line of thinking supports a couple of these selections, so a few of these players will likely not make the trip to Houston because of their team's record.
Players still have well over a month to prove their worth, so plenty can change between now and Feb. 17. Since he has only played 16 games this season, Kyrie Irving missed this list despite averaging 23.6 points and 5.5 assists per game, but he'll likely capture a bench slot if he stays healthy and continues to perform this well.
As of now, these six players should earn roster spots for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, their first taste of such an accolade.
Statistics contained herein are accurate through Dec. 20, 2012.