Perhaps more so than any other era of professional basketball, today's NBA is truly a superstar-driven league. The All-Star Game is the ultimate stage for these players to shine, but not every All-Star candidate is created equal.
The 2013 NBA All-Star Game is fast approaching, and voting for who will compete just ended Monday night. The starters will be announced live on TNT on Jan. 17, during a special one-hour pregame show at 7 p.m. ET on TNT.
The Feb. 17 game should feature plenty of familiar faces and mainstays from years past, but there are a number of up-and-comers hoping to make their presence felt in Houston.
Being named an All-Star is one of the greatest honors in the league, but it is bestowed on only a select few, and just because a player has donned his conference's jersey before does not necessarily mean he will have the opportunity to do so again.
Here is who I am "buying" and "selling" as deserving of a nod from the 2012-13 All-Star hopefuls and how they have been performing this season. This hypothetical version of the All-Star vote takes place in a world where fan voting doesn't exist.
Statistics accurate as of January 14, 2013 and courtesy of Hoopdata.com.