The NBA will announce the starters for the 2013 All-Star Game on Thursday, January 17 on TNT, and there will surely be some controversy over who got snubbed. Between fan voting and coach selections, worthy players are certain to fall through the cracks.
So, when predicting the game, it's important to remember that life isn't always fair. A player in a big market often gets the nod over a guy in a small city. A player who's been famous for a long time is chosen over a newcomer.
This year, we're lucky in that so many fan selections are lining up with guys who actually deserve to go, a reality that couldn't have happened without fan favorites Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant playing some of the best basketball of their careers.
Ahead, you'll also find some speculation as to whom the coaches will select as reserves when the time comes.