Greg Monroe isn't flashy, but what he lacks in pizazz, he makes up for in substance. He's a lot like Tim Duncan, minus the great shot blocking. Monroe can face up opposing centers, and he passes very well for a center.
The fact that DeMarcus Cousins has All-Star potential really isn't in dispute. It's just a matter of whether he ever grasps the mental aspects needed to become that type of player.
His case will also be further helped if he can transform the Sacramento Kings/Seattle SuperSonics, or whichever NBA team he ends up playing for, into a winning ball club.
"The Manimal" Kenneth Faried is a high-energy player, and he's an absolute monster on the boards. He's astoundingly fast for a player of his size, and his speed advantage has enabled him to drive opposing power forwards nuts.
Serge Ibaka could potentially win the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award, and his offensive talents are continuing to improve as he's assumed a larger role in the Thunder's offense this year.
While he's not relied upon very heavily, playing for a squad that is sure to contend for seasons to come will help him get the exposure and notoriety needed to make an All-Star team.
The No. 1 overall pick of the 2012 NBA draft is having a slightly disappointing rookie season, but NBA big men sometimes take a few seasons to come close to reaching their ultimate potential.
A stat line of 12.3 points per game, 7.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks doesn't scream future All-Star, but Davis has yet to even turn 20 years of age. His deft coordination and work ethic will help him take the steps necessary to make it.
In his first six games as a Toronto Raptor, Rudy Gay averaged 22 points per game while the Raptors won four of six games. He struggled on Feb. 13 in the win over the New York Knicks, but all indications are that his move north of the border is going to further accelerate his ascent into the elite class of NBA small forwards. It's somewhat astounding he hasn't yet made an All-Star team.
Jabari Parker committed to Duke. He'll likely be a one-and-done player for the Blue Devils, and he's currently projected by NBADraft.net to go No. 2 overall in the 2014 NBA draft.
It's a bit early to say that Parker's success at the high-school level guarantees an All-Star spot in 2016-18, but his NBA comparison on NBADraft.net is Carmelo Anthony.
They cite Parker as "ultra-skilled forward with an innate, natural ability to play basketball." He's considered by many to be the top high school player in the nation.
Andrew Wiggins is part of the recent insurgence of Canadian players coming to make a big impact in the NBA. When Wiggins enters the NBA in 2014-15, he'll become the seventh Canadian player to play in the NBA; joining Steve Nash, Jamaal Magloire, Joel Anthony, Cory Joseph, Tristan Thompson and Samuel Dalembert.
Wiggins is projected to go No. 1 overall in 2014 by NBADraft.net, and they give a rather lofty comparison: Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen.
They throw superlatives such as "freakishly gifted athlete," while also adding that he has an "unreal amount of potential." Expect the small forward to join Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavs as the best frontcourt players to hail from the great north.
Andre Drummond has displayed immense potential this season and while he hasn't seen a ton of minutes (19.7 per game), he's played enough for us to know with certainty he is no flash in the pan. Per 36 minutes, Drummond is posting 13.3 points, 13.7 rebounds and 3.1 blocks.
Once the UConn product is inserted into the starting lineup, whether that be late this year or next season, he should propel himself into the discussion for a reserve spot in the east.
Those who still think the Orlando Magic got fleeced in the four-team deal that made Dwight Howard a Laker obviously haven't seen how good Nikola Vucevic is. He's very gifted around the basket, and his touch is very soft.
He's the fourth leading rebounder in the NBA (11.4 per game) in addition to scoring 12.5 points per game.
Vucevic pulled down a franchise-record 29 rebounds while also scoring 20 points in a game against the Miami Heat on Dec. 31.
JaVale McGee's asthma might be the only thing that keeps him from becoming an NBA All-Star. It's caused him to play reduced minutes, and Kosta Koufos is starting in front of him in Denver.
He's a bit of a long shot to make an All-Star team since he is only playing 22 minutes a game this season, but McGee's talent level makes him worth a mention.
Shabazz Muhammad of UCLA is thought to have franchise cornerstone potential as a small forward. He's an elite athlete who NBADraft.net compares to Latrell Sprewell.
If Muhammad can avoid choking coaches and become the kind of talent Spree was, he'll make an All-Star team.
Honorable Mention: Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Omer Asik, Harrison Barnes, Chandler Parsons, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Tristan Thompson