NBA All-Star Game 2013: Young Stars Who Will Steal Show in Houston

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIFebruary 14, 2013

Lillard is a front runner for Rookie of the Year
Lillard is a front runner for Rookie of the YearRonald Martinez/Getty Images

With the All-Star Weekend coming up, there are a lot of big names that people will be watching.  However, there are several young players in these events that will surprise the casual NBA fan.  Whether it’s in the main game, the rookie challenge or a skill event, there are several guys that will steal the show.


Paul George

With the absence of Danny Granger, George has become the star player for the Indiana Pacers.  With such a great first half of the season, George was selected to his first All-Star game.

Not a lot of people know about George, but he is a true scorer.  Whether it’s driving to the basket or taking a three-pointer, he can do it all.  When he comes off of the bench in the game, expect some surprising plays by the rising star.


Damian Lillard

There really isn’t another rookie that has taken over the NBA quite like Lillard has this season.  He has had a tremendous season, averaging 18.3 points and 6.5 assists per game.  He has had some big games against elite teams, including a recent performance against the Miami Heat.  He scored 33 points in the game, making 10 of his 18 field goals.

The Rising Stars Challenge will be a great place for Lillard to show the league how good he really is.  His quickness provides him with the option to either drive to the basket or create open shots.  He is quickly becoming one of the better point guards in the NBA, and the league better watch out.


Dion Waiters

With so much attention on the Cleveland Cavaliers going towards Kyrie Irving, Waiters has gone relatively unnoticed.  However, he has been a productive part of the team, despite it being only his rookie season.

Waiters will also participate in the Rising Stars Challenge, and he will be on the same team as Lillard.  The rookie out of Syracuse is looking to show everyone that he is the real deal, and he has the opportunity to do that in the national spotlight. 

Expect Waiters to have some big plays, and expect him to be playing a little harder than the rest of the players in the game.  There are few rookies that have been as underrated as Waiters this year, and he is going to prove to everyone that they need to look out for him.