NBA All-Star Game 2013: First-Time Selections Who Will Impress
The 2013 showcase on Feb. 17 features an impressive group of stars on the East and West squads, complete with some new faces that are sure to add excitement.
Here's a look at a few stars I see lighting it up in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.
Paul George, SF, Indiana Pacers
Paul George showed glimpses of his potential last season, but he has truly blossomed in his third year in the NBA.
The 22-year-old forward is an explosive, versatile player who can turn heads on both sides of the floor. He's averaging 17.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals, while shooting 39 percent from downtown this season.
He's a key reason why the Pacers have been able to survive without Danny Granger.
George's athleticism will be on full display in the All-Star Game, where no defense happens.
Kyrie Irving, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kyrie Irving has simply emerged as a force in his second season.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, Irving is averaging 23.5 points, 5.5 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals, while shooting 47 percent from the field and 43 percent from downtown. He has registered a PER of 22.39.
Irving's combination of quick moves, scoring and passing ability should make him a fan favorite in the All-Star Game.
Jrue Holiday, PG, Philadelphia 76ers
A quick, athletic guard, Jrue Holiday should have no problem showcasing his array of dazzling crossovers and spin moves in the All-Star Game.
While the 76ers haven't fared well so far this season, that has nothing to do with Holiday's play. The 22-year-old is averaging 19 points, 8.9 assists (fourth in the NBA), 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals while shooting 45 percent from the floor.
Watch as the speedy young guard makes defenders look silly and sets up his East teammates with dunks.
James Harden, SG, Houston Rockets
Which first-time selection are you most excited to watch?
Fear the beard.
After coming over to Houston from the Oklahoma City Thunder, James Harden has made the most of his opportunity as a starter, averaging 26.1 points (fifth in the NBA), 5.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 steals, while registering a PER of 23.38.
The crafty scorer figures to show off an array of skills in the All-Star Game this year as one of the best finishers in the NBA.
*Note: Slower players like Brook Lopez or defensive-minded players like Joakim Noah weren't added to the list because of the fast-paced, high-scoring nature of the event.
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