NBA All-Star Game 2013: Players with Most to Gain in Houston

Aaron Siegal-EismanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2013

Jan. 12, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving during the game against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Cavaliers defeated the Suns 101-90. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The All-Star Game brings the top players in the NBA on one court for a spectacle to the fans. Every All-Star Game has talented stars who have experience in this game and players who are getting their feet wet because of their youth in the league.

The country will see a major show from players like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant, who have been on All-Star teams numerous times. But also, there are seven first-time selections, including six on the Eastern Conference team.

This is the stage for these newcomers to have an excellent game, even with inexperience in this game. Certainly, should be a game of entertainment and talent converging to provide one heck of a show.

Here are some players with the most to gain from the All-Star Game:

Paul George

The injury to Danny Granger has allowed Paul George to become one of the rising stars of the NBA. He is averaging 17.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and four assists per game. George's stats have helped him earn his first spot on the All-Star team. 

The All-Star Game will be a chance for people to see how his talent compares to the rest of the players on the court. If George can have an excellent game, then that will show the country that he is one of the future stars of the league.

David Lee

Although this is not David Lee's first time in the All-Star Game, this is the year that Lee can really make his mark in this big environment. Lee is averaging 19 points and 10.8 rebounds per game in his eighth year in the league.

Lee needs to use his minutes on the court to be productive and show why he's one of the top power forwards in the Western Conference.

Kyrie Irving

Just like George, Kyrie Irving is an excellent young talent that earned his first appearance in the All-Star Game. It's obvious that Irving is one of the young stars of the league and needs to play like that in this game.

Irving can gain a lot of notoriety with an impressive performance in this game. He needs to show his ability to score from all over the court and make excellent passes to his Eastern Conference teammates.