It's something more.
Perennial All-Stars are must-watch athletes, but those who are attempting to follow in their footsteps deserve just as much attention.
Whether we'd like to admit it or not, Kobe isn't going to be around forever. Neither will Tim Duncan. Or Kevin Garnett. Barring medical advancements beyond our imagination, even the god-like LeBron will be forced to hang it up one day.
And when they do, someone's got to take over.
There may never be another LeBron or another Kobe, but that's not the point. The future of the NBA is constantly unfolding and there are currently a convoy's worth of players who are already shaping it.
Who are they and why must we watch them?
With the regular season nearing its conclusion, there's never been a better time to immerse ourselves in the potential faces of tomorrow, today.
*All stats used in this article were compiled from Basketball-Reference, Synergy Sports, 82games.com and NBA.com unless otherwise noted.