NBA stars normally don't shine forever (despite what Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan might have you believe), so it's a good thing that guys like Damian Lillard and Nikola Vucevic have used the 2012-13 season's stretch run to lay the groundwork for explosive campaigns next year.
Because as the old stars burn out, new ones will be ready to take their places.
Don't feel bad if you haven't noticed these guys; most of them play for teams that reasonable fans have long since stopped watching.
In addition to guys who've stepped up for lottery teams, a couple of promising, young upstarts have been playing bigger roles for playoff-bound clubs. Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls and Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs might be overshadowed by the better-known names on their own teams, but they won't be for long.
These stars in the making have already lit the fuse this year, but they'll be primed to explode next season.