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Paul George, Indiana Pacers (second selection)
An emerging two-way star, Paul George could very well assert himself as one of the 10 best players in basketball during the 2013-14 season.
As long as he cuts back on the turnovers and starts hitting his three-point shots with even more frequency, he's going to live up to the hype. And there's a lot of hype.
Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers (second selection)
A true 7-footer, Roy Hibbert emerged as a dominant big man during the second half of 2012-13, and his production carried over into the postseason. Against the Miami Heat, he was dominant on defense and still had enough energy to knock down mid-range jumpers with frightening consistency.
Hibbert was seriously considered for the starting spot that Joakim Noah currently holds down, and he's going to be a near lock for the reserves.
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks (third selection)
After making the All-Star squad in both 2010 and 2011, Al Horford has experienced a two-season absence from the midseason classic. That changes in 2014.
Without Josh Smith on the Atlanta Hawks roster, the team belongs to Horford. He's going to use that opportunity to post the best numbers of his career, all while keeping Atlanta firmly within the realm of playoff squads.
Brook Lopez, Brooklyn Nets (second selection)
Brook Lopez made the All-Star squad for the first time in his career last season when he was selected as the replacement for Rajon Rondo, whose torn ACL prevented him from playing in the contest.
This year, no such stipulations will be necessary. Playing in a star-studded Brooklyn Nets starting five, Lopez will be able to focus on what he does best: scoring and blocking shots. And he'll excel at it.
Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics (fifth selection)
Let's basically consider Rajon Rondo the sixth man here. He's fully deserving of a starting spot in the lineup, but he's not going to get one because two more popular players also play his position.
Rondo is now "the man" for the Boston Celtics, and he's going to prove once and for all that his greatness wasn't just a byproduct of playing alongside Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat (10th selection)
Is Dwyane Wade slipping? Nope, but his role is changing.
The Miami Heat shooting guard is playing more efficient offense than ever before, offsetting the decline in the number of opportunities he's receiving. The fans might not recognize that, but the coach certainly will.
John Wall, Washington Wizards (first selection)
The only first-time All-Star in the Eastern Conference, John Wall will use the 2013-14 season to emerge as a truly elite point guard. He has to in order to justify the massive extension handed to him by the Washington Wizards.
Wall played like an All-Star after he returned from injury last year, and now he won't be sitting out the beginning of the year.