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James Harden, Houston Rockets
Houston's prized playmaker has what it takes to be a starter for the West, but unfortunately he's competing against Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul for votes.
The starting lineup's loss is the bench's gain: Harden will bide his time and wreak havoc as a reserve.
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
It seemed like some sort of crime to exclude Stephen Curry from the 2013 All-Star Game, so you can expect the coaches to get him to the 2014 game one way or another.
All he has to do is hold up his end of the bargain in the first half of the season, unleashing his usual shooting and passing barrage for the Golden State Warriors. Even if his 2013-14 output isn't quite as spectacular as his 2013 playoff performance, he'll still be in good shape to make the squad.
Curry is the kind of electrifying player that makes the Association one of the most exciting sports leagues on the planet, let alone in the U.S.
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Speaking of electrifying.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook is coming off a frustrating spring and summer, one in which he sat out most of the team's playoff run.
An early playoff exit by OKC only served to highlight Westbrook's value, and that's something the guard would like to validate on the court throughout the fall.
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
Now more than ever, the San Antonio Spurs are Tony Parker's team to run. They'll need him to direct traffic, distribute the ball, score from the outside and, most importantly, score in the paint.
Parker is on the back end of the prime of his career, which means he's still better than 95 percent of the league.