Predicting First-Time NBA All-Stars in 2014

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Predicting First-Time NBA All-Stars in 2014
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For basketball die-hards, the NBA All-Star selection process can be every bit as exciting as the game itself.

Not to see whether anyone can surpass LeBron James' fanfare, or how many injured stars the casual fans vote into the starting lineup. The real fun is in seeing which young players will get their All-Star tickets punched for the first time.

It's a cutthroat business, as Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry can attest to after being denied his rightful spot last season. When there are more deserving players than roster spots, snubs are bound to arise.

But so, too, are those joyous first-time selections. A shooting star captured mid-flight, a rise the entire basketball world can stop and appreciate.

Barring injury, Curry's going to get that call this season. But which first-year participants will join him? And which ones will be forced to feel the pain he had to endure last season?


*Unless otherwise noted, statistics used are courtesy of and accurate through games played on Jan. 7, 2014.

**The 2014 NBA All-Star Game will be held on Sunday, Feb. 16 at New Orleans Arena.

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