The rosters were only recently finalized for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game, but it pays to always look ahead in this business.
With some three months of data to pour over, the hoops world had more than enough data to whittle down each conference to its 12 best.
There were some crushing snubs and a few head-scratching surprises, but that's the nature of this beast. With no clear-cut criteria to follow for the roster formation, it's impossible to please everyone.
Of course, that leads us to perhaps the greatest thing in the realm of professional sports—the debates. Rather than grading which selections the fans and coaches got right and which ones they missed, though, why not put a forward-thinking spin on that debate?
Now that we know what this All-Star class looks like—at least until any injury replacements are needed—let's see how they'll compare with next season's crop.
What could bump someone out of a roster spot? Maybe their team is overachieving and due for regression, their production is declining or they simply didn't deserve the one they got.
And what might upgrade someone to an All-Star level? Things like a clean bill of health, another year of seasoning or suiting up for a franchise on the rise.
With five first-time All-Stars on the docket, there's a different feel to this round of the world's greatest pickup game. Next season could see a similar amount of turnover, but these changes will bring some familiarity along with them.