NBA Youngsters on the Cusp of All-Star Status

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NBA Youngsters on the Cusp of All-Star Status
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We are (or should be) well past the point of talking about players who were "snubbed" from the 2014 NBA All-Star Game. Aside from Kobe Bryant and Joe Johnson, everyone who's been picked to participate in this year's festivities in New Orleans is more than deserving of the distinction.

That being said, the list of those who were passed over this time around is jam-packed with up-and-comers who figure to be fixtures at the midseason showcase in relatively short order. I'm not talking about guys like Kyle Lowry, Al Jefferson, Goran Dragic, Monta Ellis and Rudy Gay—all in their late 20s, all with borderline All-Star ceilings.

Rather, I'm referring to young studs, most of whom have already shown flashes of greatness in their first few seasons. At the very least, these guys are all in their early to mid-20s, with the dreaded cross into 30s territory still off in the distance.

With any luck, these eight guys will get their shot at All-Star glory next year in New York or wherever the league decides to set up shop in mid-February thereafter.

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