The All-Star break is just around the corner, and with the rosters already set, there is plenty of intrigue heading into the big game.
Though there were quite a few snubs of note like Lance Stephenson, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, the stars will be in full force in New Orleans for the 2014 All-Star Game.
While several events like the Rising Stars Challenge and Slam Dunk Contest will excite fans leading up to the game, the matchup pits some already established superstars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant against emerging stars like John Wall and Damian Lillard.
Before the long-awaited contest tips off, here are the rosters, game information and a full breakdown for the East vs. West matchup.
What: 63rd NBA All-Star Game
Where: New Orleans Arena
When: Feb. 16, 2014
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Breakdown of All-Star Game
Just to make things clear, the NBA All-Star Game is exciting for one reason and one reason only: the offensive gymnastics that the best basketball players in the world perform when they get together.
Who will win the All-Star Game MVP?
In a matchup void of any sort of defense, the best offensive superstars like James and Durant are sure to shine. In fact, that's where we'll start with this breakdown.
There is a slowly emerging rivalry between two of the biggest offensive juggernauts in the NBA, and it's been fun to watch this season. While both are having great seasons once again, the question as to which player is better right now is being asked.
In fact, James said that he's jealous that Durant gets to heave up more shots than him, according to an interview with ESPN:
I get jealous sometimes when I look over at KD and he's like 16-for-32 (from the field) and then 14-for-34. [...] Man.
I'm not much of a forced-shot guy. [...] But there are games where I have it going, and then at the end of the game, I'm like, damn, I shot just 12-for-16? Why don't I get up at least six or seven more? I definitely notice it.
Needless to say, expect the two best players in the league to put on a show.
While both Blake Griffin and Kevin Love are exciting players, the pure shooters like Lillard and Curry will be sensational to watch. As for Aldridge, the MVP candidate has something to prove on the big stage and will be huge for his team.
George and Hibbert have been two of the best players over the last two seasons, but the fact that DeRozan was a surprise to make the East team should be a motivating factor behind his emergence in the game.
He has averaged more than 20 points per game and has been a star since the trade of Rudy Gay early in the season. With a recent string of strong performances—he's averaging 26 points per game since the announcement—DeRozan appears even more ready to shine on the All-Star stage.
With a cast full of amazing players and a few looking to prove they belong, expect an All-Star Game to remember in New Orleans when the matchup takes place on Feb. 16.
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