Though the 10 NBA players selected to start the 2014 NBA All-Star game vary in age from 35 (Kobe Bryant) to 21 (Kyrie Irving), they all have one thing in common: each of them graduated from an American high school.
Believe it or not, only two of these 10 All-Stars played their high school ball in the same state: Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant both split their time between schools in Virginia and Maryland. This group truly represents the whole of America, from the East (Irving) to the South (Steph Curry), from the Midwest (Dwyane Wade) to the West (Paul George).
When they all square off in Sunday night's All-Star competition, it will be a reminder of how far they've come and how bright their future still is. All-Star games typically celebrate established stars and protracted success, and this year is no different.
All of this year's participants, of this year's superstars will continue to chase NBA championships after Sunday night. But it wasn't long ago these current superstars were neophytes, young and inexperienced, lusting after the mere concept of an NBA dream.
Which All-Star has changed the most from his school school days, and who still looks young enough to get carded buying beer?