Year after year, the leaves change, the seasons turn...and new names approach the star-studded stratosphere atop the NBA.
Last season saw a slew of precocious youngsters take that all-important next step. John Wall, Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, Damian Lillard and Stephen Curry all made their respective All-Star debuts in the same game that saw Kyrie Irving walk away as the MVP. Lillard and Curry played well enough over the duration of the 2013-14 campaign to earn All-NBA nods at its conclusion.
The pipeline that carried these and other standouts into the limelight figures to flow just as fast and furiously into and through the 2014-15 season as well. It's already lifted many of them to Las Vegas for Team USA's training camp in Las Vegas, either as hopefuls to join the seniors at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain or as practice participants on the Select squad.
Both of those outfits are currently littered with guys who've yet to garner All-Star or All-NBA consideration, though these five stars on the rise figure to find themselves in those conversations once summer gives way to fall, winter and spring.