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Consider this an early look at notable snubs or surprising performers who may flirt with an All-Star selection.
Lucky for these guys that we don't use All-Star berths to define success.
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
DeMarcus Cousins should have made a trip to the dance last year, but he's DeMarcus Cousins, the stigma-shouldering big man whose public persona hasn't yet turned completely.
That the NBA hands out position-less ballots these days doesn't help, either. Not with Dwight Howard and Marc Gasol forever lurking in plain sight.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
This is both funny and not a joke.
The shooting guard position is thin, and the Bucks are still the Bucks (built to lose). Giannis Antetokounmpo figures to have a great year and could emerge as one of those surprising outsiders you're compelled to acknowledge.
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
Look, the thing is, as long as Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are in town, Kawhi Leonard won't have the regular-season responsibilities of an All-Star.
He'll just have to settle for looking at his 2014 NBA Finals MVP trophy. Oh, and his championship ring, too.
Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns
Goran Dragic most definitely should have made the team last year. He didn't, and he's probably not going to make it next year.
Not only is he competing with guys like Russell Westbrook, Curry, Lillard and Parker for a reserve spot, but the Western Conference roster might be thrown for a whirl because of...