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Not all these ballers will reach the All-Star plateau. But they all have a chance, and a handful will make the possibility a reality.
Bruno Caboclo, Toronto Raptors F: The Raps rolled the dice on this obscure Brazilian because his ceiling is extremely intriguing. He's 6'9" and rangy, and he's got inside-out potential as a shooter and slasher. If his offensive game expands over the next couple years, he will be considered more of a draft steal rather than a reach.
Elfrid Payton, Orlando Magic PG: It's much too early to call him an All-Star lock or even a probable All-Star, especially considering how loaded the NBA's backcourts are these days. And Payton isn't a proven outside shooter. However, his electrifying playmaking and defensive talent make him a dark-horse candidate.
T.J. Warren, Phoenix Suns F: He won't be an annual fixture at All-Star games, but ESPN.com's David Thorpe (subscription required) compared the summer league standout to an NBA vet with multiple ASG's under his belt: "On offense, (Warren) resembled a better scoring version of Luol Deng."
Gary Harris, Denver Nuggets SG: Harris will be a rock-solid performer on both ends, and he has a chance to be a top-tier shooting guard. If All-Star 2-guard spots weren't frequently usurped by point guards and combo guards, Harris would have much better odds of earning a nod.
Nik Stauskas, Sacramento Kings SG: If the comparisons to Klay Thompson prove to be reasonably accurate, Stauskas could land on an All-Star team or two. With his elite three-point shooting and ability to handle the ball, he could put up some nice numbers for Sac-Town within the next few years.
Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves G: Everyone has already seen the youngster's explosiveness and marveled at his acrobatics. The raw material is certainly there. He just has to learn more about shot selection, facilitation and perimeter defense.
Nikola Mirotic, Chicago Bulls PF: David Nurse of HoopsHype says, "From studying in-depth film, speaking with my connections in European basketball, and reading scouting reports of NBA executives that I have a great deal of respect for, all arrows point towards Mirotic becoming a legitimate star in the NBA and possibly truly being the Next Great European." Good luck to the Eastern Conference if that happens.
Doug McDermott, Chicago Bulls SF: He still seems like more of an ultra-critical role player than a star. However, if he becomes a rich man's Wally Szczerbiak and is a key pillar of Bulls title contenders, then he's got a chance.
Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic PF: Gordon is the highest-drafted prospect in this group, but the question is whether he'll be productive enough offensively to earn All-Star buzz.