Every season has its share of under-appreciated, slightly-lower-tier stars that are on the fringe of breaking out and making it to the mid-February stage. Even when players do raise their games, sometimes their career epiphany doesn’t occur until midseason or they are just edged out in fan voting and reserve selections by a bigger name or a slightly more proven player.
The talent pool in the NBA is rich with young talent, potential and up-and-coming players, making the star quality broader than ever across the league. While some of these players are immensely talented, some are injury prone, knuckleheads or victims of circumstance on a team loaded with stars. While not everyone on this list will make an all-star team, they are all capable of having an 'all-star' caliber season that could land them on a roster.
The common denominator for players on this list is that they have yet to make an All-Star squad, but there are other factors included.
Conditions for a player to make the list:
- Haven’t made an All-Star squad in their NBA Career
- Their games are improving and their career is largely on the upswing
- They must have a legitimate shot at an all-star type season
- Not a part of the 2011 NBA Draft or incoming rookie class