Predicting the 1st-Time NBA All-Stars of the 2015-16 Season

October 19th, 2015 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »
First-timers always have a part to play in the NBA All-Star Game. They're the league's lifeblood, the cream of the crop making its way steadily toward the top.

In the 16 years since the All-Star Game was last cancelled in 1999, an average of 6.25 newbies per year have broken into the league's midseason festivities. Last year, Kyle Lowry was voted a starter in his first appearance on behalf of the Eastern Conference, with Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler, Kyle Korver, Jeff Teague and DeMarcus Cousins chosen as reserves (Thompson actually started with Kobe Bryant out injured).

Who will get the call this time around? The Association certainly isn't short on up-and-coming talent. Assuming the usual assortment of injuries and year-over-year declines, there could be many more than 6.25 new faces in Toronto come February, what with all the youngsters climbing the league's proverbial latter.

For the sake of argument, though, let's play it safe by picking the five guys with the best chances of snagging those bids. Draymond Green, Nikola Vucevic, Eric Bledsoe, Ty Lawson, Hassan Whiteside, Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors were among those who garnered ...

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