With voting for the NBA All-Star Game closing on Monday, Jan. 21 and the starters being announced on Thursday, Jan. 23, we're nearing the revealing of the pool of 2019 All-Star players.
There is a running list in both the Eastern and Western Conferences that have never been selected to an All-Star Game. Take a look at the players who could be picked to play in their first ever All-Star Game this season.
Potential first-time Eastern Conference All-Stars
Zach LaVine - G - Chicago Bulls: 22.9 points (45.1% FG, 35.2% 3PT), 4.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.0 steals
• LaVine has been in the top-20 in scoring the NBA all season long. He's posting career-highs in scoring, rebounding and assists.
Khris Middleton - G - Milwaukee Bucks: 17.3 points (43.1% FG, 37.5% 3PT), 5.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.1 steals
• Middleton is the second-leading scorer on the second-best team in the Eastern Conference.
Josh Richardson - G - Miami Heat: 17.8 points (40.8% FG, 37.4% 3PT), 3.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.3 steals
• Richardson is the Heat's leading scorer, whom are currently the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. He's averaging career-highs in points, rebounds and assists.
D'Angelo Russell - G - Brooklyn Nets: 19.3 points (43.8% FG, 37.9% 3PT), 6.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.1 steals
• Russell has stepped his game up since the injury to Nets' young star Caris LeVert. He's been the driving force in the Nets' recent stretch of winning and is averaging career-highs in scoring, assists, field goal and 3-point percentage.
Pascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors: 15.0 points (56.3% FG, 31.1% 3PT), 7.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.0 steals
• Siakam is making a serious case as this year's Most Improved Player. He's been a consistent playmaker for the Eastern Conference's best team and is averaging career-bests in every major statistical category.
Ben Simmons - G - Philadelphia 76ers: 16.6 points (57.8% FG), 9.5 rebounds, 8.3 assists, 1.3 steals
• Simmons' Rookie of the Year campaign was extremely impressive and statistically, he's improved upon that rookie season. It will be tough for the 76ers to potentially get three All-Stars but Simmons could make that seem reasonable.
Jayson Tatum - F - Boston Celtics: 16.3 points (44.9% FG, 37.8% 3PT), 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals
• It would have been tough to live up to the playoff push he put together last season but Tatum has managed to do so. While his shooting percentages have dropped in the slightest, he's improved in every other major statistical category.
Nikola Vucevic - F/C - Orlando Magic: 20.5 points (51.7% FG, 38.1% 3PT), 12.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.2 blocks
• Vucevic has put together the best season of his 8-year NBA career. He's already earned one Eastern Conference Player of the Week honour, he leads his team in scoring and rebounding and he's posting career-highs in all major statistical categories.
Potential first-time Western Conference All-Stars
Steven Adams - C - Oklahoma City Thunder: 15.3 points (60.8% FG), 10.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.5 steals
• Adams is the anchor and rim protector of the NBA's best defence. His points, rebounds, assists and steals per game averages are the best of his 6-year career, he's top-three in offensive rebounds and just outside the top-10 in win shares.
Devin Booker - G - Phoenix Suns: 24.2 points (45.2% FG, 31.8% 3PT), 6.9 assists, 3.7 rebounds
• The Suns needed Booker to step into more of a playmaking role with their lack of depth at point guard and he's stepped up to the task. The 22-year-old is averaging a career-best 6.9 assists per game, leads his team in both scoring and assists and is top-15 in the NBA in both of those categories.
Mike Conley Jr. - G - Memphis Grizzlies: 20.0 points (42.6% FG, 35.5% 3PT), 6.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.3 steals
• Conley seems to be on the list of All-Star snubs every year. The Grizzlies have struggled as of late and Conley's numbers have decreased accordingly, but he'll still be on the fringe as a reserve in this year's All-Star Game.
Luka Doncic - G/F - Dallas Mavericks: 19.9 points (42.8% FG, 35.6% 3PT), 6.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.2 steals
• Only three rookies (Blake Griffin, Yao Ming, Tim Duncan) have made the All-Star Game in the past 20 years. Doncic is on pace to add to that list this season with his level of play keeping the Mavericks in the Western Conference playoff picture.
De'Aaron Fox - G - Sacramento Kings: 17.4 points (46.2% FG, 36.9% 3PT), 7.3 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals
• Fox is one of two potential Kings players that could make their All-Star debut this season. He's top 10 in the NBA in assists per game and is the second-leading scorer on a team that has shocked the NBA thus far, sitting just outside the final playoff spot in the West.
Tobias Harris - F - Los Angeles Clippers: 21.0 points (50.1% FG, 43.7% 3PT), 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists
• Harris should surely be a first-time All-Star this year. His 21.0 points and shooting percentages from the field and three are the best of his 8-year career and he's leading the Clippers in scoring and rebounding. LA is sitting at eighth in the West and much of that is based on the play of Harris, who's been their best player all season.
Buddy Hield - G - Sacramento Kings: 20.2 points (47.8% FG, 45.5% 3PT), 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists
• Hield is the leading scorer on a Kings' team that is performing way ahead of schedule. He's top-five in 3-pointers made in the NBA and his points, rebounds and assists averages are all career-bests. He's also shooting a career-high from the field and from long range.
Nikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets: 19.8 points (50.4% FG, 31.5% 3PT), 10.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.3 steals
• The debate here is not 'will Jokic be a first-time All-Star?', it's 'will Jokic be a starter or not?'. Jokic will certainly be a first-time All-Star as the best player on the top team in the Western Conference.
Kyle Kuzma - F - Los Angeles Lakers: 19.3 points (46.8% FG, 30.8% 3PT), 6.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists
• Kuzma has found his way into the role of LeBron James' right-hand man. He's the second-leading scorer on a Lakers' team that is struggling without James, but he's doing his best to keep them afloat until their star player returns from injury.
Donovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz: 22.3 points (42.7% FG, 33.0% 3PT), 3.8 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals
• The Jazz have turned their season around and a lot of that comes at the hands of Mitchell, who has stepped up his play tremendously. Utah is one of the hottest teams in the league right now and it's no coincidence that the former Rookie of the Year runner-up has increased both of his shooting percentages as well as his points, rebounds and assists per game.
Jamal Murray - G - Denver Nuggets: 18.6 points (43.1% FG, 36.1% 3PT), 4.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds
• Murray's case for an All-Star appearance rides on being the second-best performer on the Western Conference's top team. He has been a key contributor in their success this season and with the Nuggets holding the No. 2 seed in the West, he might just find his way on the roster.
Rudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz: 14.9 points (64.2% FG), 13.0 rebounds, 2.1 blocks, 2.2 assists
• Last season's Defensive Player of the Year is back at it this season. He's top-five in the NBA in total rebounds, blocks and blocks per game and has one of the highest field goal percentages in the league. He's the only player in the NBA in the top-10 in both offensive and defensive rating and ranks second in win shares.