2019 NBA All-Star Game: Ranking every player from 27 to LeBron James
NBA All-Stars: Nos. 27-21
27. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks PF: Dirk has been selected to an All-Star roster 14 times -- so this isn't anything new for him. Although this could possibly be his final season, he's clearly appreciating all of the fan support he's been receiving.
26. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat SG: In his final All-Star weekend as a player, the 37-year-old is trying to soak in as much of it as possible.
25. Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic C: Vucevic received an outstanding reaction from Orlando when he was selected to his first All-Star team. An increase in his numbers over the last few seasons, and some support from his family has this as a well-deserved honor for the 28-year-old.
24. Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors PG: Lowry averaged a career-high 9.4 assists in the first half of the season, and has scored 20-plus points 11 times. This will be his fifth All-Star appearance.
23. Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks SG: This is Middleton's first experience as an All-Star and he's somewhat close to his home of North Charleston, S.C.
22. D'Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets PG: Russell's confidence rose every game since being acquired by the Nets -- and it shows. Buck Williams is the only Net who was younger than Russell (22) when he was named an All-Star in 1982 and 1983.
21. LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs PF: Check this résumé: Seven All-Star selections, five-time All-NBA and Rookie of the Year in 2006-07. Not bad.
NBA All-Stars: Nos. 20-16
20. Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers SG: Before you bombard the comments, we know Oladipo is injured. He was solid beforehand, however. He's averaging a career-high 5.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.
19. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers PG: In his first All-Star appearance, Simmons is taking it all in and embracing the role as a young NBA star.
18. Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons PF: Griffin will rep the Pistons in Sunday's game. After becoming a member of the team last January, he's averaging 26.3 points per game.
17. Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards SG: Is Beal using his All-Star selection to be a recruiter? It's not a bad strategy, but for now, he is one of only seven players this season to carry averages of at least 25 points, five rebounds and five assists per game.
16. Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets PG: Walker may be the face of the All-Star Weekend playing on his home court. He's also averaging 25.2 points per game -- a career-high.
NBA All-Stars: Nos. 15-11
15. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors SG: Perhaps you've heard of him. The 29-year-old will be sporting some nice kicks, but he's also tied for the NBA-record most consecutive three-point field goals made.
14. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves C: Towns appears to be resilient this season. He has appeared in every game this season putting him at an overall streak of 297 games -- the longest to open a career since 1970-71.
13. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers PG: Lillard will represent the Blazers at the All-Star Game for the fourth time in his career. He's averaging 26.4 points, 6.3 assists, and 4.6 rebounds per game.
12. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder PG: Westbrook has ridden this ride eight times in his career -- two of which he was named MVP. This season, he leads the league in triple-doubles and has set an NBA record with 11 straight heading into the All-Star break.
11. Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics PG: Another former All-Star MVP, Irving is hitting career-high marks in effective field-goal percentage (56.9) this season.
NBA All-Stars: Nos. 10-6
10. Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets C: It didn't take long for Jokic's name to be called to represent Team Giannis. The 23-year-old is averaging 20.4 points, 7.7 assists and 10.6 total rebounds per game this season.
9. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers C: If anything, just be around to watch Embiid talk to the media. That alone is a treat. The two-time All-Star is averaging 27.3 points per game this season, which is sixth-highest in the league.
8. Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder SF: George looks at this time around as a bit different. The 28-year-old has grown a lot over the years, and his maturation was fully on display in recent interviews.
7. Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors SF: Kawhi Leonard.
6. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans C/PF: Trade request aside, Davis is having a tremendous season. The 'Brow is averaging 28.1 points and 12.9 rebounds per game, and it's clear every night why LeBron James wants him on his team so badly.
NBA All-Star No. 5: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Is the Greek Freak making the Greek Leap? He's averaging career-highs in points (27.2), rebounds (12.7) and assists (6.0) per game.
He still doesn't have an outside shot, but averaging a stat line that only Oscar Robertson has in NBA history is enough to truly push the Bucks star in the NBA's elite.
NBA All-Star No. 4: James Harden
We've heard all the complaints. Yes, the Houston Rockets superstar has the ball in his hands every possession. Yes, a clean shave is overdue.
But make no mistake: Harden is an example of extreme efficiency. 36.6 points per game on 37.4 percent from deep? Those are video-game numbers.
NBA All-Star No. 3: Steph Curry
It's a given that the Charlotte native is going to steal the show in his hometown. Being in the middle of his best season since becoming the first unanimous MVP in 2015-16 makes it even more of one.
Somehow, Curry is averaging more 3-point attempts per game (11.5) than he did in that historic campaign. An All-Star Game MVP would be icing on the cake.
NBA All-Star No. 2: Kevin Durant
Despite "struggling" from beyond the arc (36.7 percent), Durant's 27.6 points per game are his most with Golden State. So, too, are his 5.9 assists. If he's a distraction, it isn't showing on the court.