NBA: Predicting 1st-Time All-Stars in 2014-15

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Aug 1, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; USA Team White guard Bradley Beal takes a breather during a stoppage in play of the USA Basketball Showcase at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 1, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; USA Team White guard Bradley Beal takes a breather during a stoppage in play of the USA Basketball Showcase at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

As a wealth of changes dominate the NBA headlines, it’s vital to remember what’s staying the same. That balance is often difficult to define, but there’s no better way to do so than to evaluate the individual turnover from year-to-year.

As every season passes, the All-Star Game is used as something of a measuring stick for player progression. While fan opinion can be skewed and an All-NBA selection holds more weight, All-Star Weekend is one of prestige.

In 2014, six players became first-time All-Stars. Seven earned that distinction in 2013, six in 2012, three in 2011 and an incredible nine did it in 2010.

Some players are able to take the place of a mainstay due to an unexpected injury. Others simply surpass their competition with their improved production.

The question is, which players will make their first career All-Star Game appearances in 2015?

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