32 players you forgot were once NBA All-Stars

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21) Sam Cassell

Former NBA point guard Sam Cassell has the distinction of being one of the oldest players in league history to make his first All-Star team. Cassell started his career in Houston, playing with Hakeem Olajuwon and winning back-to-back championships in 1993–94 and 1994-95.

Cassell then bounced around the league, playing for Phoenix, Dallas, New Jersey, and Milwaukee and playing well in each stop before arriving in Minnesota. There, he emerged as the second-best player on the Kevin Garrett-led Timberwolves and formed a big three with him, Garrett, and Latrell Sprewell.

In 2003-04, Cassell had the best season of his career, averaging 19.8 points and 7.3 assists, helping lead the Timberwolves to a 58-24 record and the Western Conference Finals. The fact that he was 34 years old at the time made it all the more impressive since players nearing their mid-30s don't suddenly have the best season of their career and make their first All-Star team.

While the Timberwolves lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Conference Finals that season, they went toe to toe against the Shaq and Kobe Lakers, which also featured Hall of Famers Gary Payton and Karl Malone. Had that not been the case, Cassell and Minnesota might have won it all that season with him being a driving force.