32 players you forgot were once NBA All-Stars

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4) Zydrunas Ilgauskas

After missing the entirety of his rookie season and fourth season in the NBA and being limited to just five games in his third year, it seems highly unlikely that Zydrunas Ilgauskas would have a long career. To his credit, he managed to recover from foot injury after foot injury to carve out a terrific career.

Although he was best known as LeBron James' sidekick when he first got drafted back in 2003, Ilgauskas was a star before then. During the 2002–03 season, he made the first of two all-star teams, averaging 17.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. He would make the All-Star team again in 2004–05 by posting 16.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks.

His size, at 7'3, combined with his scoring finesse around the rim and a mid-range jumper, made him a skilled offensive player, while his length made him a consistent shot-blocking threat. Those skills paired well with LeBron, and he helped King James make the NBA Finals in 2007, one of five straight deep playoff runs.

While he didn't ultimately win a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Ilgauskas appeared in more than 750 games over the course of his 13-year career. Actually, he probably would have made another all-star appearance or two had it not been for the injuries that nearly ended his career.