LeBron James and Kevin Durant have been grabbing all of the headlines leading up to the All-Star game—and rightly so—but there are a bunch of other plays in the Toyota Center who will factor into the outcome of the game on Sunday night.
These men are All-Stars for a reason.
They may not be starting the game, but they'll sure factor into the finish of it.
Here are three under-the-radar players who will make their mark on the All-Star game on Sunday night.
Aside from Brandon Jennings, Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday is the most underrated PG in the NBA.
Holiday is averaging 19 points per game and 8.9 assists, both marks that rank in the top five of NBA point guards.
Holiday boasts 14 double-doubles this season, highlighted by 33 points and 14 assists against the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 18.
Fox Sports' Ben Maller details Holiday's amazing season.
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In his first All-Star game of what will likely be many, expect Holiday to find his groove on Sunday night.
LaMarcus Aldridge has been one of the best scorers in the NBA this season, leading all power forwards with 20.9 points per game—a mark that also leads the Portland Trail Blazers.
As usual, the popularity contest that is the NBA All-Star game has Blake Griffin starting at PF, despite Aldridge sporting better scoring, rebounding and blocking numbers.
Aldridge has been a monster in February so far, averaging more than 22 points per game and sporting five double-doubles in eight games.
Given his dominant play, Aldridge will carry that effort into Sunday night's game, where he'll make an impact for the West by being an elite post presence and running the floor with the guards.
In my opinion, Paul George has made the biggest step from last season to this year.
At 6'8", George has excellent size for the small forward position which allows him to get jumpers off over defenders and finish at the rim.
George has significantly increased his scoring this season, averaging 17.6 points per game, which is up from 12.1 last season.
At just 22, George still has plenty of time to develop into one of the top forwards in the NBA, and he'll have the chance to showcase his game against the best in the NBA on Sunday night.
George boasts an all around game, averaging four assists per game and nearly eight boards a game to go with his scoring mark of 17.6 PPG.
Coming off a triple-double in his last game before the All-Star break (23 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists), George will be an absolute star in the 2013 All-Star game.
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