Five most likely veteran players to make their first All-Star Game appearance

Nikola Vucevic and Mike Conley are just a couple of the veteran players making a case to make their first All-Star appearance.

With the NBA All-Star Game set to take place on February 17, 2019, in Charlotte, many familiar names such as LeBron James, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, and Kevin Durant are likely to be participating.

While those players are All-Star mainstays, there are some veterans who will be looking to make their first All-Star appearance.

Below are five players who are at least in their fifth season in the NBA who are making a strong case, thus far, to make their first All-Star team. Apologies to players such as Clint Capela, CJ McCollum, Rudy Gobert, and many others.

1

Nikola Vucevic - C, Orlando Magic

Now in his eighth season (seventh with Orlando), Vucevic is off to a superb start with the Magic. His 21-point scoring average is tied for 26th-best in the league, and his 11.3 rebounds per game are 12th. He also owns career-best shooting numbers across the board from the field (55.3 percent), three-point territory (40.9 percent), and the foul line (84.3 percent). The Ringer recently posted an article explaining how Vucevic is the best big man not being talked about.

2

Mike Conley - PG, Memphis Grizzlies

The 31-year-old Conley is now in his 12th season and has widely been known as one of the best players to never appear in the All-Star Game for the past few seasons. A foot injury limited him to just 12 games last season, but he hasn't missed a beat this season. His 21.1-point scoring average is the best of his career, as is his 6.7 assists per game.

3

Nikola Mirotic - PF, New Orleans Pelicans

A fifth-year pro in the NBA, Mirotic has become a consistently productive player at the offensive end. He has seen his field goal percentage improve each season he has been in the league, and he is currently shooting 47 percent, despite taking nearly 7.5 threes per game. After averaging 5.7 rebounds over his first four seasons, he currently has a double-figure average of 10.1 per contest.

4

Tobias Harris - PF, Los Angeles Clippers

With the surprising Clippers leading the West with a 15-6 record, Harris could see himself become a first-time All-Star in his eighth season. He is averaging a career-best 21.7 points on 52.8 percent shooting from the field (career-best entering the season was 48.1 percent). He is also making slightly more than two three-pointers per game while connecting on 44 percent of his three-point tries. Clips Nation wrote an article making a case for Harris to be included in this season's All-Star Game.

5

Khris Middleton - SF, Milwaukee Bucks

Middleton is in his seventh season in the league. With the Bucks sporting a record of 15-6, that is tied for the NBA's second-best, Milwaukee could bring a second player to the All-Star Game to go along with Giannis Antetokounmpo. The 27-year-old Middleton has been a major threat from deep, as he has attempted 7.3 threes per game while making 41.6 percent of them.

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