The league's most established stars will likely dominate the NBA news cycle for most of the season, but fans should keep their eyes out for young players who could make significant improvements to their game and potentially make their first All-Star team during the 2019-20 season.
With those players in mind, here are three players that could make their first NBA All-Star Game this coming season.
1. Luka Doncic, Point-Forward, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic nearly made the All-Star team during his rookie season. He finished the year averaging 21.2 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game and 6.0 assists per game. If he sees improvement in his second season, mainly in his three-point percentage, Doncic could be representing Dallas as an All-Star.
2. Donovan Mitchell, Guard, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell has been in the NBA for two seasons, and averaged more than 20 points per game in both of them. His scoring average jumped from 20.5 points per game in 2017-18 as a rookie to 23.8 points per game in his second season. If he brings that scoring average up even more, Mitchell could get his first All-Star nod. Additionally, he will have a little less competition with Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson expected to be out until March.
3. Jayson Tatum, Forward, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum had a disappointing 2018-19 season, but now that Kyrie Irving and Al Horford are playing for different teams, the Celtics will be depending on Tatum for more offense this coming season. There is a good chance, with another year of experience under his belt, that Tatum will see an improvement over each of the last two seasons on both ends of the court. This increased opportunity and experience could lead to him having a spot on the All-Star team come February in Chicago.
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