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Five NBA players that weren't your typical All-Stars

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There shouldn't be such a thing as an unlikely All-Star, really.

The notion of an All-Star is that you represent one of the best 24 players plying your trade between the NBA's 30 franchises in any given season.

Half a season, in actual fact. The All-Star game takes place every February and over the years it has evolved into a weekend spectacle spanning more areas of the game than the basic premise I previously laid out.

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It's worth remembering that the fans vote for who the starters are in the All-Star game, whilst the coaches around the league vote for the reserves. Ostensibly speaking, if America was to unite in the goal of giving the 39-year-old San Antonio Spurs reserve Andre Miller a starting berth, they could.

Dunking, three-pointers, rookie games and so much more takes place for indulgent fans, but typically speaking, the main attractions are the plethora of superstars that take to the court during the showcase game.

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LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Curry and James Harden all participated this year and it's often the only chance some fans will get to see the dream partnerships they could only wish their team's general manager could engineer.

But in amongst these bound to be all-time greats, some trespassers emerge from the wilderness to bulk out their C.V and enjoy the limelight.

We've taken a look at five individuals since the turn of the millennium who have enjoyed charmed selections in the All-Star game and their luck has failed to return since.

Andrew Bynum (2012)

Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Four

This is not to say that the former Lakers center was a bad player; quite the contrary. During the 2011-12 campaign in which Bynum received the nod, he was averaging a double-double in points and rebounds a night.

By this time in his career, he was also a two-time NBA Champion and was still only 24-years-old. The first All-Star appearance of many, right?

Wrong.

Bynum's career went on a steep decline after a trade to Philadelphia in 2012 saw him not play a single minute due to crippling knee problems. After two brief stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers and then the Indiana Pacers, Bynum has entered the foggy mist of retirement at the tender age of 28, though he still refuses to completely rule out a return.

Bynum is still the youngest ever player in NBA history and is certainly not the worst player on this list, but thanks to his knees, he's one of the most forgettable.

Kyle Korver (2015)

Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks

Most of you probably know the name Kyle Korver purely because Stephen Curry recently broke his record for dropping three-pointers in consecutive games.

However, in 2015, Korver was selected to replace the injured Dwyane Wade for the Eastern All-Stars. Make of that what you will; Korver is either a dangerous three-point shooter well worth the call, or it shows how shallow the Eastern Conference is compared to its Western brethren.

Korver may be useful from behind the arc, but he's never posted any remarkable numbers to make anyone think he could fill the lofty shoes of Wade by any stretch. His best scoring season yielded an average of 14.4 back in 2006-7, some nine-years before his All-Star call.

Korver only surpassed an average of 10 points a night in four of the eight seasons that followed his career best, whereas Dwyane Wade's lowest total ever is 16.2, in his rookie season.

Just a case of the right place at the right time for Korver.

Chris Kaman (2010)

San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers

To be fair to the big man, he was having a very good year in a very bad L.A Clippers side when he made the cut. Kaman was putting up a career-best 18.5 points an outing and was hitting 9.3 boards too.

This was before the days of Chris Paul serving Blake Griffin on a plate. Kaman was the focal point of the franchise in the prime of his career.

Unfortunately for the 7'0" center, that was to be the last season he could say he was a bonafide starter. Kaman was used in the trade that would bring Paul to California and the board machine would have one-year stays bouncing from franchise to franchise.

He went from Charlotte to Dallas, then to L.A (with the Lakers) before finally settling with the Portland Trailblazers last season, where he currently plays.

The Central Michigan Standout hasn't come close to that kind of form since and at 33-years-old, it's becoming increasingly unlikely that he ever will.

Roy Hibbert (2010, 2012)

Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

What is it with the big men on this list? During his time with the Pacers, there was a time where Roy Hibbert was a valuable commodity.

The New York-born big man is still only 29, but he has more than played his part in a dreadful season with the L.A Lakers this campaign.

However, back in 2010 and 2012, Hibbert was putting up close to a double-double a game and was one of the premier shot-blockers in the entire league.

This year, the imposing 7'2" center has put up an average of 6.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks, all of which, bar the boards, are career lows since his rookie season.

Sure, the Lakers aren't a great team for efficiency and that will hurt the big man on both ends, that's granted.

But his anonymity on the boards this year has been painful. He appears to have lost all mobility before his 30th birthday and with that, his hopes of another All-Star game and, I sense, the $13m a year he currently rakes in are lost too.

Metta World Peace (2004)

Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat

Ah, the artist formerly known as Ron Artest.

World Peace is another player that made his way to the All-Star weekend during a successful tenure with the Indiana Pacers, but now finds himself with a struggling Lakers.

World Peace was a feared forward in his prime; a 6'7" point scorer full of aggression and intensity that wasn't afraid to get his elbows dirty.

Many might say that he is the last of a dying breed, and the NBA has softened somewhat over the last decade. Still, style might be subjective, but the statistics aren't.

Peace dropped 18.3 points a game during the 2003-04 campaign and his tough work-ethic spawned a lot of steals and rebounds too.

Since then, the small forward has won an NBA title with the Lakers back in 2010, but he never recaptured the form or pivotal role that he once had in Indiana.

Is there anyone from this year's All-Star game in danger of experiencing the same, heartbreaking decline?

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