First-Time Starters Trae Young and Pascal Siakam Care About the NBA All-Star Game Even if You Don't

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Trae Young and Pascal Siakam were named starters for the Eastern Conference All-Star Team on Thursday. It will be the first All-Star Game for both players who took drastically different paths to this point. Both guys were captured on video as they learned they had been named starters. Siakam was super happy, and Young was overcome with emotion.

While some veterans are happy to skip the game to rest, this is an excellent reminder that the All-Star game means something to most players. Especially the young guys. We can debate it all we want, but for Siakam and Young, this is confirmation of their place as two of the best players in the NBA.