- Ric Bucher, NBA Reporter, ESPN The Magazine Senior Writer
The excitement of All-Star Weekend is over, but before the second-half march begins, there's still time to recognize the handymen whose grunt work was not acknowledged in Dallas although they are key components to their teams entering the home stretch entertaining playoff hopes.
That's right: It's time to unveil the ninth annual All-Quasar teams.
For those who missed the first eight years of this award's existence, a brief introduction: Quasars, in the celestial sense, are how titans of the periodic table refer to quasi-stellar matter that sometimes resembles a star but is, in fact, not.
Quasars, in the sports sense, are those NBA players who perform ably in supporting roles but, when called upon, deliver as if they were Da Man.
The qualifications -- so anyone playing a hater or disrespect card does so wisely -- are as follows:
After the NBA's best and brightest were put on display in Dallas this past weekend, Ric Bucher spotlights 10 players around the league who don't shine as brightly -- except within their own locker rooms. Meet the ninth annual All-Quasar teams.