Predicting late-blooming All-Stars

Why certain players become elite further into their career than others

Updated: February 15, 2014, 5:02 PM ET
By Bradford Doolittle | ESPN Insider
Wesley MatthewsAP Photo/Don RyanWesley Matthews is averaging 16.7 points per game this season for Portland.

When Indiana's Paul George exploded into an MVP candidate earlier this season, I wrote a piece looking at what you might call the metamorphosis of the franchise player. That is the point when a budding star actually becomes a star. In a nutshell, most franchise players tend to emerge as such by the end of their rookie contracts, usually within the first three seasons. However, in this weekend of stars, it's a good opportunity to look at the exceptions to the concept: the late-blooming All-Stars.