Amir Johnson

Not-household-name players get All-Star votes from NBA peers

Semi Ojeleye, Cedi Osman and Royce O'Neale have never started in an NBA game. Cameron Payne last played in April. Matt Costello has scored two points in his NBA career.

They're not stars.

Yet somehow, someone in an NBA locker room apparently thought they should start in this year's All-Star Game.

Only 10 players will start in Los Angeles on Feb. 18, but 249 players — roughly half the league — were listed on at least one ballot in the player portion of the All-Star selection process. And while some of the results might suggest not everyone took it seriously, making the list seemed to leave Philadelphia's Amir Johnson genuinely moved.

"That's pretty cool,...