What the NBA's biggest stars looked like when their careers began

  • Many of the NBA's biggest stars have grown up right before our eyes.
  • We gathered some then-and-now photos of the NBA's biggest stars to show much has changed over time. 
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It's easy to forget how far some of the league's biggest stars have come.

LeBron James has dominated the NBA for 17 years now and is 35, quite different than when he entered the NBA straight out of high school. Stephen Curry, once an undersized, baby-faced guard, is now 32, a seasoned veteran for the Warriors. Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn't always the chiseled Greek God he is now. James Harden once wasn't so…beard-y.

Take a look at photos of the NBA's biggest stars when their careers began and today.

LeBron James in 2004 (19).

James today (34).

Stephen Curry in 2009 (21).

Curry today (32).

James Harden in 2009 (20).

Harden today (30).

Kevin Durant in 2007 (19).

Durant today (31).

Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2013 (19).

Antetokounmpo today (25).

Anthony Davis in 2012 (19).

Davis today (27).

Russell Westbrook in 2008 (20).

Westbrook today (31).

Kawhi Leonard in 2011 (20).

Kawhi Leonard today (29).

Paul George in 2010 (20).

George today (30).

Kevin Love in 2008 (20).

Love today (31).

Klay Thompson in 2011 (21).

Thompson today (30).

Chris Paul in 2006 (20).

Paul today (35).

Jimmy Butler in 2011 (22).

Butler today (30).

Kyrie Irving in 2011 (19).

Irving today (28).

Damian Lillard in 2012 (22).

Lillard today (30).

DeMar DeRozan in 2009 (20).

DeRozan today (30).

Kemba Walker in 2011 (21).

Walker today (30).

Ricky Rubio in 2009 (18).

Rubio today (29).

Kyle Lowry in 2006 (20).

Lowry today (33).

Carmelo Anthony in 2003 (19).

Anthony today (36).

Marc Gasol in 2008 (24).

Gasol now (35).

Victor Oladipo in 2013 (21).

Oladipo today (28).

LaMarcus Aldridge in 2006 (21).

Aldridge today (35).

J.J. Redick in 2006 (22).

Redick today (36).

Joel Embiid in 2014 (20).

Embiid today (26).

D'Angelo Russell in 2015 (19).

D'Angelo Russell today (24).

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