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

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  • Many of the NBA's biggest stars have grown up right before our eyes.
  • It is easy to forget just how young they were and looked when they entered the NBA.
  • We gathered some then-and-now photos for many of the NBA's biggest stars.

It's easy to forget how far some of the league's biggest stars have come.

LeBron James has dominated the NBA for 16 years now and is 34, quite different than when he entered the NBA straight out of high school. Stephen Curry, once an undersized, baby-faced guard, is now 31, a seasoned veteran for the Warriors. 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).

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James today (34).

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James Harden in 2009 (20).

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