Photos of what this year's NBA All-Stars looked like when their careers started

  • The 2019 NBA All-Star teams are officially set, and they feature some of the biggest names in the world of basketball.
  • But before the NBA’s most talented players shined under the bright lights, they were young, scrawny rookies who hardly resemble the perennial All-Stars they are today.
  • Check out photos of what the 2019 NBA All-Stars looked like when they first joined the league below:

The 2019 NBA All-Star game will feature the biggest names in basketball.

But before LeBron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Stephen Curry, and the like became the perennial All-Stars they are today, they were scrawny, baby-faced rookies still looking to make a mark on the league.

And their name recognition isn’t the only thing that has changed. Many of these All-Stars – even the younger ones – look incredibly different than they did when they were NBA rookies.

Check out photos of what the 2019 NBA All-Stars looked like when they first joined the league:


Team LeBron


LeBron James as a rookie — 19 years old


LeBron James today — 34 years old


Kevin Durant as a rookie — 19 years old


Kevin Durant today — 30 years old

Gregory Shamus/GettyKevin Durant in 2018.

Kyrie Irving as a rookie — 19 years old


Kyrie Irving today — 26 years old


Kawhi Leonard as a rookie — 20 years old


Kawhi Leonard today — 27 years old


James Harden as a rookie — 20 years old


James Harden today — 29 years old


Anthony Davis as a rookie — 19 years old


Anthony Davis today — 25 years old


Klay Thompson as a rookie — 21 years old


Klay Thompson today — 29 years old


Damian Lillard as a rookie —22 years old


Damian Lillard today — 28 years old

Christian Petersen/GettyDamian Lillard in 2018.

LaMarcus Aldridge as a rookie — 21 years old


LaMarcus Aldridge today — 33 years old


Karl-Anthony Towns as a rookie — 20 years old

Kevin C. Cox/GettyKarl-Anthony Towns in 2015.

Karl-Anthony Towns today — 23 years old

Hannah Foslien/GettyKarl-Anthony Towns in 2018.

Bradley Beal as a rookie — 19 years old


Bradley Beal today — 25 years old

Will Newton/Getty ImagesBradley Beal in 2018.

Ben Simmons as a rookie — 21 years old

Mitchell Leff/GettyBen Simmons in 2017.

Ben Simmons today — 22 years old


Dwyane Wade as a rookie — 22 years old


Dwyane Wade today — 37 years old


Team Giannis


Giannis Antetokounmpo as a rookie — 19 years old


Giannis Antetokounmpo today — 24 years old


Stephen Curry as a rookie — 21 years old


Stephen Curry today — 30 years old

Ezra Shaw/GettyStephen Curry in 2018.

Joel Embiid as a rookie — 22 years old


Joel Embiid today — 24 years old


Paul George as a rookie — 20 years old


Paul George today — 28 years old


Kemba Walker as a rookie — 20 years old


Kemba Walker today — 28 years old

Streeter Lecka/GettyKemba Walker in 2018.

Khris Middleton as a rookie — 22 years old


Khris Middleton today — 27 years old


Nikola Jokic as a rookie — 19 years old


Nikola Jokic today — 23 years old


Blake Griffin as a rookie — 21 years old


Blake Griffin today — 29 years old

Leon Halip/Getty ImagesBlake Griffin in 2018.

D’Angelo Russell as a rookie — 20 years old

Mitchell Leff/GettyD’Angelo Russell in 2016.

D’Angelo Russell today — 22 years old


Nikola Vucevic as a rookie — 21 years old


Nikola Vucevic today — 28 years old

Elsa/GettyNikola Vucevic in 2018.

Kyle Lowry as a rookie — 20 years old

Doug Pensinger/GettyKyle Lowry in 2006.

Kyle Lowry today — 32 years old

Vaughn Ridley/Getty ImagesKyle Lowry in 2018.

Russell Westrook as a rookie — 20 years old


Russell Westrook today — 30 years old

J Pat Carter/Getty ImagesRussell Westbrook in 2018.

Dirk Nowitzki as a rookie — 20 years old

Vincent Laforet/GettyDirk Nowitzki in 1999.

Dirk Nowitzki today — 40 years old

Abbie Parr/GettyDirk Nowitzki in 2018.

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