Photos of what the stars of the NBA playoffs looked like when their careers started

 

The NBA playoffs is the stage for the league's stars to shine the brightest.

It's also a reminder of just how far many of these stars have come since their rookie days.

It's easy to forget we've now been watching LeBron James dominate the playoffs for 14 years, or that Stephen Curry was an undersized, baby-faced guard before he evolved into the face of the Warriors. It's easy to forget that James Harden wasn't always so... beard-y.

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

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What NBA playoff stars looked like when their careers started

LeBron James in 2004 (19).

(Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

James today (33).

(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

James Harden in 2009 (20).

(Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Harden today (28).

(Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kevin Love in 2008 (20).

(Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Love today (29).

(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Stephen Curry in 2009 (21).

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Curry today (30).

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Kevin Durant in 2007 (19).

(Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Durant today (29).

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2013 (19).

(Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

Antetokounmpo today (23).

(Dylan Buell/Getty Images) 

Anthony Davis in 2012 (19).

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Davis today (25).

(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Manu Ginobili in 2002 (25).

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)

Ginobili today (40).

(Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)

Tony Parker in 2002 (19).

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/ NBAE/ Getty Images)

Parker today (35).

(Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Russell Westbrook in 2008 (20).

(Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Westbrook today (29).

(Photo by B51/Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Klay Thompson in 2011 (21).

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Thompson today (28).

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony in 2003 (19).

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Anthony today (33).

(Photo by B51/Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Dwyane Wade in 2003 (22).

(Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Wade today (36).

(Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Paul George in 2010 (20).

(Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

George today (27).

(Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Draymond Green in 2012 (22).

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Green today (28).

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Chris Paul in 2006 (20).

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Paul today (32).

(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jimmy Butler in 2011 (22).

(Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Butler today (28).

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

DeMar DeRozan in 2009 (20).

(Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

DeRozan today (28).

(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Ricky Rubio in 2009 (18).

(Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Rubio today (27)

(Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images) 

Kyle Lowry in 2006 (20).

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lowry today (32).

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

John Wall in 2010 (19).

(Photo by Ray Amati/NBAE via Getty Images)

Wall today (27).

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Al Horford in 2007 (21).

(Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Horford today (31).

(Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Victor Oladipo in 2013 (21).

(Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

Oladipo today (25).

(Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

LaMarcus Aldridge in 2006 (21).

(Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Aldridge today (32).

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

J.J. Redick in 2006 (22).

(Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

Redick today (33).

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Damian Lillard in 2012 (22).

(Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lillard today (27).

(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Joel Embiid in 2014 (20).

(Rich Sugg/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)

Embiid today (24).

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

J.R. Smith in 2005 (19)

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

J.R. Smith today (32).

(Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Kyrie Irving in 2011 (19).

(Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Irving today (26).

(Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

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