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:

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Today's NBA All-Stars then and now

LeBron James as a rookie — 19 years old

(AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

LeBron James today — 34 years old

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Kevin Durant as a rookie — 19 years old

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Kevin Durant today — 30 years old

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Kyrie Irving as a rookie — 19 years old

(AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Kyrie Irving today — 26 years old

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Kawhi Leonard as a rookie — 20 years old

(AP Photo/Darren Abate)

Kawhi Leonard today — 27 years old

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

James Harden as a rookie — 20 years old

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

James Harden today — 29 years old

(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Anthony Davis as a rookie — 19 years old

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Anthony Davis today — 25 years old

(AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)

Klay Thompson as a rookie — 21 years old

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Klay Thompson today — 29 years old

(Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Damian Lillard as a rookie —22 years old

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Damian Lillard today — 28 years old

(Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

LaMarcus Aldridge as a rookie — 21 years old

(Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

LaMarcus Aldridge today — 33 years old

(Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

Karl-Anthony Towns as a rookie — 20 years old

(Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Karl-Anthony Towns today — 23 years old

(Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)

Bradley Beal as a rookie — 19 years old

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Bradley Beal today — 25 years old

(Photo by Brian Sevald/NBAE via Getty Images)

Ben Simmons as a rookie — 21 years old

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Ben Simmons today — 22 years old

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

Dwyane Wade as a rookie — 22 years old

(Photo by Victor Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Dwyane Wade today — 37 years old

(Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Giannis Antetokounmpo as a rookie — 19 years old

(Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

Giannis Antetokounmpo today — 24 years old

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Stephen Curry as a rookie — 21 years old

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Stephen Curry today — 30 years old

(Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Joel Embiid as a rookie — 22 years old

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Joel Embiid today — 24 years old

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Paul George as a rookie — 20 years old

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Paul George today — 28 years old

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Kemba Walker as a rookie — 20 years old

(AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

Kemba Walker today — 28 years old

(Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

Khris Middleton as a rookie — 22 years old

(Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

Khris Middleton today — 27 years old

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Nikola Jokic as a rookie — 19 years old

(Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nikola Jokic today — 23 years old

(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Blake Griffin as a rookie — 21 years old

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Blake Griffin today — 29 years old

(Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

D'Angelo Russell as a rookie — 20 years old

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

D'Angelo Russell today — 22 years old

(Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nikola Vucevic as a rookie — 21 years old

(AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

Nikola Vucevic today — 28 years old

(AP Photo/John Raoux)

Kyle Lowry as a rookie — 20 years old

(Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kyle Lowry today — 32 years old

(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Russell Westrook as a rookie — 20 years old

(AP Photo/Bob Levey)

Russell Westrook today — 30 years old

(AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)

Dirk Nowitzki as a rookie — 20 years old

(Photo by Icon Sportswire)

Dirk Nowitzki today — 40 years old

(Photo by Darren Carroll/NBAE via Getty Images)

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