If we have learned one thing in the beginning of this shortened, condensed season, it is the fact that youth is a necessity for NBA success: Just look at the veteran-filled Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks. Both teams are struggling immensely with the up-tempo game that the NBA has evolved into.
With blossoming stars Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose leading the way, we are welcoming in a new generation of NBA superstars. But with every young, up-and-coming star ready to start their career, there is an old veteran waiting to hang it up.
Just this past offseason, we have seen the demise of the careers of sharpshooter Peja Stojakovic, former first overall pick Joe Smith, long-time Cavalier Zydrunas Ilgauskas, the athletic Antonio McDyess and the miraculous Shaquille O'Neal.
This year will be no different.
A new group of elder statesmen in the NBA will decide to hang up their legendary careers. Here are my five future Hall of Fame players who will call it quits before next season.