It's an inevitable fact that comes with the passage of time. Each season, the younger players in the NBA typically improve and enhance their respective skills, while the league's seasoned veterans usually take a step back as they rapidly approach the end of their careers.
There are a number of factors that cause those in the latter group to begin their slow decline. Some are squeezed out of starting roles, others are burdened by the after effects of injuries and others are simply unable to maintain the same level of play that they did five or 10 years ago.
So, as we look ahead to the 2012-13 campaign, here's a look at five stars who are headed for a major regression next season.