5 NBA Veterans with Only 1 Good Season Left

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5 NBA Veterans with Only 1 Good Season Left
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The NBA has flourished in the last 25 years on the strength of its stars. More than any other professional league, David Stern's Association has specialized in marketing its stars to the public, successfully creating recognizable icons that NBA fans could identify with and embrace.

But that strategy has an obvious pitfall: Stars burn out. Eventually, Michael Jordan dims. Hakeem Olajuwon fades away. Larry Bird doesn't shine as brilliantly.

Newer, brighter stars take the places of their diminishing predecessors. Kobe Bryant ascends. Shaquille O'Neal comes into focus. Dirk Nowitzki lights up arenas. The NBA constellation changes shape over time, but never stops sparkling.

Rarely do NBA stars burn out spectacularly like explosive supernovas. Instead, they fade gradually from season to season, outshone slightly more each year by the new generation.

Sometimes, though, aging stars dig deep, gathering the last traces of brilliance from reserves once thought to be bottomless. For these waning stars, one last gasp is all that's left.

Here are five NBA veterans who've got just one more great season in them before they fade away.

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