Sustained glory comes in small doses in the NBA.
For every Kobe Bryant, who has dominated the league for the past 16 seasons, there is a Tracy McGrady, who was on top of the world before injuries cut his Hall of Fame-worthy prime short.
For those in need of further evidence, compare Manu Ginobili with Vince Carter and Kevin Garnett with Shareef Abdur-Rahim.
Although careers have been cut short by both injuries and Father Time, there is a factor that some may be hesitant to acknowledge. This, of course, is the overwhelming infusion of youth and athleticism that comes through the NBA once a calendar year via the NBA draft.
While there is a great deal of talent currently on the rise—including a spectacular 2012 NBA draft class—the league will be shaped by players currently enrolled in college, high school or international basketball.
Who can we expect to dominate?
You're about to learn which 10 players will shape the NBA for years to come.