Another season of NBA basketball has begun, and it's once again time to watch as the league's elite battle it out for yet another year. The NBA definitely has a lot of stars, from the young rookies to the veterans in their late 30s.
But forget this season for a second, and let's jump ahead a few seasons. By the time we reach the 2017-2018 season, which is five years from now, in what ways will the NBA change? Will a fresh face take over as the league's most dominating force? And which players will have faded from relevance as their age wears them down?
The only way to really find out would be to wait five years, but there's always room for speculation. These are the NBA's top 20 players, five long years from now.
Note: College prospects without any NBA experience, such as Shabazz Muhammad and Cody Zeller, are excluded from this list.