Many of the NBA's veteran players are approaching various career milestones.
One of the most intriguing things about basketball is that competitive balance has really always been there.
The NBA has seen players grow bigger, faster and stronger over the years, but the simple act of putting the ball in the hoop and stopping someone from doing so won't ever change. The competitive balance is what helps make it such a great sport and league.
It also gives us individual accomplishments and milestones as benchmarks of careers. Surpassing the names of players who ran the court long before and are long since enshrined in Springfield gives players a strong sense of accomplishment and historical respect.
In the NBA, longevity is a rarity, and should therefore be celebrated. That new wave of athletic superstars are rowing older now, and their longevity is really being tested. Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett represented a change in the game that has led us to Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant.
Now that generation is approaching and succeeding milestones while inking their own names into the tops of history books.
Note: Stats accurate through games on Jan. 3, 2013.