NBA careers can come and go in the blink of an eye. For these superstars, though, that blink can last an eternity.
Some are approaching the end, while others are still embarking on their NBA journeys. All good things must come to an end, and sadly that goes for superstar basketball players as well.
For each individual star, that timetable is different. There are injuries and contracts, as well as slippage in skills that will affect each player differently.
Generally stars have the lengthiest careers because their skills take forever to decline. Then again, don't forget names like Brandon Roy, Greg Oden and Len Bias—potential superstars whose careers were (probably) cut short by outside factors.
As a disclaimer, there is a rhyme and reason to how these superstars were chosen. Everyone on this list, with the exception of Kevin Durant, has been chosen to receive either a regular-season or NBA Finals MVP award. For the purposes of this piece, that is what it takes to be a superstar in the NBA. Durant is my pick for 2012-13 MVP and is thus included.
Note: All statistics used in this story are accurate as of January 6, 2013.