Quite a few NBA players are turning in breakout seasons, so it's time to get to know the next wave of impactful stars. Legends such as Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett cannot play forever, even if we wish they could.
The next group of superstars are breaking in before our eyes, but it's up to us to discern which players are special. As future Hall of Famer Steve Nash plays out the final stages of his career, 20-year old point guard Kyrie Irving is performing at a level well above that of a second-year player.
The Association is loaded with eccentric characters and that isn't going to change going forward. Athletes as a whole tend to live larger than average people, which always leads to unforgettable stories.
Some of the players that appear on this list will be partnered with a strange fact, while others will be accompanied by a heartwarming or jaw-dropping one.