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Started from the Bottom, Now We Here: Remembering NBA Stars' Rookie Debuts

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Started from the Bottom, Now We Here: Remembering NBA Stars' Rookie Debuts
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It's easy to forget that every established NBA superstar was once a fresh-faced rookie, just hoping to make it through his first minutes in the league without getting dunked on.

So at the dawn of the 2013-14 NBA season, we've compiled photos, stat lines and even a few quotes to commemorate the debuts of some of the league's biggest stars. And just to emphasize the before-and-after effect, we've mashed up those debut photos with more recent pictures.

Some of today's marquee names barely saw the court in their first NBA games, while others had shockingly good initial showings. And speaking of shocking, a few of these guys—LeBron James comes to mind—seem to have morphed into different people during their careers.

As Charles Barkley so often says, "Father Time is undefeated," and LBJ's extra wrinkles prove that.

Not Andre Iguodala, though. He clearly spent the last decade sleeping in an anti-aging chamber.

Let's dive in.

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