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Before Lebron could slam, before Curry could rain threes, they were kids like the rest of us. They went to school, owned a lunch box, and played on swings and slides. It’s hard to imagine them as kids, but we’ve found photos of Lebron, Steph, and the rest of today’s NBA stars as kids. So check out what these super rich, super athletes looked like before they got famous.
Can you believe this kid here went on to be a #1 pick at just 18 years old, win two NBA championships, four NBA MVP awards, and earn the nickname “The King”? Yup, that’s Lebron James when he was too young too dunk.
If you don’t recognize this guy, it’s because he’s missing his famous beard. Yes, that’s Houston Rocket’s all-star shooting guard, James Harden, sans beard.
Damn, you know these guys are from the hood because that photo is ghetto! Carmelo Anthony ain’t that old to be in black and white photos. And today, he’s one of the NBA most colorful stars.
Does that kid look like he could rain 3’s from half court? Nope, doesn’t even dribble a basketball. But this is the kid that would grow up to be today’s best player in the league.
Perhaps the league’s best floor general, here’s Chris Paul of the L.A. Clipper’s when he was just a freshman in high school. Sure he looks innocent enough, but don’t kid yourself with this kid, he was scoring over 60 points some of his games.
I don’t know how Kevin Durant got his “nice guy” image, because in this pic, he looks like a flat out thug. Although, he is a ruthless killer on the court. Hey Durant, bet you didn’t think you’d be making more money than that back then!
If you don’t know who that player is just by his smile alone, then you don’t know NBA basketball. Yes, that’s the Heat’s franchise player, Dwyane Wade. Funny how he still looks as innocent now, as he did back then.
Shaquille O’ Neal
Ok, so the name on the library card gave it away. But for those that can’t read, if you don’t recognize the kid, no doubt you recognize him as an adult on The NBA on TNT. That’s Shaquille O’ Neal, former NBA all-star and now, star of the hit series – Shaqtin’ A Fool.
This one’s a blast from the past. So far in the past he doesn’t even play anymore. You may not recognize this kid, but odds are, if you look down at your shoes – he made them. Yup, this is the greatest basketball player of all time – Michael Jordan.
Meet “Little Mamba”. If the resemblance ain’t there, it’s because of the hair. Yes, Kobe is old, and bald now – looking nothing like his 6-year old self here. But in case you didn’t hear, even at that age, he was killing guys on the court at least 2 years older than him.