These Incredible GIFs Of NBA Stars Show How They’ve Transformed From Their Rookie Years To Now

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I’m not trying to speak for you bro, but odds are if we were to make a gif of our headshots over a decade long period, our dependency on alcohol would show. I gave up on my athletic dreams once college intramural basketball was over, and now my exercise less frequently than 2009 Jonah Hill. I’ve also picked up a healthy smoking habit, so that’s added a few lines to my face. Anyway, enough with my demons.

The folks over at created some dope GIFs of the changes in NBA stars’ faces over their careers. Believe it or not, the most primed athletes on the planet don’t appear to have a substance dependency issue. Except Chris “Birdman” Andersen. That dude hasn’t been sober since Pearl Harbor.

Lebron James, Rookie Year: Age 18, Now: 32

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Anthony Davis, Rookie Year: 20, Now: 23

Chris “Birdman” Anderson, Rookie Year: Age 22, Now: 38

Carmelo Anthony, Rookie Year: Age 19, Now: 32

James Harden, Rookie: Age 20, Now: 27

Dwyane Wade, Rookie: Age 20, Now: 35

Steph Curry, Rookie: Age 20, Now: 28

It’s a goddamn shame Jeremy Lin doesn’t have a GIF. That dude’s had more hairstyles than the Backstreet Boys.

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Matt’s love of writing was born during a sixth grade assembly when it was announced that his essay titled “Why Drugs Are Bad” had taken first prize in D.A.R.E.’s grade-wide contest. The anti-drug people gave him a $50 savings bond for his brave contribution to crime-fighting, and upon the bond’s maturity 10 years later, he used it to buy his very first bag of marijuana.