There’s a growing list of players that have the potential to be instant superstars in the game of basketball, and it includes some of the biggest names in the sport’s history.
Here’s a look at the biggest moments in the careers of some of these players and what it could mean for the game.1.
LeBron James: LeBron James is a four-time NBA champion and a two-time MVP, so it’s easy to see why he’s among the game’s biggest names.
But the story of James’ career is far from over.
He’s just 22 years old, and the two-year span from 2010-2014 was his first full season in the NBA, so his game is still developing.
The big question is whether or not James will stay healthy for all 16 games of this season, or if he’ll have to miss more than a month due to injuries.2.
Karl Malone: Malone was a three-time All-Star who became a star with the Dallas Mavericks, but his career took off when he signed with the Orlando Magic in 2010.
He went on to lead the league in scoring for five straight seasons before retiring at age 32 in 2016.3.
Dennis Rodman: The NBA’s all-time leading scorer and three-point shooter, Rodman had his breakout season in 2006-07 with the Phoenix Suns, when he averaged 17.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
Rodman went on the open market for the first time, signing with the Lakers in 2009.4.
Magic legend Michael Jordan: Jordan is one of the most beloved players in the history of the game, and he was a member of the Orlando franchise that won two NBA titles.
Jordan left Orlando after the 2011-12 season to become the coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, which would become the Philadelphia Warriors in 2012.
Jordan is a three time All-NBA selection and won two more titles with the Bulls, Lakers and Bulls.5.
Kobe Bryant: Bryant, the two time NBA champion, retired at age 40 after playing for the Los Angeles Lakers for 11 seasons.
He won two titles, but the greatest player of all time retired after only one season.
He had a strong career with the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks, but it’s unclear if he’s the best player in the world.6.
Kobe Abdul-Jabbar: Abdul-Jamal was an All-Stars finalist, a four time All American, a three consecutive MVP, a six-time player of the year and two consecutive Finals MVPs.
He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.7.
Karl-Anthony Towns: Towns is the only player in NBA history to lead a team to a title in consecutive years.
Towns won three titles in the Timberwolves organization, but he also won two MVPs with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2014 and 2016.8.
Kevin Durant: Durant became the league’s top scorer in the 2014-15 season, averaging 27.4 per game with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
He led the Thunder to two NBA Finals appearances in five years, and was named a finalist for the Larry O’Brien Award as the best point guard in the league.9.
Chris Paul: Paul played in just seven NBA seasons but has won three championships with the Los Angels Clippers.
He joined the Oklahoma Thunder as an assistant coach before he was traded to the Clippers in 2015.10.
LeBron’s cousin, Kobe Bryant, won three NBA titles with Cleveland in the 1970s.11.
Kareem Abdul-Difaz: The four- time All Star was a two time All USA selection and the first African-American player in history to win a championship with the Houston Rockets.12.
Kobe’s son, James, is also the nephew of Michael Jordan and won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award in 2015, as well as two championships with Miami.13.
LaVar Ball: Ball, the three time NBA MVP, is the son of legendary basketball coach Lonzo Ball.
LaVon Ball, LaVar’s younger brother, was drafted No. 6 overall by the Lakers last season.
La Var is a rising star in the basketball world and is currently in China for the NBA Summer League.14.
Kobe and Shaq’s son D’Angelo: Kobe and D’angelo Shaq are two of the greatest players in history, and they’ve both been named to the All-Defensive Team in each of their seasons in the National Basketball Association.15.
Kobe is the best in the Western Conference, with the Thunder leading the way.
But there’s no doubting the Lakers are a contender in the West, as they finished sixth in the conference last season, and their record was the best since the 2001-02 season.16.
Stephen Curry: Curry’s career has taken off with a strong second season in which he became the second-youngest player in league history to reach 1,000 career points.
The Warriors have won the past five NBA championships