It seems like just yesterday when LeBron James graced the NBA in an oversized Cleveland Cavaliers uniform dubbed as the next big thing. The 18-year old came into the league with a world of expectations on his shoulders, and despite his growing accolades and achievements, James’ biggest accomplishment may be not just living up to the hype, but in fact exceeding it.

James burst on the scene with 25 points, nine assists, six rebounds, and four steals in a sterling performance against the Sacramento Kings which put the world on notice that he was special. He was a star as soon as he entered the league, and he continued to ascend and evolve into one of the greatest players to ever touch a basketball.

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With James’ 32nd birthday just around the corner, have put together a glorious animated GIF showing James morphing from an 18-year old teenager to the legend we know today. The GIF continues to move and show James’ transformation throughout the years, all whilst still keeping his infectious smile.

James has recently signed a contract extension this off-season for another three years, and it’s almost guaranteed that it won’t be the last contract he will sign before he finishes playing. He is far from done, and we will continue to see the King do his thing for the foreseeable future.

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