The ‘Prime’ Window for Each Top-5 Player in the NBA Right Now

September 17th, 2015 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »
There is nothing permanent about NBA superstardom.

Certain players inhabit the league's topmost echelon for years, sometimes for more than a decade, sustaining a reign that often feels like it won't ever end.

But it will end.

No matter the player, no matter his level of fame, there is no eschewing decline. Bowing out of the superstar ranks is not a matter of if, but when. And, specifically for the association's top five talents, we're here to forecast that date.

Career trajectory isn't an exact science, so initial rankings will reflect where a player stands entering the 2015-16 season. Last season's performance plays a prominent part in exact placement, but so too does reputation. Recent injuries will not result in exclusion.

Determining how much longer these top-five windows will remain open is a different beast. Age along with wear and tear will be our primary guides. Upcoming megastars angling for entry into this top-five clique will have an impact on the tenure of incumbents as well.

None of what follows is meant to serve as a superstar death warrant. Rather, it's a reminder that top-five acclaim, while sus ...

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