Long before they were playing under the bright lights of the NBA, the likes of Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard and other stars were creating legendary high school legacies across the country. That pair and dozens of others managed to beat the minuscule odds of reaching NBA stardom for even the most talented players and are now earning millions thriving at the highest level.

As we approach the midway point of the season, let’s step back and enjoy a few videos of NBA stars when they were dominating overmatched high school opponents:

Russell Westbrook


Damian Lillard

Anthony Davis

Kawhi Leonard

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