Who Would Make Up an NBA All-Decade Team for the 2000s?

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Who Would Make Up an NBA All-Decade Team for the 2000s?
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The 2000s (2000-2009) were a fantastic time for NBA basketball. Dynasties like the Spurs and Lakers displayed their continual dominance, and underdogs like the Pistons and Mavericks showed fine examples of a true team effort.

Players like Shaquille O'Neal and Tim Duncan dominated the paint, while Kobe Bryant took control of the perimeter. Jason Kidd and Steve Nash showed mastery at leading a team, and Dirk Nowitzki showed that Europeans can ball too. LeBron James showed that players sometimes do live up to the hype, while Kwame Brown showed that sometimes...they don't.

In determining who would make the team, I set it up as such: five starters, organized by position, and seven bench players (five backups and two wild cards). Sort of like how they determine the All-Star teams, except I'm differentiating forwards (power forward and small forward) and guards (point guard and shooting guard).

In determining who to select, I tried to go by individual statistics and team success. Popularity had no part in the decision-making.

NOTE: All statistics are from the 2000-2001 to 2008-2009 season.

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