The 2000s were built on slashing swingman with long arms and incredible scoring combo guards. These players' athleticism and ability to score brought excitement to the game when Michael Jordan retired from the Chicago Bulls.
Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, Allen Iverson, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter, Ray Allen, Stephon Marbury, Baron Davis, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James are the some of those players in the post-Jordan era that changes the game of basketball. So who would you rather have on your team?
10. Baron Davis
Now you may be surprised that I have Baron Davis so low and I didn't want to have a great player like him this low but in his 10-year career, B-Diddy only had four seasons when he played all 82 games (and only three when he play starter minutes).
Six seasons in which he played less than 70 games including this season (if he plays every game this season, he will still play less than 70 games).
He led his team to the postseason six times.
The two time All-Star has averaged 17.0 ppg, 7.3 apg, 1.9 spg, and .410 FG percentage throughout his career.
9. Stephon Marbury
Over the years, many people thought Marbury was really a shooting guard who can play point guard because of his ability to score.
Marbury is known as a distraction everywhere he goes because of his off the court issues and his huge ego.
He led his team to the postseason five times.
The two time All-Star has averaged 19.6 ppg, 7.7 apg, 1.2 spg, and .433 FG percentage throughout his career.
8. Ray Allen
Ray Allen is one of best shooters in NBA history. He's second all time in three pointers made behind Reggie Miller.
On top of that, he's great in the clutch and steps up when his team needs him the most.
He led his team to the postseason five times and has a NBA Championship.
The nine time All Star has averaged 20.9 ppg, .448 FG%, .398 three point percentage and .893 FT percentage throughout his career.
7. Vince Carter
Vinsanity is best known for his amazing dunks and is considered by many the greatest dunker of all-time.
Vince Carter is more than just great dunker, he's a great scorer but doesn't put his full effort on the defensive end.
He led his team to the postseason six times.
The seven time All-Star has averaged 23.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.2 spg, and .446 FG percentage throughout his career.
6. Tracy McGrady
I wanted to put Tracy McGrady in the Top five but in his 11-year career, six of them T-Mac has played less than 70 games.
But with the exception of LeBron James, McGrady is the best all-around player out of the 10 players in this article. He's a great scorer (won two scoring titles), has amazing court vision, and is an underrated defender.
He's the fourth best postseason scorer in NBA history (28.5 ppg) just behind Allen Iverson, Wilt Chamberlain, and Michael Jordan. He led his team to the postseason seven times but never got out the first round.
The seven time All-Star has averaged 22.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 4.7 apg, and .436 FG percentage throughout his career.
5. Paul Pierce
The Truth is one of the best scorers in the NBA today and one of the best in the clutch in NBA history.
He's among the best players in Celtics history.
He led his team to the postseason five times and has a NBA Championship and was the 2008 NBA Finals MVP.
The seven time All-Star has averaged 22.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.6 spg, and .443 FG percentage throughout his career.
4. Dwyane Wade
Flash is another player who has been injury prone throughout his career. The six-year vet has three seasons with less than 70 games played.
D-Wade is probably the best shot-blocking guard in NBA history. He's a great player but in the final minutes of the game he evaluates every aspect. His scoring, his defense and his shooting (worst shooter out of the ten players in the article).
He led his team to the postseason four times and has a NBA Championship and was the 2006 NBA Finals MVP.
The five time All-Star has averaged 25.0 ppg, 6.7 apg, 1.8 spg, and .484 FG percentage throughout his career.
3. Allen Iverson
A.I. is one of the best scorers in the NBA history and one of the best stealers of all-time.
He was the 2001 MVP, won four scoring titles and the best player in NBA history under 6'4".
He led his team to the postseason nine times, he's the second best scorer in postseason history and in 2001, he led a team of role players to the NBA finals.
The nine time All-Star has averaged 27.1 ppg, 6.2 apg, 2.2 spg, and .425 FG percentage throughout his career.
2. LeBron James
King James is the best all around player in the NBA. He's an amazing scorer, great rebounder and has extraordinary court vision for a 6'8" forward.
He won a scoring title and became the third player to in NBA history to averaged 30 ppg, 8 rpg, and 7 apg.
He led his team to the postseason three times and just like A.I led a team to the NBA Finals.
The five time All-Star has averaged 27.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 6.7 apg, and .470 FG percentage throughout his career.
1. Kobe Bryant
I may not be a Kobe fan but I would love to have him on my team. Early his career, he may have been a little selfish but he was mature beyond his years.
He is an incredible scorer. With the exception of Wilt Chamberlain, no one has had more 60 point games than Kobe. Plus, Kobe wants to be the best player ever so he does what's best for his team. He scores when he has to, he passes when he has to and is one of the on the ball defenders in NBA today.
He led his team to the postseason eleven times and won three NBA Championships.
The eleven time All-Star has averaged 25.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.6 apg, and .455 FG percentage throughout his career.
These players' great play help shape the NBA today. All are players anyone one would love on their team. Although some has weaknesses, their strengths can be compared to all time greats.
Post your thoughts, tell if you agree, disagree or feel that I forgot some players to add to this list.