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Cyril QuinnContributor IJune 29, 2009

With the conclusion of this year's NBA season another decade has come and gone, and with there being little argument over who the team of the decade was hint, they reside in Los Angeles, there is definitely debate on who the five best players were by position this decade. This list will be conducted similar to the how the all-NBA teams are two guards , two forwards and a center.

SHAQUILLE O' NEAL CENTER

We begin with Shaquille O' Neal who battled Tim Duncan for league's best player for most of the decade; O' Neal won four NBA championships and led the Lakers to a three peat from 00-02. Only Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlin have been considered to be more dominate players in NBA history, during the decade he was All-NBA eight times making the first team seven times. He also won three finals MVP awards joining the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Tim Duncan as the only players to do so.

TIM DUNCAN  FORWARD

The greatest powerful of all-time was at his best during this decade in leading the San Antonio Spurs to three championships and contending status every season. Duncan was All NBA first of second team every single year of the decade and was also made the all-defensive team every season of the decade. Duncan's consistency has been taken for granted at times; even at his advanced age he is still arguably the best power forward in the game.

KEVIN GARNETT FORWARD

Garnett started the decade the way he ended the 90's by averaging 20 pts, 10 rebs and 5 ass for the first five years of the decade; which is unheard of for someone his size. Garnett was the 2003-2004 MVP, along with making All-NBA first and second team eight times. Garnett also made his bones on the defensive end winning defensive player of the year in the Celtics championship season of 07-08.

KOBE BRYANT  GUARD

Bryant was the game's best player over the second half of the decade and had a pretty good first half as well teaming up with Shaquille O' Neal to win three straight titles. Bryant was All-NBA every season of the decade and also made the All Defensive team every season but one during the decade. Bryant took his game to a new level in the last two years leading the Lakers to back to back Finals and winning the championship this past season; in that same time period he also led team U.S.A to a gold medal and won regular season and a NBA Finals MVP, he did all of this while playing over 200 games and not missing one game.

JASON KIDD GUARD

Kidd almost single handily put the New Jersey Nets on the map starting in the 2001-2002 season, he would lead them to back to back Finals appearances. During the decade Kidd was All NBA five times and made the All Defensive team eight times. Kidd is one the best pure passing guards ever and is also one the best rebounding guards ever at 6.7 rpg for a career.

Honorable Mention guards. Allan Iverson, Dwayne Wade and Steve Nash.

Honorable Mention Forwards. Lebron James and Dirk Nowitzki.

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