The NBA's Top 10 Players of the 2000s
The top 10 players of the decade, in my opinion, starting from 10 and going all the way down to one.
So many great players had to be left out. Lebron, Wade etc, to me don't count because they haven't played every year since 2000.
Honorable Mention: Ray Allen, Vince Carter, Gilbert Arenas
Tell me what you think and what players have been left out, who deserved to make it, who didn't, etc.
No. 10— Tracy McGrady
Injuries have hurt him, along with his not getting out of the first round while healthy, but I had to put him in somewhere.
No. 9—Dirk Nowitzki
Not the clutchest performer, but in my mind isn't a choker despite his NBA Finals loss.
Probably one of the worst-rebounding seven-footers and defenders I've seen, but he actually has some leadership.
Did I mention he can shoot and cause numerous mismatches?
No. 8—Paul Pierce
I hate the Celtics, but he has been consistent, made big shots, and is loyal to Boston, which I respect.
No. 7—Steve Nash
He can't play defense, but he can shoot, pass, and control an offense like none I've seen before.
Back-to-back MVP's also amazing.
No. 6—Jason Kidd
He and Nash were neck and neck but I chose Kidd for the sixth spot.
One, he's a better rebounder, and my deciding factor is that he's been to the finals and come up clutch against the C's in the conference finals.
No. 5—Kevin Garnett
Intensity...it just oozes off his body.
He is tough, a leader, great defender, good shooter, has good post moves, and is a great rebounder.
Just about everything you could want out of a PF.
He won and MVP and he could be ranked higher but I just chose to put him behind some pretty good players.
No. 4—Allen Iverson
I've seen him, and he's not 6'0", he's closer to 5'10".
As good a handle, toughness, and leadership as I've ever seen.
He could score with the best of them.
No. 3—Kobe Bryant
Got the benefit of playing with prime Shaq, but still was a key contributor.
Clutch in the playoffs and regular season.
His playoff accomplishments: 50 points against Suns, four rings, Finals MVP, 48 points, 16 rebounds against the Kings, and a buzzer-beater against the Suns.
No. 2—Tim Duncan
A leader, and so close to being No. 1.
If it was 1999-2009 then he might of been No. 1 with the extra ring and finals MVP.
Quiet, but he leads by example.
Time to get to No. 1.
No. 1—Shaquille O'Neal
Shaq, the Big Diesel, Superman, Aristotle.
He is the most dominant player since Wilt.
Standing seven-feet and weighing 300 pounds, Shaq was the force in the paint that could not be stopped.
A four-time champion, has one MVP and three finals MVPs...amazing.
He is my player of the decade.