The Top 50 NBA Players in the Decade of the 2000s

Jed PContributor IIIJune 20, 2011

The Top 50 NBA Players in the Decade of the 2000s

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    This slideshow shows the top 50 players of these past 2000-2011 seasons. 

    This slideshow shows the players who influenced and brought up the best stats through the past 11 years. This slideshow will show a video and around a two-sentence summary of each of the top 50 players since 2000.

    This slideshow is my personal opinion on the top 50 players.

    I hope you guys enjoy it.

    So who is the top of the list? Read it and you'll figure this out. The slideshow will start with the 50th-best player and finish at the top of the list with No. 1.

    Also, don't be puzzled when you don't see names like Michael Jordan in this slideshow, because players who didn't play significant time in the 2000s will not be included.

    Also note that a player who was amazing and dominant in only a short time period will not be included either.

    Another thing: Players who were injured most of their careers will not be considered. All the players are very close together; no player in this slideshow is significantly better than each other.

    How the players are ranked will also depend on playoff stats, performance in the clutch and physical abilities—and for people such as Kevin Durant, potential.This slideshow is not in order.

    Please enjoy and thank you for reading.

Gilbert Arenas

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    Gilbert Arenas would've been higher but after the 2007 season, he didn't do much because of injuries and suspensions. Before that, he was known as a dominant scorer and for his 60-point game in 2006. Also he is excellent at the three-point line.

Antwan Jamison

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    No matter what team he was on, he was a star. He was a dominant shooter and rebounder throughout the 2000s, though after the 2008 season he started slowly breaking down due to injuries. His most impressive season was recorded in 2007-08 where he averaged an about 21 points with 10 rebounds.

Richard Jefferson

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    Jefferson is still young and going. Jefferson was dominant through his seasons for the Nets and the Spurs. He also proved that he can do well if he is given a chance when he recorded 22 points per game and seven rebounds in the 2004-05 season. He also is a tremendous dunker. 

Gary Payton

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    Yes, I underrate him; he's much better than this. Though he didn't make a significant difference in the NBA since the early 2000s, he showed that he can pass and score at the same time.

Brad Miller

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    Brad Miller produced through the decade, staying dominant. He is one of the only players that you can say got rebounds, points and more throughout his whole career, and that's what makes him special.

David Robinson

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    To me, he is one of the top players of all time. He averaged up to 28 points, 4.5 blocks and 13 rebounds in a single season in his career. If not for him only playing three years in the 2000s, he would be near the top of the list. He also recorded a 71-point game and a nine-block game in his career.

Manu Ginobili

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    He is arguably the best sixth man in NBA history. I think that says enough, and yet he is still having successful seasons. He has a tremendous three-point shot.

Steve Francis

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    Played for 10 years, a triple-double threat, can almost do everything an NBA player needs to do.

Amar'e Stoudemire/Carmelo Anthony Duo

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    Amar'e has had great success throughout his career, though injuries stopped him of being atop the list. When him and Carmelo were on the Knicks together, they showed they can work together in order to be a playoff threat. This truly impresses me.

Peja Stojakovic

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    He has already gone downhill. Though being on the Hornets, Pacers and Kings, he had some great seasons. He is also one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA

Rashard Lewis

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    This is another one of those guys that you can say, just like Brad Miller, was dominant throughout his career. Also, he rebounded from the 1999-00 season from being a backup, evolving into a star as soon as the 2000-01 season started. Also, he was another excellent 3-point shooter.

Yao Ming

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    Yao Ming was just a regular player from Shanghai—that's until he got chosen as the first pick in 2002 and became a major sensation in the NBA. Before his season and possibly career-ending surgery, he had averaged at least 8.2 rebounds per season. In his career, he is averaging 19.2 points per game, 9.2 rebounds per game and 1.9 blocks per game.

Dwight "Superman" Howard

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    He is a real Superman—or should I say, superstar. Yet he is only 25 and has many years to come. He never got below 10 rebounds per game and got up to 14.2 rebounds per game in a single season. In all his years he is averaging 12.9 rebounds per game. He is is a great shot-blocker and is known for his massive, amazing dunks.

Vince Carter

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    He is expensive but worth it. His best season saw him recording 28 points per game, five assists and six rebounds in the 2004-05 season. He is a real beast at almost everything. He also shot threes and played for the Magic and Nets for the majority of his career. Also, even with his 6'6" height he still is one of the best dunkers of all time.

Michael Redd

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    Despite injury, he became a great and dominant scorer, averaging 20 points per game. He was a great three-point shooter as well. 

Michael Finley

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    In Finley's career, he didn't put up great stats, but he proved he is a top player by playing the best he can. He played for 15 years and continuously improved. Also, he went his entire career without being a threat to injury.

Andre Miller

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    Through Miller's career, he was arguably one of the best point guards. He had great ball-handling skills and still does. In his best season he recorded 16 points per game and 11 assists per game.

Marcus Camby

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    He put up tremendous stats throughout his career. He didn't guarantee a point nor a rebound, but whenever you need to get a rebound or a block that can save the day, he's your guy. He is possibly one of the best rebounders and shot-blockers of all time.

Tony Parker

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    Parker is an elite point guard who has been dominant throughout his career and is still going. To Spurs fans he is a legend and the face of their franchise. 

Jason Terry

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    Jason Terry is one of the best three-point shooters of all time. Also, he can take a defense and is a great co-star to the team next to Nowitzki.

Baron Davis

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    A tremendous three-point shooter. He doesn't have the word selfish in his dictionary. Has a high IQ of basketball—a true point guard. Currently in jeopardy of losing his job and his long career to future Cav-to-be point guard Kyrie Irving. Also, he is a great playmaker. 

Pau Gasol/Lamar Odom Franchise

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    Pau Gasol has had a tremendous influence on the NBA. He scores, blocks, rebounds a ton of missed shots and helps his team not only in stats but also in gameplay. Lamar Odom is a nice guy who has gone through struggles in his life, losing a son and more. He is the sixth man of the franchise, so therefore he is an important piece in NBA history. 

Jermaine O'Neal

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    He went from an 18-year-old picked 17th to a new era of the league. He came in as a scrubby backup in his first four years of his career. Once he came to the Pacers, he started his combination of shot-blocking, shooting and rebounding. His best recorded season was when he knocked down 24 points per game, nine rebounds and two blocks in the 2004-05 season. However, he has struggled with injuries. 

Stephon Marbury

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    Marbury was a dominant point guard throughout his career. A strong player that saved the Knicks franchise from completely losing hope and played through 13 quality seasons. Unfortunately in 2008, the loss of his father sent him to on a downfall and eventually stopped playing.

Rasheed Wallace

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    Wallace was an aggressive player who never gave up during his 15 years in the league. He led the Pistons' star-studded team in the early 2000s and is an unforgettable center, rebounder and shooter of the NBA.

Ray Allen

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    The best three-point shooter of all time. Part of the unbeatable three-player combo in Boston. Used to contribute for the Seattle SuperSonics before they moved to Oklahoma City. He even averaged up to 3.5 three-pointers per game. He competed in many three-point shooting contests and was very successful throughout his career.

Mike Bibby

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    He put up about the same stats for almost 10 years straight. So why is this so impressive? He averaged 21 points and five assists per game in 2005-06, after averaging 19 points and seven assists per game the previous season. Terrific stats for his reputation. He is a player to die for to be on your team. 

Antoine Walker

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    He was one of the best scorers of all time. He averaged 18 points and nine rebounds in his rookie year and 18 points and eight rebounds are his career averages. He starts off well and ends well. In the middle years, he recorded up to 23 points per game and nine boards and also close to six assists. He was even a triple-double threat.

Sam Cassell

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    He was so good he was like an alien in the NBA. He was stable in points but otherwise unpredictable. He could get nine rebounds per game or even three rebounds per game each year. He was a good shooter. A great teammate and player to have on a team. 

Chris Paul

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    Chris Paul is speedy. He is a great ball-handler and has a high IQ in basketball skills. He passes the ball smoothly, can shoot and his main skill is that he can sneak behind a player and easily steal the ball. This makes him currently possibly the best point guard in the NBA.

Karl Malone

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    In his career, he was truly amazing averaging 25 points and 10 rebounds per game. He also never declined, nor had a serious injury. Besides the 2001-02 and 2003-04 seasons, he never missed more than one game in a single season during the decade. He would've been lower on the list but he didn't play for a significant time in the 2000s.

John Stockton

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    Made a beastly duo with him and Malone. For his entire career, together with Malone, he made the Jazz contenders, saved a team and made a franchise.

Paul Pierce

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    After his NBA debut, Pierce's ability to score, rebound and play defense—and a healthy dose of late-game heroics—led to his emergence as a top player in the Eastern Conference. Another piece contributing to the Celtics' continuous success. Pierce was a nine-time All-Star and the 2008 Finals MVP.

Shawn Marion

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    He was known as "the Matrix" for his seemingly bionic athleticism. He can play many positions, and is a terrific athlete. He is great in the playoffs, as he averaged 15 points and nine rebounds per game in his 92 career playoff games. He was also a beast at rebounding, as in 2005-06 season he got close to 12 boards per game.

Chris Webber

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    Here's C-Webb at 15. The former rookie of the year is a complete beast. He has tremendous rebounding skills as he averaged up to 13 rebounds per game in a year. He also averaged up to 27 points per game in his career. Webber is also very clutch as in his 80 playoff games of his career in which he averaged 19 points and 9 boards per game.

Elton Brand

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    The former 1st pick of the draft in 1999 is Elton Brand. Brand, who is now on the 76ers is a great rebounder and shot blocker as he averages close to 10 rebounds per game in his career. He also averages 2 blocks per game in his career so far. He is even Clippers franchise leader with offensive rebounds. He is a 2 time all star.

Dirk Nowitzki

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    To me Nowitzki, makes almost every shot of the game, wins titles and is a future and current MVP candidate. He won the championships for the Dallas Mavericks and gave faith and hope in their team. He's a true leader of a team. 

Chauncey Billups

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    Nickname was and was given the nickname "Mr. Big Shot" for making late-game shots with Detroit. He was named MVP of the finals in 2004 with the Pistons beating the Lakers. He was also named to the USA team. In his playoff career he has produced significantly. In all 140 playoff games in which he played in he averaged 18 points per game and 6 assists per game. 

Ben Wallace

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    Ben Wallace is one of the best defenders in NBA history. He is nicknamed "Big Ben" because he is a center/power forward at 6"9'. He is similar to Marcus Camby. He doesn't guarantee points but he guarantees a good amount of boards per game. He also has a good defensive reputation tying Dikembo Mutumbo for being a 4 time defensive player of the year. He was part of the Detroit Pistons championship team and in the 2003-04 season he recorded 15.4 rebounds per game in 73 games in the season. 

Allen Iverson

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    Iverson is an 11 time all star, that's is already saying enough for him to be in the top 10. He was also named the most valuable player in the 2001 season. In 2008 he was rated the 5th best shooting guard of all time by ESPN. He was a scorer as he averaged up to 33 points per game, and 27 per game in his career. He also stole a ton. Also in his career he averaged 6.6 assists per game. Though his main heroic act was in the playoffs, where he averaged 30 points and 6 assists per game in 71 games.

Steve Nash

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    In the 2004-05 and 2005-06 season he received the MVP award.  He is also ranked as one of the top players in NBA league history for three point shooting, free-throw shooting, total assists and assists per game. In 4 seasons of his career he averaged over 11 assists per game. In the playoffs, Nash averaged 17.3 points per game, and 9 assists per game. He is a true point guard, and a great teammate for a team.

Jason Kidd

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    He is the king of triple-doubles. He is 3rd in franchise history recording 107 triple doubles in his career. He also helped the Mavericks win the 2011 NBA championships. He is also a threat for steals.

    In New Jersey in the 2007-08 season he almost averaged a triple double per game. He averaged 11 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds per game. 

    In the span over 142 games in the playoffs, he averaged 14 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds per game.

Kevin Durant

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    Kevin Durant is a superstar and could possibly be the best player in NBA at the moment. He knows how to do everything from assists, rebounds, and scoring. Yet, he is so young he is only 22. He won the rookie of the year award and set a record for the youngest player ever to be the leader in scoring(30.1 PPG when he was 21 years old).

Tracy McGrady

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    Tracy McGrady has set many accomplishments. Being a 7 time all star, leading in scoring in the 2003, and 2004 season and more. He has been criticized for never leading his team to winning a title. Though, what those people don't realize is in the post season he is 5th in all time with a 28.5 PPG and 1st on the active players list in post season PPG. McGrady is famous for his tremendous game where he had 13 points over 35 seconds.

Kobe Bryant

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    Kobe Bryant is known for his post-season record. He has appeared in every all star game in his career besides two. He won MVP of the all star games 5 times. He was on the all USA team 13 times, and won 5 titles. He can almost do anything. In the 2007 season he was named most valuable player.

    He is famous for his 81 point game second to most points in a game behind Chamberlain. In the 2005-06 season he recorded an outstanding 35.4 PPG.

    In the playoffs Bryant averages 25 points per game over the span of 208 games.

Tim Duncan

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    He has a ton of awards. Let me get started with his MVP awards. He is a 2 time MVP, and a 3 time finals MVP. He has also won the rookie of the year award, and 4 titles while he was on the Spurs.

    His great leadership, consistency, and the fact how he is so clutch makes him arguably the top power forward in NBA history. In the playoffs he has especially contributed where he averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds per game. This lead to him being extremely successful in his career, and the player he is now.

Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Boshs' Big 3

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    In the offseason of 2010 Lebron James,Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh formed a big 3. 

    Dwayne Wade was the 2006 NBA finals MVP. He is known as flash. His best season was when he posted 30 points per game, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds per game in the 2008-09 season.

    Lebron James is a 2 time MVP, former rookie of the year, and more. He is known for originally forming the Big 3, where he became a hero, and made his nickname "King James" in affect more often. Ever since 2005 he has been on the all NBA team, and the all star team. He is also a triple-double threat. 

    Chris Bosh was in 6 all star games(5, but was elected to be in 6). He is known as a premier rebounder and the former star of Toronto. He is also known for joining Dwayne Wade, and Lebron James to form a big 3. His nickname is "CB4" (Chris Bosh number of his jersey).

Kevin Garnett

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    Since his 2nd season Garnett has been always named to the all star team including the MVP award of the all star team in 2003. He was also awarded the NBA defensive player of the year in the 2007-08 season. In 2004 he was voted to be the most valuable player. 

    In his career he averaged up to 14 rebounds per game in a season, and 25 points. In 105 games in the playoffs he averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds. 

    In his first year which he was traded to the Celtics, he won a title with them, forming the big 3, with himself,Pierce, and Allen.

    KG is in the house as he is runner up to.....

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL

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    Here at number 1 is "Shaq" one of the fattest players in the entire NBA.  He overpowered opponents with points, and boards and of course he can get through them. 

    Quickly after he was drafted he won rookie of the year award and became a star studded center, later leading his team to the finals. O'Neal soon won the 1999-00 MVP awards. He was also in a whopping 15 all star games. 

    Not only this but the "Shaq diesel" also recorded 4 tapes. Yes he was a rapper. 

    In his currently ended career he recorded over 1,200 games and averaged 24 points per game in his career, with a whopping 11 rebounds per game. 

    In his MVP season "Shaq" recorded 30 points and 14 rebounds per game. Yes he completely deserved it. Also in the playoffs of that season, he recorded 31 points and 15 boards per game in 23 games.

    In his playoff career, over 216 games, "Shaq" averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds per game.

    "Shaq" was also an actor, he was arguably the silliest player in the NBA. Even Dwight Howard wants to be like him.

    Shaq officially retired on June 2nd, 2011 where he ended his bright career, and will soon enter as a hall of famer.