NBA: Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James and the 50 Greatest Players Since the Year 2000

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NBA: Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James and the 50 Greatest Players Since the Year 2000
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Dirk Nowitzki and LeBron James are two of the most recognizable names in recent NBA history.

But where do they rank over the last 10-plus years?

The NBA is at a crossroads right now with two generations of superstars in the league today. The last generation—led by guys like Kobe, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, etc.—is on their way out, and we're now debating the potency of their historical legacies. The new generation—LeBron, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, etc.—haven't even tapped their potential yet, and there's no way of telling where they'll end up.

But where does the new generation stack up compared to the old one?  Is it too early to say LeBron has a better career than someone like Tracy McGrady or Allen Iverson? Is Kobe the greatest player we've seen since Jordan?

The following list is based on performance in the regular season and postseason since the year 2000. Anything prior to that doesn't matter, and any future predictions aren't taken into account. If the NBA ended forever today, how would we rank the current stars?

Remember, when I list facts such as number of rings and All-Star appearances, I mean just since the year 2000.

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