To decline is human, but to have been good enough initially to garner notice on a list such as this one? Now that is divine. (Or so I hope all included take it, as they resolve not to find me/beat me up.)
To get on this list, you have to have been good—extra points for majorly good—and thus, though declining, someone like Derek Fisher doesn’t qualify. Nor does Rashard Lewis (his exploits in the 2009 conference finals aside—I am still bitter you #$*#).
The guys on this list are the elite, or at least...they were.