Decade Versus Decade: Which Was the NBA's Best?

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Decade Versus Decade: Which Was the NBA's Best?
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It is an argument every basketball fan has had: Which decade has the best players?

Some will say the 70s, with the creativity and freedom of ABA. Others will point to the 2000s as the top decade. This was the decade that saw the return of guard play.

The league had been dominated by giants for a few years and the 2000s brought back the exciting guard play that made the NBA so fantastic. So rather than reliving those unforgettable moments that each decade possessed, let us pit the top players of each decade against each other to see who truly would reign supreme.

Beginning with the 1970s and going all the way to 2010, we will take the five best players of each 10-year span and put that team up against another five players from another decade. The criteria that were used in establishing who was a top player in his decade are simple. First, the player needed to have played five or more years in that decade and he had to have made the All-Star team at least five times in that decade to be considered a top player.

The playoffs and playoff seeding were a simple formula. The seeding would be based on championships. The team that won the most championships would be seeded No. 1 and the decade with the least amount of championships would be seeded No. 4.  

Now that we have established what system was used in selecting the players for each decade, let us now reveal each roster.

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