The 20 Best NBA Players of the 2000s

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20. Yao Ming

Accomplishments (1999-2000 - 2008-2009): 7x All-Star, All-Rookie, 5x All-NBA
Team(s): Rockets
Stats during the 2000s: 19.1 PPG 9.3 RPG 1.9 BPG
Yao was a problem out there on the court. He was the first of his kind. A 7'6" center that could actually play. Unfortunately, his big body couldn't take the rigors of professional basketball. He was turning into a real star when the injuries bit him. His jumper was automatic and he got better every year. Ming also showed up in the playoffs and was a top-notch center in the league for a couple seasons. If he and Tracy would've stayed healthy, who knows what they could've accomplished. #couldveshouldvewouldve


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19. Chris Webber

Accomplishments (1999-2000 - 2007-2008): 4x All-Star, 4x All-NBA
Team(s): Kings, 76ers, Warriors
Stats during the 2000s: 21.1 PPG 9.7 RPG 4.3 APG 1.4 SPG 1.2 BPG
This guy was a flat-out monster. Chris Webber dealt with injuries his whole career but it wasn't until he hurt his knee during the 2003 playoffs that he slowed down. He still had the numbers and made enough of an impact to be on this list. "The Manchild" snatched rebounds from the sky and dunked them like he was mad at the world. Then he'd go up the court with that sinister scowl reminding foes of his demented talent. He was one of the best big-man passers in league. Chris made his team better, but he never seemed to consistently come through in the clutch. Some say that timeout always haunted him.


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18. Dwight Howard

Accomplishments (2004-2005 - 2008-2009): 3x All-Star, 1x DPOY, All-Rookie, 3x All-NBA, 2x All-Defense, 2x Rebound Champion
Team(s): Magic
Stats during the 2000s: 17.3 PPG 12.5 RPG 1.4 APG 0.9 SPG 2 BPG
Dwight has averaged a double-double since he put on a Magic uniform. Straight out of high school he was a physical marvel. It doesn't get much better than a young 7-footer with unlimited potential. All Howard has to do is keep working on his post moves and his 15-footer, other than those two areas he has a chance to be mentioned among the giants. In his fifth year, Superman led the Magic to the Finals, but lost in five to the Lakers. He can also be a little meaner, although, he did just get his coach fired like he wanted, but reportedly he still wants a trade. Ease your thirst, Laker fans.


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17. Chauncey Billups

Accomplishments (1999-2000 - 2008-2009): 4x All-Star, 1x Finals MVP, 1x Champion, 2x All-Defense, 3x All-NBA
Team(s): Nuggets, Timberwolves, Pistons
Stats during the 2000s: 15.6 PPG 3.1 RPG 5.9 APG 1 SPG
Larry Brown changed Chauncey's career like he changed Iverson's. Before Billups made is way to Detroit he was a journeyman without a true position. He was a combo guard that no coach could figure out. Brown somehow got through to him and Chauncey never looked back. Billups never met a big moment he didn't like and he played top-notch defense. He was the leader of a Pistons team that made it to seven-straight Eastern Conference Finals.


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16. Tony Parker

Accomplishments (2001-2002 - 2008-2009): 3x All-Star, 3x Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 1x All-NBA
Team(s): Spurs
Stats during the 2000s: 16.7 PPG 3.1 RPG 5.6 APG 1 SPG
Throughout the 2000s Tony Parker was one of the most efficient but underrated players in the league. He finally got some shine this year, finishing fifth in MVP votes. Tony has been getting it done since he came into the L as a 19-year-old foreign player. Parker is a score-first point guard that makes all the right decisions and it has resulted in a lot of wins. At 24, he was the Finals MVP while adding a third ring to the collection.


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15. Ben Wallace

Accomplishments (1999-2000 - 2008-2009): 4x All-Star, 4x DPOY, 5x All-NBA, 6x All-Defense, 1x Champion, 2x Rebounding Champion
Team(s): Magic, Pistons, Bulls, Cavs
Stats during the 2000s: 6.8 PPG 11.2 RPG 1.6 APG 1.4 SPG 2.3 BPG
We don't know what it was but something in Detroit turned Ben Wallace into and absolute beast. Maybe it was the tutelage of Larry Brown or it was Wallace taking his craft more seriously. His first three years there he led the planet in rebounds and became the league's top defender. Injuries slowed him down once he took the money and fled to the Windy City. He, along with Sheed, Rip and Billups went to four straight Eastern Conference Finals.


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14. Ray Allen

Accomplishments (1999-2000 - 2008-2009): 9x All-Star, 2x All-NBA, 1x Champion
Team(s): Bucks, Sonics, Celtics
Stats during the 2000s: 22.1 PPG 4.4 RPG 3.8 APG 1.2 SPG
Ray Allen is the smoothest shooter in NBA history. That wasn't his only a.sset back in the 2000s though. When he was still Jesus Shuttlesworth, Allen was an all-around player that could drive, shoot and dish. He was cursed by playing on OK teams in Milwaukee and Seattle that made the playoffs, but weren't considered to be legitimate contenders. So, as soon as he hooked up with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in Boston, it was no surprise they won the title that year. When he goes up for three, uncontested or not, the entire universe knows there's a damn good chance he's making it. Dude's stroke game is up there with the best of 'em. Ayo!


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13. Vince Carter

Accomplishments (1999-2000 - 2008-2009): 8x All-Star, 2x All-NBA
Team(s): Raptors, Nets
Stats during the 2000s: 23.9 PPG 5.4 RPG 4.4 APG 1.3 SPG
After all these years Vince Carter can still throw it down. He defied gravity like no other back in the 2000s. The dude put his elbow through the damn rim for crying out loud. His performance during the 2000 Dunk Contest will go down as one of the greatest displays of flight of all-time. Sure Jordan had some sick dunks, but he was going at it with 'Nique. On that day Vince had no equals. He shut that sh-t down after the first dunk. #KING

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12. Tracy McGrady

Accomplishments (1999-2000 - 2008-2009): 7x All-Star, 7x All-NBA, 2x Scoring Champion
Team(s): Raptors, Magic, Rockets
Stats during the 2000s: 24.4 PPG 6.3 RPG 5.2 APG 1.4 SPG 0.9 BPG
T-Mac was most likely on his way to the Hall of Fame if back and knee injuries didn't rob him of his explosiveness. He could jump out the gym, shoot, pass, play defense and was as clutch as they come. Remember that time he scored 13 points in 35 seconds to beat the Spurs in 2004? He will forever be in our hearts for that performance alone. Most of Tracy's career is filled with "could've beens." If he and Vince stayed together they could've, if Grant Hill's ankle healed right they could've, if Yao's feet held up they could've—you get the point. Those are just some of the reasons McGrady's teams never got out of the first round. We're not going to hold that against him, though. He was fun to watch.


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11. Paul Pierce

Accomplishments (1999-2000 - 2008-2009): 7x All-Star, 1x Finals MVP, 4x All-NBA, 1x Champion
Team(s): Celtics
Stats during the 2000s: 23.3 PPG 6.3 RPG 4 APG 1.5 SPG
The Truth stayed loyal to Boston and it worked out. In 2008, they finally got him some real help and he delivered. Paul Pierce is a sure-fire Hall of Famer just because he's the second all-time leading scorer in Celtics history behind Hondo. He has the "clutch-gene" Skip Bayless loves to talk about. When the game's on the line and he gets to the elbow, you might as well walk off the floor because it's going in. Pierce relishes those moments especially when the opposing fans boo him relentlessly.


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10. Dirk Nowitzki

Accomplishments (1999-2000 - 2008-2009): 8x All-Star, 1x MVP, 9x All-NBA
Team(s): Mavs
Stats during the 2000s: 23.6 PPG 8.9 RPG 2.8 APG 0.9 SPG 1 BPG
They don't make 'em like this very often: A 7-footer with infinite range that could still play with his back to the basket. It took him awhile to find his niche, but when he did, it wasn't safe anymore. Many labeled him soft and rightfully so. He didn't let that get him down, though. Dirk worked and became a better rebounder and defender. He led the Mavs to nine straight playoff appearances in this era and a trip to the Finals. After years of disappointing playoff losses, Nowitzki and the Mavs finally broke through and won the title last year.


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9. Steve Nash

Accomplishments (1999-2000 - 2008-2009): 6x All-Star, 2x MVP, 6x All-NBA, 3x a.ssist Champion
Team(s): Mavs, Suns
Stats during the 2000s: 16.2 PPG 3.2 RPG 9.1 APG 0.8 SPG
O Canada. Steve Nash was turning into one of the league's best floor generals during his time in Dallas, but once he was a part of Mike D'Antoni's system all hell broke loose. Nash turned into the top point guard of the NBA. His high-octane style of play along with Shawn Marion and Amar'e, changed the league forever. Those Nash-led Suns teams, took full advantage of the league's soft image. Big men? Who needs big men when you can score 120 PPG without one? He doesn't miss free-throws, he's clutch and he always puts the ball in the right place. Folks questioned Nash's MVPs after STAT's first year with the Knicks, but he's continuing to prove them wrong with his tremendous play.


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8. Dwyane Wade

Accomplishments (2003-2004 - 2008-2009): 5x All-Star, 1x Finals MVP, 1x Champion, All-Rookie, 2x All-Defense, 4x All-NBA, 1x Scoring Champion
Team(s): Heat
Stats during the 2000s: 25.2 PPG 4.9 RPG 6.7 APG 1.8 SPG 1 BPG
Flash puts it all on the line: He plays a fearless game, sacrificing his body to the basketball Gods on a nightly basis. Sometimes we cringe when he hits the deck even though we know he's going to get right back up. That style of play has made him a fan favorite. In just his third year in the league, Wade was the X-factor and took home the Finals MVP on a team that featured a still capable Shaquille O'Neal. That performance signaled his arrival as one of the NBA's best shooting guards.


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7. LeBron James

Accomplishments (2003-2004 - 2008-2009): 5x All-Star, 1x MVP, Rookie Of The Year, 5x All-NBA, 1x All-Defense, 1x Scoring Champion
Team(s): Cavs
Stats during the 2000s: 27.5 PPG 7 RPG 6.7 APG 1.8 SPG 0.9 BPG
LeBron's rise to stardom was something we've never seen before. He was in the national spotlight in his sophomore year of high school and had lofty, if not, unattainable expectations. James surpassed those expectations by his second year when he carried the Cavs to the Finals for the first time in their history. Every year after that he waited for help that never arrived. Carlos Boozer left for Utah after James' rookie season and Danny Ferry refused to trade J.J. Hickson for STAT; the rest is history.


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6. Jason Kidd


Accomplishments (1999-2000 - 2008-2009): 7x All-Star, 8x All-Defense, 5x All-NBA, 4x a.ssist Champion
Team(s): Suns, Nets, Mavs
Stats during the 2000s: 14 PPG 7 RPG 9.2 APG 1.9 SPG
Like a true pure point guard J-Kidd didn't have to score to make an impact. He led the New Jersey Nets to two straight Finals appearances and made every player on every team he has ever been on better. His court vision is unparalleled and he might have the quickest hands in the business. Though he lacked accuracy from beyond the arch early on in his career, Kidd evolved into the third best three-point shooter in history. A clip of Jason's alleys should be played at the Smithsonian.


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5. Allen Iverson

Accomplishments (1999-2000 - 2008-2009): 10x All-Star, 1x MVP, 6x All-NBA, 3x Scoring Champion, 3x Steals Champion
Team(s): 76ers, Nuggets
Stats during the 2000s: 28.1 PPG 3.6 RPG 6.2 APG 2.2 SPG
A.I. was the NBA in the '00s. He ushered in an era of cornrows, tattoos and not giving a fu*k. He said fu*k practice, fu*k a suit (we're convinced the league instituted the dress code because of him) and fu*k a position. Standing at a generous 6'0", Iverson was thought to be a point guard because of his small stature. It wasn't until Larry Brown smartened up and moved him to the two that Allen truly became "The Answer."

The little guy with a big heart carried the 76ers to the Finals in 2001 and continued to defy physics throughout his career. A.I. was one of the fastest and toughest around the town in his heyday. No one wanted parts of that crossover, not even the greatest. He was clutch, he took it to the rim furiously, he basically could not be stopped. After all that he gave to this game, the God deserves to come back to the L and go out like the G he is.


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4. Kevin Garnett

Accomplishments (1999-2000 - 2008-2009): 10x All-Star, 1x Champion, 1x MVP, 1x DPOY, 10x All-Defense, 8x All-NBA, 4x Rebounding Champion
Team(s): Timberwolves, Celtics
Stats during the 2000s: 21.6 PPG 12.1 RPG 4.7 APG 1.3 SPG 1.6 BPG
The Big Ticket let loyalty get the best of him for the better part of his career. He was the face of the Minnesota Timberwolves for 12 years until Kevin McHale put him out of his misery and sent him packing to Boston in exchange for a team plus a couple picks in the summer of 2007. While in Minny, KG played all three front-court positions and was a revolutionary power forward. Kevin did it all for the Wolves. He plays crazy defense, his jumper is water and he drops four dimes a game. He was known for his intensity when he came straight out of high school and 17 years later he still scares the sh*t out of opponents.


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3. Tim Duncan

Accomplishments (1999-2000 - 2008-2009): 12x All-Star, 2x MVP, 3x Finals MVP, 10x All-Defense, 10x All-NBA, 4x Champion
Team(s): Spurs
Stats (1999-2000 - 2008-2009): 21.4 PPG 11.7 RPG 3.3 APG 2.3 BPG
Tim Duncan is the greatest four to ever do it. The only thing is, he's a center. Semantics aside, Tim has been reigning supreme since he put on a Spurs uniform. "The Big Fundamental" won a title and the Finals MVP in just his second season. He plays like a robot. Every move is calculated, every shot, pass and block are the same. Folks complain about his game, but he's been the face of the winningest franchise in the four major sports the last 15 years. You'll love him when he's gone.


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2. Shaquille O'Neal

Accomplishments (1999-2000 - 2008-2009): 9x All-Star, 1x MVP, 3x Finals MVP, 4x Champion, 8x All-NBA, 3x All-Defense, 1x Scoring Champion
Team(s): Lakers, Heat
Stats (1999-2000 - 2008-2009): 23.1 PPG 10.6 RPG 2.7 APG 2.2 BPG
Easily the most dominate player of this generation, the "Man of Steel" could not be stopped. Nothing worked. Not Hack-A-Shaq, not triple-teams...nothing. He was an underrated passer that made those around him better and pushed young guards like Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade to the limit. Standing at a mammoth 7'1" and 330 lbs, Shaq dominated like many players before him, but no one has ever came along with that much power and quickness at that size. Players bounced off of him like bullets off of the Hulk. He was called for an offensive foul whenever he made a post move and he protected the rim like a savage beast. We might see another Kobe before we see another Shaq.


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1. Kobe Bryant

Accomplishments (1999-2000 - 2008-2009): 10x All-Star, 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 4x Champion, 10x All-NBA, 10x All-Defense, 2x Scoring Champion
Team(s): Lakers
Stats during the 2000s: 28.2 PPG 5.9 RPG 5.2 APG 1.7 SPG
Kobe Bean Bryant is the closest thing to Jordan. So much so, that people hate on him because his game reminds them of Mike. Without a question he patterned his game after "His Airness." There's the fade away, the tongue (at times), the defense and most importantly, the competitiveness. No one in this era wanted to win more than Kobe—they don't call him the "Black Mamba" for nothing. Throughout his career, Kobe has been a cold-blooded a.ssassin, k!lling hopes of fans in every NBA arena. After a three-peat, Bryant went toe-to-toe with a Hall of Fame center and won; chasing Shaq out of town and winning two titles of his own. This is the guy that once scored 81 points in a game that we'll tell our grandkids about.



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 05-26-2012, 01:21 PM         #5
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elvisfreshly 106 heat pts106
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Pierce shoulda been higher and Kobe shouldnt be #1 but w.e big 3 all on it
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rightfully so, Kobe ran this decade
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 elvisfreshly said:
Pierce shoulda been higher and Kobe shouldnt be #1 but w.e big 3 all on it
who should be number 1? Kobe was the most talked about, the best player and everything...he ran this muthafu*ka
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why the hell wasn't Duncan number 1.. or Shaq.
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Steve nash 9th ???

Tony Parker 16th ???


Parker and Nash in top 10 off top
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LOL @ Bron being higher than Wade
LOL @ Kobe being higher than Shaq

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Complex>>>>
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 elvisfreshly said:
Pierce shoulda been higher and Kobe shouldnt be #1 but w.e big 3 all on it
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wtf why is Parker not in the top 10
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Duncan should be number 1
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3.Kobe
2.Duncan
1.Shaq


Also, Pierce should be higher, no reason he should be behind dirk especially if your not counting his finals mvp. It's complex tho so it is what it is
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SoFresh170 27 heat pts27 OP
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so much kobe hate
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 Agentzer0oo0 said:
LOL @ Bron being higher than Wade
LOL @ Kobe being higher than Shaq


Dead bananas everywhere

Complex>>>>
Bron should be over Wade & Kobe should be over Shaq
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