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The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s 

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Updated October 16, 2019 111.7k votes 10.4k voters 77k views 123 items

List Rules Vote up players who had the most success from 2000-2009.

List of the best NBA players of the past decade, ranked by fans and people like you. Vote below, then head over and check out the best NBA players of the 2010s.

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1
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
Small forward and Power forward from Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 35

Number: 23

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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2
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
Center from Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Age: 47

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

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3
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
Power forward and Center from Christiansted, United States Virgin Islands

Age: 43

Number: 21

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4
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
Point guard and Shooting guard from Hampton, Virginia, United States of America

Age: 44

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

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#1,527 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #12 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

5
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
Power forward from Würzburg, Germany

Age: 41

Number: 41

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

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6
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
Point guard and Shooting guard from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: 41

Number: 24

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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7
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
Power forward from Greenville, South Carolina, United States of America

Age: 43

Number: 5

Teams: Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

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8
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
Shooting guard and Small forward from Bartow, Florida, United States of America

Age: 40

Teams: Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

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#2,038 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #32 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #9 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

9
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
Point guard and Shooting guard from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Age: 37

Number: 3

Teams: Miami Heat

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10
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
wiabux added Small forward from Washington, D.C., United States of America

Age: 31

Number: 35

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

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11
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
Point guard from Johannesburg, South Africa

Age: 45

Number: 10

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

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12
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
Shooting guard and Small forward from Daytona Beach, Florida, United States of America

Age: 42

Number: 25

Teams: Atlanta Hawks

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13
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
Shooting guard from Merced, California, United States of America

Age: 44

Number: 34

Teams: Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

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14
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
Point guard from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

Age: 34

Number: 3

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

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15
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
Point guard from California, United States of America

Age: 46

Number: 5

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

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16
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
Small forward from Oakland, California, United States of America

Age: 42

Number: 34

Teams: Boston Celtics

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17
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
wiabux added Point guard from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Age: 31

Number: 1

Teams: Detroit Pistons

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18
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
Shooting guard from Bahía Blanca, Argentina

Age: 42

Number: 20

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19
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
Small forward and Forward from Red Hook, New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 35

Number: 7

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

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20
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
21
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
Center from Shanghai, China

Age: 39

Teams: Houston Rockets

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22
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
Power forward and Center from Barcelona, Spain

Age: 39

Number: 16

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

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23
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
Power forward from Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Age: 35

Number: 1

Teams: Toronto Raptors

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24
Chauncey Billups is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
Point guard from Denver, Colorado

Age: 43

Number: 1

Teams: Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons

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#79 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #21 of 160 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #50 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

25
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players Of The 2000s
Power forward and Center from Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Age: 46

Teams: Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons

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