The 75 greatest NBA players of the 2000s, ranked

The 2000s were an important decade for the NBA, with new stars emerging to carry the league into a new era. But which players were the best of the decade?
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68) Jason Richardson

In the years before Steph Curry's arrival in Golden State, the Warriors featured another exciting player, Jason Richardson. Richardson was known for his explosive athleticism and shooting ability and he spent the first seven seasons of his career with the team. His best season came during the 2005–06 season, when he posted 23.2 points while shooting 38.4% from three, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.1 assists.

Despite that, the Warriors weren't particularly good during most of his run with the team. That was at least until the 2006–07 season, when the Warriors made a surprising run with Richardson, Baron Davis, and Stephen Jackson, upsetting the 67-win Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs.

However, Richardson was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats the following season, where he played just 14 games before being moved again in the summer of 2008 to the Phoenix Suns to close out the decade. During the 2000s, Richardson was an above-average offensive player, though he didn't win any major awards or make an all-NBA team or an all-star team. Still, in 592 games during the decade, Richardson averaged 18.6 points and 5.3 rebounds, an impressive run to say the least.