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?
Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal
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66) Mike Bibby

Former NBA point guard Mike Bibby's career can easily fly under the radar despite playing on one of the best teams of the 2000s. Bibby started his career during the 1998–99 season with the Vancouver Grizzlies and spent the first three years of his career there, averaging 14.7 points and 7.4 assists, proving himself to be an above-average starter.

Bibby was traded to the Sacramento Kings after his third season, and he became an integral part of the team for the final seven seasons of the decade as their starting point guard. With Bibby, the Kings made five straight playoff appearances, including a trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2002 and consecutive West semi-final appearances.

Had it not been for Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Robert Horry, and some questionable refereeing, Bibby and the Kings likely would have won a championship, which would have solidified his career. Even without a championship or even an all-star appearance to show for it, he was one of the better point guards of his era, averaging 17.6 points and 5.4 assists as a member of the Kings and 17 points and 5.4 assists in 588 games during the 2000s.