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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65) Jason Terry

Former long-time Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry ranks as arguably the greatest player to never make an All-Star Game, as evident by his being one of the best players of the 2000s. Terry split the decade between the Atlanta Hawks and Mavericks, playing five seasons with each team and proving to be both consistent and remarkably durable. Over a 10-year span, he missed just 20 games. Between 1999-00 and 2008-09, he averaged 16.2 points, 4.9 assists, and 2.9 rebounds in 800 games.

Terry also sank 38.3 percent of his 4.5 3-point attempts per game and drained a staggering 1,387 threes in the 2000s. Nevertheless, he failed to make a single All-Star team or a single All-NBA team during the decade, making him severely underrated. Fortunately for Terry and the Mavericks, he would be key to their 2006 NBA Finals run, in which he averaged 18.9 points per game.

Better still, he was their second-leading scorer behind Dirk Nowitzki, averaging 17.5 points per game while shooting a blistering 44.2% from three during their 2011 championship run. Unfortunately for Terry, that doesn't count here, though his winning sixth Man of the Year in 2009 does. As a result of his winning a major award and being a consistent offensive weapon for an entire decade, he comes in at 65th on this list.