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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64) Andre Iguodala

Former NBA player Andre Iguodala made just one all-star team throughout his 19-year career but was still a highly impactful player. Iguodala started his long career with the Philadelphia 76ers and was Allen Iverson's sidekick before becoming a terrific player in his own right.

After Iverson was traded to the Denver Nuggets early in the 2006–07 season, Iguodala took on a larger role. That resulted in him increasing his scoring by 5.9 points per game while seeing his playmaking and defensive numbers improve. Over the final three seasons of the decade, Iggy averaged 19 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.9 steals, all without missing a single regular-season game.

Better yet, his balanced play helped the Sixers make the playoffs the final two seasons of the 2000s after being aimless for a time post-Iverson. He didn't ultimately live up to the peak of Iverson but he was still quite good. This is despite him not making an all-star team until the 2010s, or even an all-defensive team. Nevertheless, his athleticism, defensive skill, and playmaking ability made him a standout and would foreshadow his play to come in the next decade.