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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75) Mike Miller

Former NBA player Mike Miller holds the distinction of arguably being the best player from the 2000 NBA Draft, and while that doesn't reflect well on that awful draft, he was still a good player. He won Rookie of the Year as a member of the Orlando Magic but was later traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, where he helped a young Pau Gasol led them to their first taste of playoff success.

He would spend the final seven seasons of the decade in Memphis, averaging 13.2 points while shooting a blistering 42% from three, as well as 4.5 rebounds and 3 assists. He also won Sixth Man of the Year in 2005–06 and established himself as a versatile offensive weapon, given his size, shooting ability, and playmaking.

Those skills would later make him a useful rotation player on the Miami Heat, where he won two championships but those won't count here since they happened in the 2010s. Still, while he never made an all-star team or an all-NBA team, Miller won two major awards in a 10-year span. That isn't nothing, and it makes him the most accomplished player in his draft class, which is still impressive even though that class wasn't.