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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43) Peja Stojakovic

Multi-time All-Star Peja Stojakovic was one of the best high-volume 3-point shooters of his era, which set him apart from the players that relied on contested mid-range jumpers to get buckets. He spent the majority of the decade in Sacramento, playing with the likes of Mike Bibby and Chris Webber and helping them reach the Conference Finals in 2002.

He was later traded to the New Orleans Hornets, where he played with a young Chris Paul. His presence was key to them winning 56 games during the 2008–09 season and making it to the Western Conference semi-finals, where they ran into the Spurs. They came up just short, losing in Game 7 at home, marking a second disappointing postseason finish, though he would later win a championship in 2011 as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.

Stojakovic ultimately finished the decade averaging 18.4 points—more than 12,000 points overall—while shooting a terrific 40.6% on 5.6 3-point attempts per game. That makes him the most efficient high-volume shooter of the 2000s. He also made three all-star teams and an all-NBA second team, confirming his ranking in the top 45 players of the 2000s.