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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41) Jerry Stackhouse

Former number 3 overall pick Jerry Stackhouse had a long and interesting career, though he didn't quite live up to expectations. Even still, he managed to put together a strong decade in the 2000s. Stackhouse started off the 2000s with the Detroit Pistons, putting up big numbers.

In 1999–00, he averaged a terrific 23.6 points per game and made his first all-star team. He would be even better the following season, averaging nearly 30 points and 5.1 rebounds per game and making another all-star team. He would follow up those years with back-to-back 21-point-per-game seasons with the Pistons and later the Washington Wizards.

However, he began to suffer from injuries, causing him to miss 220 games over the final five seasons of the decade, including the last four as a member of the Dallas Mavericks. Stackhouse's career didn't last long into the 2010s, with him playing just 116 out of 304 games over the final four seasons of his career.

Those injuries prevented him from having a Hall of Fame career. Though his play—primarily over the first half of the decade—was elite, he posted 24.2 points per game over the first four years of the 2000s in 308 games and an average of 18.7 points in 580 games over the full decade.