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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37) Michael Jordan

NBA legend Michael Jordan is widely considered to be the greatest player in league history and his career spans three decades, including the 2000s. After coming out of retirement for the second time, he joined the Washington Wizards for two seasons in 2001–02 and 2002–03 at the age of 38.

While many were skeptical that Jordan could play at a high level, he managed to average a more than respectable 21.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in 142 games as a Wizard. He made the all-star team both year's, becoming one of the oldest players to ever do so.

Unfortunately, the Wizards weren't very good and he failed to get them to the playoffs both seasons. Even still, averaging at least 21 points per game while playing against far younger players is impressive, to say the least. Of course, people often compare his Wizards tenure to his days with the Chicago Bulls, which isn't exactly fair considering he was far younger and much more explosive.

All in all, despite playing just two seasons in the 2000s, his two all-star appearances ensure that he makes the cut. While there were a number of players better than him this decade, just the fact that he was in his late 30s and playing at an all-star level proves that he is the goat.