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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33) David Robinson

Although Hall of Famer David Robinson is more known as a star player from the 1990s, he has enough of a resume to make the cut here. Robinson played 302 games and averaged a solid 13.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per contest while averaging fewer than 30 minutes a night.

Not bad for a player who started the 2000s at the age of 34 and played until he was 37 years old. By then, Robinson wasn't nearly the same elite two-way superstar, but he didn't need to be with a young Tim Duncan there to carry the load. Nevertheless, Robinson made two straight all-star appearances to start the 2000s while making third-team All-NBA in both of those seasons.

Four major honors definitely help Robinson make the cut, as does team success. With Robinson anchoring their defense and him paired with another all-time great defender in Duncan, the Spurs put together an incredible defense.

They finished second in defensive rating twice, first once, and third during their championship in 2003, with an aging Robinson swatting more than 600 shots and forcing 300 steals during that four-year stretch. Ultimately, two all-star teams, two all-NBA teams, and a championship in four seasons make him one of the players of the 2000s.