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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32) Elton Brand

Former number one overall pick Elton Brand's playing career has become something of an afterthought, even though he was one of the best players of the 2000s. Brand started his career with the Chicago Bulls and was initially seen as a building block for their post-Michael Jordan era.

However, he was traded after just two seasons to the Los Angeles Clippers. There, he became a star, averaging 20.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1 steal per game during his first six seasons in LA. He made the all-star team twice during that stretch in a stacked Western Conference, while the Clippers were even respectable at times

During the 2005–06 season, they won 46 games within a game of the Western Conference Finals. Brand would have one more strong season before injuries began to take their toll. He played 37 games over the final two years of the decade and in 643 games, he averaged 20 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks.

Few players can say that they averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks over a decade, but Brand can, and as a result, he comes in as the 32nd-best player in these rankings.