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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26) Chris Bosh

Prior to being the third option for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on the Miami Heat, Chris Bosh was the best player on the Toronto Raptors. Bosh was selected fifth overall in the absolutely stacked 2003 NBA Draft and spent the first six seasons of his career in Toronto, going relatively unnoticed but putting up big numbers. In 439 games, Bosh averaged an outstanding 19.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists while also making three all-star teams during that span.

Averaging nearly 20 points and 10 rebounds per game over a 6-year stretch is certainly enough to qualify for this list. While he arguably had a better 2010's from an accolade's perspective, Bosh probably would not have been a Hall of Fame player without him putting up big numbers at the start of his playing career.

Of course, he played one more season with the Raptors before joining the Heat in the summer of 2010. That sealed his legacy, or lack thereof, with Toronto. Be that as it may, it resulted in his playing in four consecutive NBA Finals and winning back-to-back championships in 2011–12 and 2012–13.

That won't count here, but it is important to note. Overall, Bosh put up big numbers as a member of the Raptors and made multiple all-star teams, resulting in him coming in at 26th on this list.