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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24) Tony Parker

Spurs legend and Hall of Famer Tony Parker started his career as a teenager, and it spanned two decades. Parker was drafted 29th by the Spurs in the 2001 NBA Draft and became a starter as a rookie on a championship-caliber team. By 2003, he had won his first championship, and once David Robinson retired, Parker became an integral part of the team.

With Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, the Big 3 won two championships and went to a third Western Conference Finals in 2009 during the decade. Parker won Finals MVP in 2007 and led the Spurs in scoring in 2008–09, but his career didn't really take off until the 2010–11 season.

That is not under this list's purview, so that won't be included but Parker still made three-all-star teams and averaged 16.7 points, 5.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 612 games. He also scored more than 10,000 points in eight seasons during the 2000s. Factor in that he won three championships and was a Finals MVP and Parker ranks among the most accomplished players on this list.

All of those accomplishments helped him recently make the Basketball Hall of Fame. Considering he won a total of four championships and made six all-star appearances, he was well deserving of the honor.