The 75 greatest NBA players of the 2010s, ranked

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42) Joe Johnson

The beginning of the 2010s came at the perfect time for former NBA star Joe Johnson. Johnson was in the midst of the best stretch of his career after having made three straight all-star teams to close out the 2000s as a member of the Atlanta Hawks. Once the new decade started, he continued his strong play, making four all-star teams in the first five years as a member of the Hawks and Brooklyn Nets.

Johnson was often discounted due to his ugly 7-year, $122 million contract, though he was a productive player who helped the Hawks make the playoffs multiple times. Nevertheless, after two and a half seasons with the Nets, he was bought out and signed with the Miami Heat in 2016.

From there, he bounced around, playing in Utah, Houston, and Boston after a three-year absence to close out his career back where it began. With more than 20,000 points and a total of seven all-star appearances, Johnson has a strong case to make the basketball Hall of Fame. His play during the 2010s, in which he made four-time all-star teams and averaged 14.9 points in 653 games, solidified his case.