The 75 greatest NBA players of the 2010s, ranked

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33) LaMarcus Aldridge

Former NBA big man LaMarcus Aldridge flew under the radar for the majority of his career but his resume during the 2010s was better than most. In 730 games, Aldridge averaged 20.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks for the Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs.

That resulted in him making six all-star teams in the decade, tied for sixth-most in that span. Aldridge accomplished that feat by being one of the best mid-range shooters in the NBA, in addition to being punishing in the post. He could bully virtually any opposing big man before using a devasting turnaround jumper in the post to shoot over his defender.

Defensively, his 7'5 armspan and mobility allowed him to both guard away from the rim and contest shots at the basket. That two-way play made him an underrated player, even into his thirties. Arguably, his best season came during the 2018-19 season, when he dragged an aging and injured Spurs team to a 47-35 record and the postseason while averaging 23.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks. He later developed into a terrific 3-point shooter, which allowed him to extend his career beyond 2010, though his play during the decade makes him one of the best players of the era.