The 75 greatest NBA players of the 2010s, ranked

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23) Klay Thompson

Five-time all-star Klay Thompson rose to prominence during the 2010s after being selected 11th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. His sharpshooting and perimeter defense helped make him a formidable pairing with Steph Curry and the duo helped turn the Golden State Warriors into a dynasty.

Over eight seasons and 615 games, Thompson averaged 19.5 points while shooting 41.9% from three on seven 3-point attempts per game. That elite shooting came in handy during the Warriors many playoff runs. In 2012–13, they nearly knocked off the San Antonio Spurs, with Thompson giving the eventual Western Conference champions all they could handle before they made adjustments that changed the course of the series. Two seasons later, they won their first championship in the first of five straight NBA Finals appearances, and Thompson would win three titles during that run.

That included a monster Game 6 performance in the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, in which he dropped 41 points and drilled 11 threes to force Game 7 in 2016. They would go on to win that series and go up against the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second straight time in the NBA Finals, though they were upset after going 73-9 during the regular season. Still, Thompson's resume is hard to argue against, with five all-star appearances and three championships to show for it.