The 75 greatest NBA players of the 2010s, ranked

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6) Dwyane Wade

Miami Heat icon Dwayne Wade was already a superstar at the start of the 2010s but spent the decade building up his legacy. In the summer of 2010, he lured friends and stars LeBron James and Chris Bosh to play with him in Miami and that resulted in the Heat dominating the first part of the decade. From 2010–11 to 2013–14, the Heat made four straight NBA Finals and won back-to-back championships, with Wade winning his third overall title. 

While Wade's numbers dipped as he took a backseat to LeBron, he was still a terrific player. He posted 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.7 assists, making him an all-star in all four of those years and making an all-NBA team the first three seasons playing in the Big 3. Once LeBron left, Wade saw his scoring increase in 2014–15. That resulted in him making yet another all-star team, but he began to steadily decline, and a contract dispute resulted in him leaving for the Chicago Bulls. 

He spent just one season there before joining LeBron in Cleveland but lasted only 46 games before he was released. That cleared the way for him to re-sign with the Heat. He played there for the final two years of his career, which coincided with the close of the decade. In 660 games during the 2010s, Wade put up 20.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists, while making eight all-star teams and winning two championships. That resume is hard to ignore, which is why he makes the top 10 on this list.