The 75 greatest NBA players of the 2010s, ranked

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1) LeBron James

Try as one might, there simply isn't another player who has the case to be the top player of the 2010s. Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James started the decade with the Cleveland Cavaliers, averaging a stellar 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 8.6 assists and winning his second straight MVP. 

However, he infamously joined the Miami Heat in the summer of 2010, turning him from being the most popular player in the league to being one of the most hated. Many saw him joining up with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh as cheating, though LeBron was arguably at his best during his four seasons there, posting 26.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 6.7 assists. 

He also won back-to-back league MVPs during the 11-12 and 12-13 seasons, making consecutive All-NBA First Teams and consecutive All-Defensive First Teams. Not only that but he led the Heat to back-to-back championships and repeated as Finals MVP. LeBron later returned to the Cavaliers and led them to four straight NBA Finals from 2014–15 to 2017–18, with Cleveland winning it all in 2016. 

However, he left again in 2018 to join the Los Angeles Lakers to close out the 2010s with decade averages of 26.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 7.6 assists in 726 games. He also made 10 all-star teams, 10 All-NBA teams, and 5 All-Defensive teams, as well as winning three league MVPs, two championships, and two Finals MVPs, making LeBron the most decorated and best player of the 2010s.