The 75 greatest NBA players of the 2010s, ranked

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68) Paul Millsap

The Utah Jazz have a long history of finding good NBA players in the draft and Paul Millsap is just one of their many success stories. Millsap was selected 38th in the 2009 NBA draft and made an immediate impact, averaging 11.6 points and 6.8 rebounds as a rookie.

In 2010-11, Millsap made a big leap, putting up 17.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in his sophomore season and establishing himself as one of the better power forwards in the league. After four seasons with the Jazz, he signed with the Atlanta Hawks.

Not only did he make the all-star team all four years he was with the Hawks but he helped them make the playoffs each year too. In 13–14, they nearly knocked off the top-seeded Indiana Pacers as the eighth seed after forcing a Game 7. In 14-15, Millsap was key to their impressive 60-22 season, where they finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference and made it to the East semi-finals but lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In 2015-16, Millsap and the Hawks again made it to the East semi-finals but again lost to the Cavaliers. In his final year with the Hawks, they again made the playoffs but came up short in the first round against the Washington Wizards. Millsap later signed with the Denver Nuggets to close out the decade. With 705 games played between 2009-10 and 2018-19, he posted 15.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, in addition to four all-star appearances, confirming that he had an outstanding 2010s.