As we near the end of 2009 and thus the end of the first decade of the 21st Century, Sports Then and Now is looking at some of the athletes and moments that shaped the decade.
When the decade started many were wondering how the NBA could overcome the retirement of Michael Jordan. Of course Jordan did come back for two seasons during the decade as a member of the Washington Wizards, but he really was more of a footnote in the decade rather than a main player.
The decade belonged to two powerhouse teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs. There were other teams with good runs, but those two squads were consistently contending for NBA titles.
Some are still looking for the next Michael Jordan, but while it is doubtful there will never be another MJ, as the NBA heads into the new decade it has a plethora of talented young stars poised to lead the league into the future.
Who is the Best NBA Player of the Decade?
- Kobe Bryant (46%, 32 Votes)
- Tim Duncan (20%, 14 Votes)
- LeBron James (11%, 8 Votes)
- Shaquille O'Neal (9%, 6 Votes)
- Dwyane Wade (4%, 3 Votes)
- Kevin Garnett (4%, 3 Votes)
- Steve Nash (3%, 2 Votes)
- Allen Iverson (1%, 1 Votes)
- Jason Kidd (1%, 1 Votes)
- Tony Parker (1%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 70
Below is a look at our picks for the top 10 NBA players over the past decade: