The 2010s have come to an end and with that, we start a new decade. The 2010s was a decade to remember with the numerous memories, records, and moves that we will forever remember.
The 10s saw superstars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant win championships and saw us lose historic players to retirement in Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.
In this article, we look back at the 2010s and reminisce on the dominant performances and amazing memories. Here are All-Decade Awards for the 2010s.
Best Player – LeBron James
This pick is unanimous. LeBron’s dominance this decade is one that may never happen again. During the 2010s, he went to the NBA Finals in all but one season, won 3 championships, 2 MVPs, and a bunch of other accomplishments.
The combination of size, athleticism, playmaking, and scoring made LeBron an unstoppable player and we will never see someone like him again.
Best Team – Golden State Warriors
The Warriors’ rise to the top is a great one and shows how you do not need the top picks in the draft to form a competitive team. With a core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant, the Warriors dominated the league for 5 seasons, going to 5 consecutive NBA finals and winning 3 of them.
Defensive Player of the Decade – Kawhi Leonard
Leonard’s rise to stardom has been an amazing one and he has been able to silence the critics along the way. Many see Kawhi as an elite player with his great scoring abilities but on the Spurs, his defense is what made his game.
During his time in San Antonio, he was a 2x DPOY and made an All-Defensive team 5 times this decade. It is safe to say that Kawhi has solidified himself as one of the best perimeter defenders in NBA history.
Most Improved Player of the Decade – Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis was the 15th pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and it is safe to say that no one expected him to make the jump he has made. His stats have increased every single year and he won the Most Improved Player Award in the 2016-17 season.
After starting as a raw 19-year-old, Giannis had molded himself into one of the best players in the league and is on his way to his 2nd MVP in as many years.
Rooke of the Decade – Blake Griffin
Griffin’s rookie season was a historic one and one that doesn’t get talked about as much. After being drafted 1st overall by the Los Angeles Clippers, Griffin sat out his first season due to a broken kneecap. The following season, he had an extraordinary season averaging 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds on 50.6% shooting from the field. He was the first rookie since Yao Ming in 2003 to make the All-Star game and was unanimously named Rookie of the Year at the end of the season and was 10th in MVP voting as a rookie.
Now, many may say that Luka Doncic should win this award but, comparing Blake’s rookie year to Luka’s, Blake averaged more points, rebounds, had a higher Off Rtg in wins and shot a higher percentage from the field. Griffin made the All-Star team unlike Luka and Blake’s play was steady for the entire year while Luka’s fell off towards the end of the season.
Sixth Man of the Decade – Lou Williams
Williams is considered a late bloomer by many and has found immense success after accepting a bench role on multiple teams. After a rough start to his career, Lou Will was able to find his footing on the Raptors after finding his role.
Since his time with the Raptors, he has won the Sixth Man of the Year a record-tying three times and looks to be on his way to a 4th one this year.
Coach of the Decade – Steve Kerr
The Warriors were a team that was always close but could never get off the hump with Mark Jackson. When he was fired, a lot of people were surprised but, Steve Kerr has taken that same team and turned them into a dynasty.
Since Kerr has taken over, the Warriors have an insane 331-118 record. He led them to the greatest record in NBA History at 73-9 in 2016 and won 3 championships in 5 years.
Best Playoff Series – 2016 NBA Finals
The 2016 Finals were a memorable one that saw LeBron James deliver his promise and give Cleveland their first championship in franchise history. We saw the 73-9 Golden State Warriors blow a 3-1 Lead and had many memorable moments with “the Shot” and “the Block”.
Best Playoff Game – Game 7, 2016 NBA Finals
This game was close and had people hanging off the edge of their seats for the entire game. After being tied at 89 apiece for 3 minutes, LeBron had one of the greatest blocks in NBA history and then led to one of the greatest shots in NBA history by LeBron James.
At the end of this game, we saw LeBron capture his 3rd championship and take out the greatest regular-season team in NBA history.
Best Shot – Ray Allen, Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals
In Game 6, Ray hit what is known by many to be the biggest shot in NBA history. The 3-point shot sent the game to overtime where the Miami Heat would ultimately prevail. In Game 7, the Heat would be victorious once again and captured their 3rd championship in franchise history.
If Allen would’ve missed this shot, it would have changed the entire landscape of the NBA.
Teammate of the Decade – Dwyane Wade
In the Summer of 2010, LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined the Miami Heat and created a formidable big-three alongside Dwyane Wade. The three won 2 championships in 4 years but, this wouldn’t have happened if D-Wade didn’t put his ego to the side.
D-Wade sacrificed stats and accolades to let LeBron shine and let him take over a team that was Wade’s for a long time. Over this time, Wade and Bron improved their friendship and if Wade never puts his ego to the side, who knows what would have happened.
The Trade of the Decade – James Harden to the Houston Rockets
The OKC Thunder decided to move Harden to the Rockets because of salary cap issues. This move proved to be devastating as Harden has turned into an MVP with the Rockets and this has left many people wondering whether or not the Thunder would have been champions if they would have kept Harden. Harden has completely turned the Rockets’ organization around and made them into contenders.
Without this trade, the Rockets may still be stuck in mediocrity and Harden would not be looked at as one of the best shooting guards and scorers of all-time.
The Signing of the Decade – LeBron James signing with the Miami Heat
The Miami Heat were able to sign LeBron in the summer of 2010 and this signing completely changed the landscape of the NBA. LeBron broke the stigma of being known as a loser as he led the Heat to 2 championships in 4 seasons.
He also posted on the greatest seasons of all-time in 2013 with the Heat and his time there will forever be remembered by fans.