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Paul Pierce: “If You Don’t Pick LeBron As Player Of The Decade, You Don’t Know Basketball”

(via SB Nation)

(via SB Nation)

On the cusp of a new decade, the NBA is in store for some serious changes.

A new generation of stars is on the rise, rule changes and re-seeding are on the horizon, and the game is being played faster than it ever has before.

With newness around the corner, it's nice to look back and remember what (and who) has defined this past decade for the NBA. Among other things, one cannot mention the 2010s without the name LeBron James. His track record these past 10 years have been near unprecedented, and we may never see it again.

According to ESPN's Paul Pierce (who has had his fair share of battles against the King) you'd be crazy to not crown him the player of the decade.

“If you don’t pick LeBron as player of the decade, you don’t know basketball.”

In the past 10 years alone, Bron has earned 3 Championships, made 10 All-Star teams, and won an NBA MVP. In that stretch, he has never averaged under 25 points per game, has never averaged less than 6 assists, and has been squarely near the top of the MVP discussion every single year.

Indeed, it's hard to build a case against all of that. And while his run atop the league will likely end after 2020, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who can replicate what he's accomplished over this 10-year run.