The Greatest NBA Players Of The Decade

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Since the start of 2010, we have seen a lot of greatness in the NBA. While some of the all-time greats retired, including Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett, some fresh blood came in and took over the league. One player, specifically, has pretty much stayed on top.

Every decade in the NBA sported some amazing talent, and this one is no different. Even if old heads swear that their generation is better, the younger generation will claim otherwise. Still, the players that make this list will most likely end up in the Hall of Fame thanks to their production in the 2010s.

Without further ado, here are the greatest players in this decade ranked from 10-1.

Honorable Mention

Blake Griffin


Even though Blake Griffin has not made much of an impact in terms of team success in the playoffs, Griffin has been a dominant player. His numbers speak for themselves, as he has career averages of nearly 22 points per game along with 8.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.

Griffin has altered his game from high-flying dunker to all-around All-Star. He also played a role in putting the Clippers on the map as a box office destination.

2010-2019 Averages: 21.9 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 4.5 APG

All-Star Games: 6

All-NBA teams: 5

Awards: 2010-2011 Rookie of the Year

Championships: 0

10. Klay Thompson

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(via ABC News)

Klay Thompson is arguably the second greatest shooter of all time, and he did all of his damage inside this decade. Klay will always be remembered as a second option behind Stephen Curry, but what a second option he was.

Klay has already broken shooting records, including the most amount of threes made in a game and some insane scoring performances. His play on the defensive end was also impactful, and he has been one of the best two-way players in the NBA for a while now.

2010-2019 Averages: 19.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.3 APG

All-Star Games: 5

All-NBA Teams: 2

Awards: 0

Championships: 3

9. Anthony Davis

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AD will surely end up in the Hall of Fame, as one of the most unique and special talents we have ever seen in the NBA. He has all the tools to dominate the game on both ends of the floor, and he will need to capture an NBA title with the Lakers to cement his legacy as one of the greatest power forwards to ever do it. AD has been a force since his rookie season, averaging 24.0 PPG and 10.5 RPG.

AD carried the Pelicans for years, giving them hope when he managed to sneak in the playoffs. His talent alone puts him in the top ten.

2010-2019 Averages: 24.0 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 2.4 BPG

All-Star Games: 6

All-NBA Teams: 6 (3 All-NBA and 3 All-Defensive)

Awards: 0

Championships: 0

8. Chris Paul

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Credit: Getty Images

Chris Paul is a legendary point guard, and some of his greatest seasons came before the start of 2010. But Paul was a beast with the Clippers in this decade, essentially putting them on the map. He doesn't get enough credit for changing the Clippers franchise, along with making the Rockets instant title contenders.

In a way, Paul paved the way for the Clippers to get Kawhi Leonard and Paul George while the Rockets acquired Russell Westbrook.

His floor leadership and scoring is impressive with career averages of 18.5 PPG and 9.6 APG

2010-2019 Averages: 17.3 PPG, 9.2 APG, 4.4 RPG, 2.1 SPG

All-Star Games: 6

All-NBA Teams: 13 (6 All-NBA and 7 All-Defensive)

Awards: 0

Championships: 0

7. Giannis Antetokounmpo

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The Greek Freak almost cracked the top five, despite being only 24 years old and coming into the league not too long ago. Giannis is a beast, averaging 19.5 PPG and 8.5 RPG over his young career. Giannis has already managed an MVP Award and has led his team to the Eastern Conference Finals. It won't be long before Giannis returns to the ECF, as he will likely be competing for an NBA Finals berth this season as well.

Giannis has dominated the game and captured an MVP Award so far in this decade, and he might just be getting started.

2010-2019 Averages: 19.5 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.3 BPG

All-Star Games: 3

All-NBA Teams: 5 (3 All-NBA and 2 All-Defensive)

Awards: 2018-2019 MVP, 2016-17 Most Improved Player

Championships: 0

6. Russell Westbrook

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We knew Westbrook would be a very good player, but he has blossomed into an All-NBA talent. He even managed to grab an MVP Award thanks to his triple-double season, and he has since followed it up with another season averaging a triple-double. Russ does it all on the court, and he might have a chance to add an NBA title to his name with the Rockets.

Russ has put up big numbers, won an MVP, and made 8 All-NBA teams place him at sixth.

2010-2019 Averages: 24.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, 8.5 assists

All-Star Games: 8

All-NBA Teams: 8

Awards: 2016-2017 MVP

Championships: 0

5. James Harden

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Harden is widely regarded as one of the best offensive players of all time, and it really isn't much of a debate. Harden makes scoring 60 points look effortless since he plays the game at his own pace by drawing fouls and always getting to the bucket for easy layups.

He is one of the best players ever at driving to the basket and has managed an MVP Award as well. It's a shame OKC could not keep hold of any of these superstar players to bring a title to their now-rebuilding franchise.

2010-2019 Averages: 27.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 6.7 assists

All-Star Games: 7

All-NBA Teams: 6

Awards: 2017-2018 MVP, 2011-2012 Sixth Man of the Year

Championships: 0

4. Kawhi Leonard



Kawhi Leonard is one of the greatest SF to have ever lived, and he has had a fantastic decade so far. Leonard has captured two NBA titles and two Finals MVP Awards with the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors. His most recent title with the Raptors was a stuff of legends since he literally won a title for a team he was traded to.

Leonard's play on both ends of the floor has even drawn comparisons to Michael Jordan, and it will be interesting to see if he can get a third title to his name.

2010-2019 Averages: 18.1 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.8 SPG

All-Star Games: 3

All-NBA Teams: 8 (3 All-NBA and 5 All-Defensive)

Awards: 2 x Finals MVP, 2 x Defensive Player of the Year

Championships: 2 

3. Kevin Durant

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(via Yahoo! Sports)

Kevin Durant is an amazing talent and a top-two talent in the game. He can score whenever he wants and has improved his defensive game tremendously since the start of this decade. KD has essentially become a perfect player, and it is no wonder he made the Golden State Warriors unstoppable when he joined them.

KD captured two NBA titles with the Warriors and won both Finals MVP Awards. He also made 10 All-Star teams and 8 All-NBA teams as we.

2010-2019 Averages: 27.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists

All-Star Games: 10

All-NBA Teams: 8

Awards: 2x Finals MVP, 1 x NBA MVP

Championships: 2

2. Stephen Curry

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Stephen Curry has changed the league. Every NBA team now wants to shoot threes, and it is all because of Stephen Curry. Curry pretty much reminded everyone that three points count more than two points and he has made a living from the three-point line since the start of the decade.

Playing with his fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson and later Kevin Durant, Curry won three NBA titles and two MVP Awards during this decade. One of his MVP Awards was unanimously voted, making him the first in NBA history.

Curry was the main man for a legendary Warriors dynasty and is already regarded as one of the all-time greats.

2010-2019 Averages: 23.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists

All-Star Games: 6

All-NBA Teams: 6

Awards: 2 x NBA MVP

Championships: 3 

1. LeBron James


Without a doubt, LeBron James has been the best player this decade and it isn't even close. James captured three NBA titles, three Finals MVPs, and a whopping 15 All-Star appearances - the most among currently active players. James is recognized as one of the best ever, and his decade's worth of work is a testament to his talent and physical prowess.

LeBron has career averages of around 27-7-7, and he has been doing it every single year of his career. While we have seen many great players this decade, James remains the king of 2010 and beyond.

2010-2019 Averages: 26.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.7 assists

All-Star Games: 9

All-NBA Teams: 13 (9 All-NBA and 4 All-Defensive)

Awards: 3 x Finals MVP, 2 x NBA MVP

Championships: 3 


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