The 20 Best NBA Players of the 2000s

1. Kobe Bryant

Accomplishments (1999-2000 - 2008-2009): 10x All-Star, 1x MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 4x Champion, 10x All-NBA, 10x All-Defense, 2x Scoring Champion
Team(s):
Lakers
Stats during the 2000s
28.2 PPG 5.9 RPG 5.2 APG 1.7 SPG
Kobe Bean Bryant is the closest thing to Jordan. So much so, that people hate on him because his game reminds them of Mike. Without a question he patterned his game after "His Airness." There's the fade away, the tongue (at times), the defense and most importantly, the competitiveness. No one in this era wanted to win more than Kobe—they don't call him the "Black Mamba" for nothing. Throughout his career, Kobe has been a cold-blooded assassin, killing hopes of fans in every NBA arena. After a three-peat, Bryant went toe-to-toe with a Hall of Fame center and won; chasing Shaq out of town and winning two titles of his own. This is the guy that once scored 81 points in a game that we'll tell our grandkids about.

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