The page has obviously turned on who is a superstar in today’s NBA. With the likes of Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett now retired, clearly the league is now owned by LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook, to name a few. With the new age of superstars now running the league, it is time to give credit to the players who gave us some amazing basketball over the past decade. Here are a few of the best superstars from the last decade.
Where do I start? Kobe will go down as the second best shooting guard behind the one-and-only Michael Jordan. The Black Mamba has five championship rings, one MVP trophy, an eighteen-time All-Star, and finished 3rd all-time in career points, just behind Kareem-Abdul Jabbar and Karl Malone. Kobe is undoubtedly the king of the past decade.
Never one to create controversy and headlines, Duncan finished his career widely considered the best power forward of all-time. Duncan’s list of accomplishments is amazing, from his five NBA championships, three Final MVP awards, to his eight NBA All-Defense First Team and retiring as the Spurs’ all-time leading scorer. The Big Fundamental is truly one of a kind, as is one of the most humble and quiet superstars from any sports.
Garnett will forever be known for the extreme intensity he brought on the court, his passion for the game off it, and his legendary work ethic. The Big Ticket was one of the first high school players to successfully become an instant NBA star, as he was named to his first of 15 All-Star games in his second season at the age of 20 years old. Garnett was the first athlete to receive a ridiculous large contract, signing a six-year, $126 million contract in the middle of only his third NBA season. Garnett was the heart and soul of the 2008 Boston Celtics championship team and finished his career as the highest-paid player in NBA history, netting in around $327 million in his career in NBA salary alone.
Vinsanity is the only player on this list who is still playing, making him and Paul Pierce the last of their generation. Carter will go down as one of the best dunkers of all-time, as he made Nets tickets a must-buy during his reign in New Jersey. The eight-time All-Star may not have the rings as his contemporaries, but he was just as popular as they were in his prime. Carter is currently 24th on the all-time scoring list, and is a few hundred away from passing Allen Iverson, Ray Allen, and Patrick Ewing.