The 2010s era of NBA basketball officially came to a close back in June, ending a thrilling decade that featured the rise of generationally talented players like Anthony Davis and Giannis Antetokounmpo, the prime of league superstars such as LeBron James and Kevin Durant and the last ride for several future Hall of Famers, including Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.
To close this chapter in NBA history, we’ve selected our own All-Decade team. Fifteen players were chosen by a panel of NBA.com and NBA TV producers and analysts. The players were split into three teams consisting of two backcourt players and three frontcourt players
This team combined for 10 rings over the 10-year span.
Curry, who essentially changed the game this decade, broke out as the NBA’s most elite 3-point shooter. Harden elevated his play by going from Kia Sixth Man of the Year to Kia MVP, recording the most 50-point games this decade (18) in the process.
Leonard’s regular season numbers don’t match those of his peers — partly due to the San Antonio Spurs’ system he played in — but his playoff success (two Finals MVPs) and vaunted defense (two Kia Defensive Player of the Year awards) make his case for First Team. Durant, another two-time Finals MVP, asserted himself as one of the most prolific scorers in history, averaging a decade-best 28 points. James, who operated as the face of the league in the 2010s, won his three championships, a decade-best three MVPs and was the only player to earn an All-NBA nod and be voted an All-Star in each season.