NBA: 2000s All-Decade third team

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May 3, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) and New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd (5) fight for the loose ball in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The 2000s were a new era for the NBA, as the association moved on from the glory days of Michael Jordan and the 90s superstars into a new chapter of professional basketball. With new faces and tons of stars on the rise coming straight out of high school, the 2000s featured the dying off of one group of NBA legends and the birth of another.

But who were the brightest stars of the decade? Who will be remembered from the 2000s among the all-time greats 100 years from now? To help put an entire decade filled with magnificent players into perspective, we’ll be creating another All-Decade team for the 2000s. We’ve already done Third Team, Second Team and First Team honors for the 1990s, so now it’s time to move on to the next millennium.

Today, we’ll start with the honorable mentions and Third Team honors for the 2000s before working our way up to the Second Team and eventually, the cream-of-the-crop First Team.

In case you’re unfamiliar with how All-NBA teams work, there are two spots for guards, two spots for forwards and one spot for a center. The First Team is the highest honor, Second Team is second highest and Third Team is third highest. Without further ado, here’s a look at the 2000s All-Decade Third Team and honorable mentions.

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