NBA: 2000s All-Decade first team

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Nov 21, 2012; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward/center Kevin Garnett (5) and San Antonio Spurs forward/center Tim Duncan (21) push against one another during the fourth quarter at TD Banknorth Garden. The San Antonio Spurs won 112-100. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-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 TeamSecond Team and First Team honors for the 1990s, so now it’s time to move on to the next millennium.

We’ve also already covered the honorable mentions, Third Team honors and the Second Team for the 2000s, so today we’ll look at 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 First Team.

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