Sporting News’ NBA All-Decade team for the 2010s

first_imgBy the numbers: Two-time NBA champion, three-time All-Star, three-time All-NBA, 17.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.4 assistsF: Kevin Durant​Why he’s here: Durant was the most unguardable offensive force of the decade, and he certainly has a case as the most versatile scorer the league has ever seen. In nearly 700 games, Durant finished with 50.1/38.4/88.5 shooting splits (field goal/3-point/free throws), and, oh yeah, he was a pretty good defender, too. By the numbers: Two-time NBA champion, 2013-14 NBA MVP, 10-time All-Star, nine-time All-NBA, 28.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists The past decade of NBA action was defined by superstars — not only superstar performances, but also superstar movement.Sporting News’ starting five for the 2010s features four players who switched teams, and those relocations led to incredible success. This group collected a combined 10 NBA championships and seven MVP awards, and one player went a perfect 10-for-10 in All-Star and All-NBA selections. In the spirit of the pace-and-space era, we’ve shifted away from the frontcourt setup with a traditional center in favor of two guards and three forwards. This lineup brings plenty of size, speed, shooting and flexibility, an ideal blend for the modern game.(Note: Statistics from 2019-20 NBA season not included. All numbers via Basketball Reference.)G: Stephen CurryWhy he’s here: The greatest shooter of all time, full stop. Curry thrived at the center of Golden State’s offense, finishing with the best 3-point percentage (43.6) among the decade’s top 100 scorers, not to mention the best free throw percentage (90.5). His 2015-16 run will go down as one of the best offensive seasons in NBA history.By the numbers: Three-time NBA champion, two-time NBA MVP, six-time All-Star, six-time All-NBA, 23.5 points, 6.6 assists, 4.5 reboundsG: James HardenWhy he’s here: Buckets only for “The Beard.” Harden transformed from Sixth Man extraordinaire with the Thunder to annual MVP candidate with the Rockets. Despite not becoming a consistent starter until the 2012-13 season, Harden scored 18,267 points in the decade, third to only LeBron James (19,550) and Kevin Durant (19,445).By the numbers: 2017-18 NBA MVP, seven-time All-Star, six-time All-NBA, 24.3 points, 6.2 assists, 5.2 reboundsF: LeBron JamesWhy he’s here: That perfect All-Star and All-NBA guy? Shocker, it’s LeBron. He checked every box for the 2010s, landing on the top-10 lists for total points, rebounds, assists, steals and field goal percentage. He also blew away the rest of the field with more than 27,000 minutes played. He’s a no-brainer for Player of the Decade.By the numbers: Three-time NBA champion, three-time NBA MVP, 10-time All-Star, 10-time All-NBA, 26.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 7.6 assistsF: Kawhi Leonard​Why he’s here: He may not boast the raw numbers of his rivals, but Leonard absolutely left his imprint on the 2010s. Originally known for his defensive prowess with the Spurs, Leonard grew into a complete player and led the Raptors to their first championship in franchise history last season. The most bonkers number from Leonard’s decade: He had more total steals (829) than fouls (793).last_img

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