Short and snappy is how we now like to digest our information and the action on the hardwood translates perfectly into 10-second highlights, gifs and memes. You don’t have to watch any of the action on Sky Sports or streamed to get a regular feed of memorable moments from LeBron James, Steph Curry and James Harden.
Even with that in mind, here’s a list of the 10 best NBA players of the decade, with apologies to Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitski, three legends who were omitted as they were all more dominant in the noughties.
4. Kawhi Leonard: A silent assassin and the best two-way player in the NBA, as his smooth scoring is matched by his merciless defending (earning him the moniker The Klaw). Ultra-consistent with the San Antonio Spurs, Leonard led the underdog Toronto Raptors to glory last season and could now do the same with the LA Clippers.
9. Dwayne Wade: At his peak in the early half of the decade, when he formed a dynamic duo with LeBron at the Heat, backed up by Chris Bosh, he maintained high standards and bowed out with his head held high in 2019.