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VOTE 13 - PLAYER OF THE DECADE

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All-Decade Right

Kobe Bryant

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A four-time NBA champion, Kobe Bryant elevated the Lakers to the top of the NBA.

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Tim Duncan

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Tim Duncan lifted the Spurs to three titles this decade and was named MVP twice.

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Kevin Garnett

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The decade's leading rebounder, KG helped the Celtics raise another banner.

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LeBron James

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Just entering the prime of his career, The King rejuvenated the Cavaliers.

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Steve Nash

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Nash brought up-tempo basketball to the desert and won two MVP awards.

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Shaquille O'Neal

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Four titles and three Finals MVP awards, Shaq was a dominant force in the '00s.

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Player of the Decade: Kobe Bryant

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The votes are in and the Player of the Decade as voted on by NBA fans: Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant

Player of the Decade

COMPLETE RESULTS

Kobe Bryant

54% 

Tim Duncan

8% 

Kevin Garnett

3% 

LeBron James

17% 

Steve Nash

5% 

Shaquille O'Neal

13% 

All-Decade: By the Numbers

It was a decade that started with the Lakers winning a title and ended the same way. In between, the NBA served up 10 years worth of highlights, spectacular plays and individual drama. Player of the Decade nominees were voted on by 13 TNT announcers on a 12 player ballot. The cumulative vote totals created the six nominees.

Player of the Decade Nominees

Kobe Bryant

NBA Titles: 4 | Playoff Appearances: 9 | 28.4 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 5.2 APG

Bryant won titles with two different versions of the Lakers, and while there may have been a power struggle at the end of the title run early in the decade, there was no doubt about who the alpha male was for the '09 champs. Winner of the 2007-08 MVP award, Bryant was the decade's leader in minutes and points.

Tim Duncan

NBA Titles: 3 | Playoff Appearances: 10 | 21.3 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 3.3 APG

Duncan is considered by many as the ultimate "winner" of his generation, a true star on both ends of the floor, and the best power forward in NBA history. He won three of his four titles this decade, as well as a pair of MVP awards. For the decade, he ranked seventh in points, second in rebounds and second in blocks.

Kevin Garnett

NBA Titles: 1 | Playoff Appearances: 7 | 21.4 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 4.6 APG

Garnett was the 2003-04 MVP, the decade's leading rebounder and, arguably, its best defender. He carried the Timberwolves to the playoffs five times and then joined forces with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen to bring Boston banner No. 17, proof that even the fiercest and most talent competitors can't win a title by themselves in this league.

LeBron James

NBA Titles: 0 | Playoff Appearances: 4 | 27.6 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 6.8 APG

He arrived late on the scene, but James has made quite an impact in just six-plus seasons with the Cavs. His numbers across the board are unmatched, he carried his team to the Finals in 2007, and he's on his way to his second straight MVP award. A unique physical specimen, James has elevated his game every year he's been in the league.

Steve Nash

NBA Titles: 0 | Playoff Appearances: 8 | 16.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 9.3 APG

Nash began the decade backing up Erick Strickland on a lottery team in Dallas, but it wasn't long before he was guiding them to four straight playoff berths. Then he nabbed a pair of MVP trophies in Phoenix. The decade's leader in assists was the quarterback of one of the best offenses in the league no matter what city he was in.

Shaquille O'Neal

NBA Titles: 4 | Playoff Appearances: 9 | 22.3 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 2.6 APG

In the last 10 years, Shaq has played for four different teams. These days, we think of him as a complementary piece. But he began the decade with a regular season MVP award, three titles and three Finals MVP trophies. He finished second in MVP voting in 2004-05 and picked up another ring a year later with Dwyane Wade.

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