The NBA in the decade of the 2000s was dominated for the majority by three Western Conference teams (Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks). In the 2000s there was not a team in the NBA Finals representing the Western Conference who wasn't the Lakers, Spurs, or the Mavericks. The Eastern Conference on the other hand had seven different teams represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. The Western Conference won seven out of the ten NBA Finals matchups, and showed their pure dominance over the Eastern Conference.
The Lakers won four titles, (2000-2002, 2009), the Spurs won three times in five seasons (2003,2005,2007), the Pistons won one (2004), the Heat won one (2006), and the Celtics won one (2008). With all the teams that won the titles, you as a fan for the most part remember the players on the championship team. For example the Lakers had Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, the Spurs had their big three of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker, the Celtics had their big three of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen, the Heat had Dwayne Wade and Shaquille O'Neal, and the Pistons had Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, and Rasheed Wallace. Now with that being said can you remember the star players that did not play in the NBA Finals.
Do you remember the players who were outstanding in the 2000s ? For the most part people can remember certain players who strived in the 2000s, but there are stars that you can sit there and say to yourself man I can't believe that I forgot about him. With that being said here are the forgotten NBA stars of the 2000's.
15 Wally Szczerbiak
Wally Szczerbiak was the sixth overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft and was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Szcerbiak played for the Timberwolves, Celtics, Supersonics, and the Cavaliers in his career. His career started in the 1999-2000 season and it ended after the 2008-09 season. Wally in his ten year career averaged 14.1 PPG, to go along with 4.0 RPG, and 2.4 APG.
He is a one-time all star (2002) and was a first-team all-rookie selection in the 1999-00 season. Another thing about Wally Szczerbiak that people tend to forget is on the night of the 2007 NBA Draft he was traded from Boston to Seattle as part of the deal that sent Ray Allen to the Celtics. Szczerbiak was a huge factor when he played in Minnesota, and in Boston, but once he went to Seattle and Cleveland his role diminished and he is now one forgotten star of the 2000s.
14 Eddie Jones
Eddie Jones was the tenth overall selection in the 1995 NBA Draft and was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers. Jones played his 2000s career for the majority with the Miami Heat, but had stints with the Charlotte Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies, and the Dallas Mavericks. He played up until 2008 and was a very good all-around player throughout his career. Eddie Jones in the 2000's averaged 14.1 PPG, to go along with 4.1 RPG, and 2.8 APG.
In the 2000's he was an all-star one time (2000), lead the league in steals in 2000, an All-NBA third team selection in 2000, and an all NBA-Defensive second team selection as well. Eddie Jones played with the Heat, unfortunately he was not apart of his hometown team winning the title in 2006. Jones is a very forgettable player because of the fact that he was not apart of any championship teams in the 2000s.
13 Mehmet Okur
Mehmet Okur was a second round pick in the 2001 NBA Draft and was selected by the Detroit Pistons. Okur was a member of the 2003-04 Detroit Pistons championship team, and after that he signed with the Utah Jazz and saw a huge increase in playing time. In the 2000s Okur averaged 13.8 PPG, to go along with 7.1 RPG. He was one of the better players for Utah in the 2000's and has an allstar game appearance under his belt as well.
The 6-foot-11 center helped lead the Jazz to three straight appearances to end the 2000s and they made the Western Conference Finals in 2007 when they went on to lose to the eventual NBA Champions San Antonio Spurs in five games. Okur is very forgettable because yes he has an NBA Finals ring, but he was not a big time player on that team. When he was a star player he was playing on the Utah Jazz which were not on the level as the three dominant teams in the Western Conference.
12 Michael Finley
Michael Finley was the 21st overall selection in the 1995 NBA Draft and was selected by the Phoenix Suns. His career did not really take off until he became a member of the Dallas Mavericks, but he also played with the San Antonio Spurs in the 2000s as well. The beginning of the 2000s Finley was a two-time all-star and was a huge part of the reason why the Mavericks were a threat in the Western Conference every year in the 2000s. Once he was starting to get up in age Finley was waived by the Mavericks and then proceeded to sign with the San Antonio Spurs where he won his only NBA Championship ring in 2007.
In the 2000s Michael Finley averaged 15.7 PPG, to go along with 4.3 RPG and 2.7 APG. Finley was a huge part of the Dallas Mavericks success in the 2000's, and was a very great role player during his time with the Spurs.
11 Mike Bibby
Mike Bibby was the second overall selection in the 1998 NBA Draft and was selected by the then known as Vancouver Grizzlies. Bibby was a very solid all-around point guard in the 2000s as he played for the Vancouver Grizzlies, the Sacramento Kings, and the Atlanta Hawks. Bibby really broke out as a player during his time in Sacramento as he helped the Kings in his first season go to the Western Conference Finals and they took the eventual champions Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.
Bibby in the 2000s averaged 16.5 PPG, to go along with 3.3 RPG and 6.0 APG. Mike Bibby did not appear in any all-star games or play in any NBA Finals games, but he was one of the top point guards in the 2000s and is forgettable due to the fact that he never got to play in any big games besides the one Game 7 in the 2002 Western Conference Finals.
10 Al Harrington
Al Harrington was the 25th overall selection in the 1998 NBA Draft and was selected by the Indiana Pacers. In the 2000s Harrington played for the Pacers, the Hawks, the Warriors, and the Knicks. He did not really breakout until he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks during the 2004 off-season. Harrington was better towards the end of the 2000s rather than the beginning of the 2000s.
In the 2000s Harrington averaged 13.9 PPG, while adding 5.9 RPG to his resume. Harrington was definitely a star, but unfortunately for him he never really and truly had a place to establish himself since he was traded not once, not twice, but three times in the 2000's. He was a big time player for the teams he played for in the 2000s and is forgettable to the lack of having a team that he consistently played for during his 2000s career.
9 Peja Stojakovic
Peja Stojakovic was drafted 14th overall in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. He really broke out during the 2000-01 season as he changed from a bench role to a starting role and really strived. Stojakovic made three consecutive all-star appearances (2002-2004) and was a All-NBA second team selection in 2004. In his 2000's career he played for the Sacramento Kings, the Indiana Pacers, and the New Orleans Hornets.
In the 2000s Stojakovic averaged 18.2 PPG, while adding 4.9 RPG to go along with it. He helped the Sacramento Kings franchise become relevant during his tenure there, and Peja was also a part of the core that the Hornets had put together in the late 2000s. Stojakovic is a forgettable player because besides the all-star selections he was not really a household name that teams around the league knew about, they just knew he was a lights out shooter.
8 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
Shareef Abdur-Rahim was selected third overall in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies. He played for the Grizzlies, the Hawks, the Trail Blazers, and the Kings throughout his career. Abdur-Rahim was traded on the night of the 2001 NBA Draft, for the third overall pick basically which ended up being Pau Gasol. Shareef became an all-star in his first year in Atlanta and it was the only time that he made the all-star game.
In the 2000s Abdur-Rahim averaged 15.4 PPG, to go along with 7.0 RPG. He was a force to be reckoned with when he was in Vancouver, Atlanta, and Portland, but once he went to Sacramento it went downhill. Another not big household name is holding him back, and the fact that after the 2005-06 season he did not contribute what he did for other teams before.
7 Jerry Stackhouse
Jerry Stackhouse was the third overall selection in the 1995 NBA Draft and was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers. Stackhouse had a very long career in the NBA, and in the 2000's alone he played for the Pistons, Wizards, and Mavericks. He brokeout in 1999-2000, and put up a career high 29.8 PPG in the 2000-2001 season. Stackhouse played with the Pistons from (1999-2002), the Wizards from (2002-2004), the Mavericks from (2004-2009). The 2-time allstar during his time in Detroit had his elite years, and then towards the end of the 2000's he was not having a big enough role on a team.
In the 2000's Stackhouse was averaging 16.5 PPG, to go along with 2.7 RPG, and 3.5 APG. He was a great scorer in the prime of his career which was the beginning of the 2000's, but towards the end of the 2000's he was struggling due to him getting older. Stackhouse is not a rememberable player because besides his two allstar appearances he did not really do anything.
6 Steve Francis
Steve Francis was the second overall selection in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies. He did not want to play in Vancouver due to being far away from his home, and got traded to the Houston Rockets. Steve played for the Rockets, Magic, and the Knicks. Francis is a co-rookie of the year from the 1999-00 season as he shared honors with Elton Brand, and he also made three straight allstar appearances (2002-2004).
In his career Francis averaged 18.1 PPG, to go along with 5.6 RPG and 6.0 APG. He was traded three times in his short career, as he was traded from Vancouver to Houston, then from Houston to Orlando, then Orlando to the Knicks all in his nine year career. Francis is very forgettable because even though he did play nine seasons in the NBA he did not last long considerably and is forgotten by most fans around the league.
5 Antawn Jamison
Antawn Jamison was selected fourth overall in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors, and was dealt that same night to the Golden State Warriors for Vince Carter. In his third season in the league he had his breakout season where he averaged 24.9 PPG, to go along with 8.7 RPG. In the 2000's Jamison played for the Warriors, the Mavericks, and the Wizards. He is most known for his stint with the Wizards, and was a force in the eastern conference as he made two allstar games in the 2000s (2005, 2008).
In the 2000s Jamison averaged 20.6 PPG, to go along with 8.1 RPG which are very good numbers for a big man. He was a big time player, but is not remembered due to lack of playoff experience that he had in the 2000s. Jamison only got out of the first round only once in his 2000s career, and his team didn't even win a game. Antawn was a great player in the 2000s, but most people forget him due to having good stats on mediocre teams.
4 Cuttino Mobley
Cuttino Mobley was a second round pick in the 1998 NBA Draft and was selected by the Houston Rockets. Mobley played for the Rockets, Magic, Kings, and Clippers in his eleven year career. He was an all-around scorer during his time in the NBA, and is a very forgettable name. Mobley never made an allstar appearance even though he put up some very good numbers year in and year out.
In the 2000s Mobley averaged 16.4 PPG, to go along with 4.0 RPG and 2.7 APG. In Houston he was big time from 2000-2004, and then he was traded to the Orlando Magic in the off-season. Then during the 2004-05 season he was traded to the Kings, and then in the off-season signed with the Clippers and finished his career in Los Angeles. Mobley is forgettable because besides being a good scorer, he only made the playoffs three times and only got out of the first round once.
3 Stephon Marbury
Stephon Marbury was selected 4th overall in the 1996 NBA Draft and was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks. Then was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Ray Allen who was picked right after Marbury. Marbury in the 2000s played for the Nets, the Suns, the Knicks and the Celtics. He is a two-time allstar (2001, 2003) and a two-time All-NBA third team selection.
In the 2000's Marbury averaged 19.7 PPG, to go along with 3.0 RPG and 7.4 APG. Marbury really became a star when he played for the Nets, and only got better and better in the 2000's. He is very forgettable because, he never had a huge impact on a team and did not help lead any team to an NBA Finals appearance. Marbury was a top tier player in the 2000's and unfortunately he struggled to be able to help lead a team and therefore is forgettable.
2 Rashard Lewis
Rashard Lewis was a second round pick in the 1998 NBA Draft and was selected by the Seattle Supersonics. In the 2000s he played for the SuperSonics and the Magic, and was part of the big duo that Seattle had in the early 2000s. Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen helped make Seattle into a contender in the early 2000s and he is the forgotten one out of the two.
In the 2000s Rashard Lewis averaged 17.3 PPG, to go along with 5.9 RPG. He was a two-time all-star (2005, 2009) and was a top player in the league during the early part of the 2000s. Lewis had a three year span (2004-2007) where he played in Seattle and averaged over 20 points per game. He played very well in both Seattle and Orlando, but is forgettable due to the fact that he did not have any luck outside of the regular season.
1 Michael Redd
Michael Redd was a second round pick in the 2000 NBA Draft and was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks. Redd was a one-time all-star (2004), and was the face of the Milwaukee Bucks franchise for the majority of the 2000s. Even though right away he was not able to make an impact for the Bucks due to veteran Ray Allen still being on the team, but once Ray Allen left he performed at a high level year after year. Redd was a big time player and definitely should have made more than one all-star appearance in his career.
In the 2000s Redd averaged 20.5 PPG, to go along with 4.1 RPG and 2.3 APG. Redd was a dominant lefty shooting guard that shot close to forty percent every year and helped Milwaukee become a playoff team. They never made it out of the first round, but he at least helped them make the playoffs. He is very forgettable because he played in a small market, and was not a household name. Michael Redd is the most forgettable player of the 2000s because he only made one all-star team and struggled to be recognized in a small market.