Saturday, June 4, 2016

Top NBA Playoff Performers of the 2000's


Shaq and the Lakers won 3 straight
NBA Finals to start the decade

After Michael Jordan retired in 1998 both the Spurs and the Lakers had great young talent to go along with legendary coaching.  Eastern Conference basketball was ugly and LeBron James was still too young to drive.  It appeared that the NBA champion would remain out West for a solid decade.

That prediction almost came true as San Antonio and L.A. did win five straight titles between them.  Finally in '04 the Lakers ran into a defensive powerhouse and lost to Detroit in a one of the most lopsided Finals in NBA history.

As it turned out, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant or Tim Duncan starred on eight of the ten title teams in the decade.  Not surprisingly all three are featured as top NBA Playoff Performers of the 2000's.


Top NBA Playoff Performers of the 2000's
ranked by NET Points 



Playoffs Team Games NET POINTS Points/Game
Reggie Miller 2000 IND 22 85 24
Shaquille O'Neal 2000 LAL 23 72 31
Steve Smith 2000 POR 16 59 17
Karl Malone 2000 UTA 10 39 27






Ray Allen 2001 MIL 18 83 25
Shaquille O'Neal 2001 LAL 16 55 30
Kobe Bryant 2001 LAL 16 47 29
Dikembe Mutombo 2001 PHI 23 46 14
Derek Fisher 2001 LAL 16 41 13






Shaquille O'Neal 2002 LAL 19 65 28
Dirk Nowitzki 2002 DAL 8 30 28
Mike Bibby 2002 SAC 16 29 20
Michael Finley 2002 DAL 8 27 25






Tim Duncan 2003 SAS 24 79 25
Dirk Nowitzki 2003 DAL 17 67 25
Peja Stojakovic 2003 SAC 12 49 23
Derek Fisher 2003 LAL 12 41 13
Shaquille O'Neal 2003 LAL 12 40 27



Playoffs Team Games NET POINTS Points/Game
Shaquille O'Neal 2004 LAL 22 54 22
Sam Cassell 2004 MIN 16 36 17
Chauncey Billups 2004 DET 23 32 16
Kenyon Martin 2004 NJN 11 30 19
Reggie Miller 2004 IND 16 27 10






Manu Ginobili 2005 SAS 23 112 21
Amar'e Stoudemire 2005 PHO 15 84 30
Chauncey Billups 2005 DET 25 62 19
Steve Nash 2005 PHO 15 62 24
Ray Allen 2005 SEA 11 48 26






Dwyane Wade 2006 MIA 23 103 28
Dirk Nowitzki 2006 DAL 23 100 27
Steve Nash 2006 PHO 20 76 20
Tim Duncan 2006 SAS 13 67 26
Tim Thomas 2006 PHO 20 60 15







Playoffs Team Games NET POINTS Points/Game
Baron Davis 2007 GSW 11 54 25
Chauncey Billups 2007 DET 16 54 19
Carlos Boozer 2007 UTA 17 53 24
Tim Duncan 2007 SAS 20 44 22
Richard Jefferson 2007 NJN 12 39 20
Amar'e Stoudemire 2007 PHO 10 39 25






Kobe Bryant 2008 LAL 21 85 30
Paul Pierce 2008 BOS 26 63 20
Ray Allen 2008 BOS 26 54 16
Deron Williams 2008 UTA 12 47 22
Pau Gasol 2008 LAL 21 42 17






Dwight Howard 2009 ORL 23 99 20
LeBron James 2009 CLE 14 94 35
Pau Gasol 2009 LAL 23 82 18
Chauncey Billups 2009 DEN 16 82 21
Kobe Bryant 2009 LAL 23 78 30







Italics indicates annual leader

Bold indicates decade record

*Thanks to the Basketball-Reference Play Index

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