Who are the 25 best NBA players of 2001?

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New faces are inducted into the NBA draft every year, but only a few can leave their mark behind. They became famous for their athleticism, skills, and playing style. So, former NBA players have always been an inspiration for newcomers. A study showed that about 11% of Americans love watching basketball and are curious about their favorite NBA players. That’s why we have listed the top 25 basketball players from the 2001 NBA draft.

Top 25 NBA Players Drafted in 2001

NameAge1st TeamPickRoundPositionAchievement
Tyson ChandlerTyson Chandler39Los Angeles Clippers2nd1stCenter
  • NBA champion
  • NBA All-Star
  • All-NBA Third Team
Pau GasolPau Gasol42Atlanta Hawks3rd1stPower forward / Center
  • 2× NBA champion
  • 6× NBA All-Star
  • 2× All-NBA Second Team
Eddy CurryEddy Curry39Chicago Bulls4th1stCenter
  • NBA champion
  • Illinois Mr. Basketball
  • McDonald’s All-American MVP
Eddie GriffinEddie Griffin25(Dead)New Jersey Nets7th1stPower forward / Center
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team
  • First-team Parade All-American
  • McDonald’s All-American
Richard JeffersonRichard Jefferson42Houston Rockets13th1stSmall forward
  • NBA champion
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team
  • McDonald’s All-American
Zach RandolphZach Randolph41Portland Trail Blazers19th1stPower forward
  • 2× NBA All-Star
  • All-NBA Third Team
  • McDonald’s All-American MVP
Tony ParkerTony Parker40San Antonio Spurs28th1stPoint guard
  • 4× NBA champion
  • NBA Finals MVP
  • 6× NBA All-Star
Gilbert ArenasGilbert Arenas40Golden State Warriors31th2ndPoint guard
  • 3× NBA All-Star
  • All-NBA Second Team
  • 2× All-NBA Third Team
Jason RichardsonJason Richardson41Golden State Warriors5th1stShooting guard / Small forward
  • 2× NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team
  • McDonald’s All-American
Shane BattierShane Battier43Vancouver Grizzlies6th1stSmall forward
  • 2× NBA champion
  • 2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team
Rodney WhiteRodney White42Detroit Pistons9th1stSmall forward / Power forward
  • CBA scoring champion
  • First-team All-Conference USA
Troy MurphyTroy Murphy42Golden State Warriors14th1stPower forward / Center
  • 2× Consensus first-team All-American
  • 2× Big East Player of the Year
  • 2× First-team All-Big East
Michael BradleyMichael Bradley43Toronto Raptors7th1stPower forward / Center
  • NCAA champion
  • Consensus second-team All-American
  • First-team All-Big East
Jason CollinsJason Collins43Houston Rockets18th1stCenter
  • Third-team All-American – NABC
  • Pete Newell Big Man Award
  • First-team All-Pac-10
Brendan HaywoodBrendan Haywood42Cleveland Cavaliers20th1stCenter
  • NBA champion
  • Second-team All-American – SN
  • Third-team All-American
Joseph ForteJoseph Forte41Boston Celtics21th1stShooting guard
  • Second-team All-ACC
  • ACC Rookie of the Year
  • All-ACC Freshman Team
Brandon ArmstrongBrandon Armstrong42Houston Rockets23rd1stShooting guard
  • 2× First-team All-WCC
Gerald WallaceGerald Wallace40Sacramento Kings25th1stSmall forward
  • NBA All-Star
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team
  • NBA steals leader
Samuel DalembertSamuel Dalembert41Philadelphia 76ers26th1stCenter
  • J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award
  • Third-team Parade All-American
Jamaal TinsleyJamaal Tinsley44Vancouver Grizzlies27th1stPoint guard
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team
  • Consensus second-team All-American
  • Big 12 Player of the Year
Brian ScalabrineBrian Scalabrine44New Jersey Nets34th2ndPower forward
  • NBA champion
  • First-team All-Pac-10
Michael WrightMichael Wright35(Dead)New York Knicks39th2ndPower forward
  • French Cup winner
  • French League All-Star
  • Polish League champion
Earl WatsonEarl Watson43Seattle SuperSonics19th2ndPoint guard
  • First-team All-Pac-10
  • Pac-10 All-Freshman Team
Bobby SimmonsBobby Simmons42Seattle SuperSonics41th2ndSmall forward
  • NBA Most Improved Player
DeSagana DiopDeSagana Diop40Cleveland Cavaliers8th1stCenter
  • First-team Parade All-American

Over the past five years, Rick C. Nees has written hundreds of NBA players' biographies, some of which have already been published in famous newspapers. He previously worked as- Commentator, Basketball Analyst, Basketball Player, Newspaper Sports Editor, Radio sports presenter. Rick grew up watching basketball leagues. He was a state-level high school basketball player who followed all NBA events since he was a child.


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