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Old 01-28-2013, 06:04 PM   #1
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Each NBA franchise has had several exceptionally talented basketball players pass through its locker room, though only one stands above the rest as the greatest player in the history of the franchise.




Atlanta Hawks Bob Pettit
Honorable mention: Cliff Hagan, Lou Hudson, Lenny Wilkens, Dominique Wilkins and Pete Maravich

Boston Celtics Bill Russell
Honorable mention: Larry Bird, Bob Cousy, John Havlicek, Paul Pierce and Dave Cowens

Brooklyn Nets Julius Erving
Honorable mention: Jason Kidd, Buck Williams, Vince Carter, Drazen Petrovic

Charlotte Bobcats Gerald Wallace
Honorable mention: Emeka Okafor and Raymond Felton

Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan
Honorable mention: Scottie Pippen, Jerry Sloan, Bob Love, Norm Van Lier, Artis Gilmore, Chet Walker and Derrick Rose

Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James
Honorable mention: Brad Daugherty, Mark Price, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Austin Carr

Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki
Honorable mention: Michael Finley, Steve Nash, Mark Aguirre, Rolando Blackman, Jason Kidd

Denver Nuggets Alex English
Honorable mention: Carmelo Anthony, David Thompson, Dan Issel and Dikembe Mutombo

Detroit Pistons Isiah Thomas
Honorable mention: Dave Bing, Bob Lanier, Joe Dumars, Chauncey Billups

Golden State Warriors Wilt Chamberlain
Honorable mention: Joe Fulks, Rick Barry, Nate Thurmond, Neil Johnston, Chris Mullin, Tim Hardaway, Paul Arizin

Houston Rockets Hakeem Olajuwon
Honorable mention: Moses Malone, Calvin Murphy, Elvin Hayes, Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, Rudy Tomjanovich

Indiana Pacers Reggie Miller
Honorable mention: Mel Daniels, George McGinnis, Roger Brown, Jermaine O'Neal

Los Angeles Clippers Bob McAdoo
Honorable mention: Chris Paul, Danny Manning, Elton Brand, Randy Smith

Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson
Honorable mention: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, Jerry West, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, George Mikan

Memphis Grizzlies Pau Gasol
Honorable mention: Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay

Miami Heat Dwyane Wade
Honorable mention: LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Shaquille O'Neal, Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway

Milwaukee Bucks Lew Alcindor/Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Honorable mention: Sidney Moncrief, Marques Johnson, Ray Allen, Oscar Robertson, Bob Dandridge

Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Garnett
Honorable mention: Kevin Love and Al Jefferson

New Orleans Hornets Chris Paul
Honorable mention: Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, Baron Davis, Glen Rice

New York Knicks Patrick Ewing
Honorable mention: Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Dave DeBusschere and Bernard King

Oklahoma City Thunder Gary Payton
Honorable mention: Kevin Durant, Shawn Kemp, Jack Sikma, Spencer Haywood, Dennis Johnson

Orlando Magic Dwight Howard
Honorable mention: Shaquille O'Neal, Anfernee Hardaway and Tracy McGrady

Philadelphia 76ers Julius Erving
Honorable mention: Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone, Dolph Schayes, Allen Iverson, Hal Greer, Charles Barkley

Phoenix Suns Steve Nash
Honorable mention: Charles Barkley, Kevin Johnson, Shawn Marion, Amar'e Stoudemire and Jason Kidd

Portland Trail Blazers Clyde Drexler
Honorable Mention: Bill Walton, Terry Porter, Maurice Lucas, Brandon Roy

Sacramento Kings Oscar Robertson
Honorable Mention: Nate Archibald, Mitch Richmond, Chris Webber, Jerry Lucas, Jack Twyman, Maurice Stokes and Sam Lacey

San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan
Honorable mention: David Robinson, George Gervin, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili

Toronto Raptors Vince Carter
Honorable mention: Chris Bosh and Damon Stoudamire

Utah Jazz Karl Malone
Honorable mention: John Stockton, Adrian Dantley, Pete Maravich and Deron Williams

Washington Wizards Wes Unseld
Honorable mention: Walt Bellamy, Earl Monroe, Gus Johnson and Elvin Hayes



Agree/disagree? Who would you rank higher/lower?
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:54 PM   #2
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I guess everyone agrees..
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:55 PM   #3
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Pretty much.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:57 PM   #4
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only 3 wrong....good job good effort doe
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:01 PM   #5
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only 3 wrong....good job good effort doe

Which 3?

I would personally rank Charles Barkley over Steve Nash as a Phoenix Sun, but I'm sure OP is more knowledgable than I am overall.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:03 PM   #6
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Come on...it's Kidd for the Nets. Also, Zack's gonna pose some serious competition to Pau if he stays on long enough and they continue to win playoff games with him.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:07 PM   #7
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Depends on what you mean. If you mean cumulatively the best basketball player for each Franchise I got some amendments. If you mean in terms of marketing and career legacy - then maybe you're about right.


Some notes-

-Ervings stint with the Nets was in the ABA.
-Walton over Drexler for prime play and legacy.
-Melo over English for Denver.
- Kobe over Magic if it's based on who is the better player and who has had the better cumulative career. Magic for legacy and impact on the Franchise.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:07 PM   #8
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only 3 wrong....good job good effort doe

Which 3 aren't in place ?
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:09 PM   #9
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Orlando Shaq is definitely better than Orlando Dwight...and if it's about success and years of production on that specific team then Shaq still wins.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:09 PM   #10
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Depends on what you mean. If you mean cumulatively the best basketball player for each Franchise I got some amendments. If you mean in terms of marketing and career legacy - then maybe you're about right.


Some notes-

-Ervings stint with the Nets was in the ABA.
-Walton over Drexler for prime play and legacy.
-Melo over English for Denver.
- Kobe over Magic if it's based on who is the better player and who has had the better cumulative career. Magic for legacy and impact on the Franchise.
Players' productivity based on the era they played in, as well as their longevity with the team. Also the players' contribution to the team's success, as well as their individual numbers and accolades.
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Shaq is definitely a better Laker than Kobe.

More rings as the alpha, more Finals MVP's, way better playoff stats, etc.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:12 PM   #12
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Shaq is definitely a better Laker than Kobe.

More rings as the alpha, more Finals MVP's, way better playoff stats, etc.
No one is arguing this. At least.. no one should.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:12 PM   #13
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Default Re: The Best Player in Each NBA Franchise's History

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Depends on what you mean. If you mean cumulatively the best basketball player for each Franchise I got some amendments. If you mean in terms of marketing and career legacy - then maybe you're about right.


Some notes-

-Ervings stint with the Nets was in the ABA.
-Walton over Drexler for prime play and legacy.
-Melo over English for Denver.
- Kobe over Magic if it's based on who is the better player and who has had the better cumulative career. Magic for legacy and impact on the Franchise.

WTF are you talking about? I am not sure if Erving is indeed the Nets best franchise player though, but back in the 70s ABA = NBA.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:12 PM   #14
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Shaq is definitely a better Laker than Kobe.

More rings as the alpha, more Finals MVP's, way better playoff stats, etc.

No. Shaq won a ring elsewhere and played the last 6 seasons or w/e elsewhere. Kobe is a career Laker and has broken all of the Lakers records pretty much. Was Shaq better than Kobe? Yes. Was he a greater Laker? No.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:13 PM   #15
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I love Nash, but Barkley's a better player. Now comparing their sun stints side to side is intresting
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