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NBA / Feb 23, 2010 / 12:19 pm

Top 5 Franchise Players to Build Your NBA Team

After we dropped our Top 5 Players in the NBA List last week, one of my boys hit me with an email that said, “Was just thinking, if you were going to start an NBA franchise today, who is the one player you would start with to build around?” It’s a good question. I think Kobe is the best talent in basketball, but if I’m starting a team from scratch? Age, miles and injuries all come into play in the decision, which means Kobe probably isn’t the best guy to start building around right now. So here are the Top 5 guys I would want to build my team around as the cornerstone of my franchise:

1. LeBron James: No surprise here. Detractors knock parts of his game, but there is no denying that he is the most physically dominating athlete in the game today, and he is still probably 2-3 years away from hitting his true basketball prime. It’s tough to put anyone else in this spot.

2. Kevin Durant: 6-9, clearly gets better every season, and is more than three full years younger than LeBron. It’s been said before, but it’s 100 percent true: Kevin Durant has been put on this planet get buckets. He’s averaging a career-best 29.8 ppg this season – is it out of the question that a few years down the road that he’s scoring 35, 36, 40 points a game? I don’t think so. Throw in his increasing rebounding totals (almost eight boards per game this season) and you have a guy who is clearly moving beyond one-dimensional-scorer territory. When it’s all said and done, he could make the Blazers’ selection of THIS GUY one of the greatest blunders in NBA history.

3. Chris Paul: My boy listed Carmelo Anthony in this spot on his list, but I have to go with CP3. The hardest positions to fill with elite players are point guard and center, and Chris Paul is the best point guard in all of basketball. Unfortunately he has been an afterthought this season as the Hornets go about selling off every piece of their franchise, but the fact remains that there is no one in basketball who can lead, score, pass, defend, dictate tempo, and elevate those around him like Chris Paul can. The only other guy is Steve Nash.

4. Carmelo Anthony: When Melo arrived in the NBA, he and LeBron were inextricably linked. No story could mention one without the other. But then Carmelo kind of dropped off a bit as James took off … but now Melo’s back, having made himself into a dominant player, as opposed to being just a scorer. If you watched Melo single-handedly beat the Cavs on national TV last week, you know how far he has come.

5. Dwyane Wade: I can’t list Wade higher than Melo for two reasons: he’s older than Carmelo and Wade’s longevity is a serious issue. Dwyane is an all-around better basketball player than Carmelo, but there’s just no way that he can sustain his style of play for any great length of time. He crashes headfirst into defenses dozens of times every single game in much the same way A.I. used to for an entire decade. Commentators would always talk about how that style would eventually catch up with Iverson and they were right. I can’t see Dwyane’s future being much different, unless he adds MJ pieces to his arsenal (fadeaways, post-up moves, etc.) ASAP. Wade is so good though, there is no else who can bump him out of the top five.

Who did I miss? How would rank your Top 5? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • Gilbert

    1. Lebron
    2. D12
    3. Durant aka 50-40-90 (someday)
    4. Melo
    5. Bosh

    No Wade or Paul in my list.

  • http://heckler@aol.com Heckler

    no argument with the actual list.
    just that you didn’t include any bigs?

    its sooooo much easier to build a team around a talented big man.

  • Amsterdam

    Man, how the hell is Superman (Dwight!) not on that list. I’d pick him any day over CP3, Durant or even Melo…

  • Rocco

    1.) Lebron
    2.) KD
    3.) Melo
    4.) CP3
    5.) D. Rose

    Honorable Mention:

    C. Bosh, D. Williams

    I left out D-wade because I am concerned about his body breaking down. D Howard was left out because he is a beast physically, but his offensive game hasn’t improved over the past 1-2 years.

  • me

    bcuz Dwight is crazy overrated.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Patrick Cassidy

    I think the only guy Dwight could possibly bump on my list is Melo. In theory, yes, you pick the super-athletic 7-footer to build around, but I’m just not feeling it with Dwight. Not a single post move until this past week and you have to avoid him in crunch time because of foul shooting situation.

    – PC

  • http://www.WhyCandaceWhySheldon.thatbastard.com Chicagorilla

    Maybe I put in Dwight Howard in there because he’s a center. Not because he’s better or more talented. 7ft is 7ft. CP3 is an elite PG, but I can use a mediocre PG and still win a chip as long as Dwight is getting the ROC. I would bump up Melo and put D12 ahead of Wade(injury prone and I hate to say it). I agree with the rest of your list.

    As much as I like CP3, Rose, Deron, it’s just to hard to put them ahead of guys 6-7 inches taller. You can’t teach height. And those bigs can also change the game on defense where guards can’t. Only problem is, Dwight is the only elite one. Kaman, Bogut, Lopez, they aren’t top level like Duncan and KG were or D12 is.

  • Kermit The Washington

    I love CP3, and if I needed a PG I obviously would take him first above all others. That being said, I wouldn’t necessarily “build a team around him”…I think at best, he’s the perfect compliment to any superstar you already have. So I would most definitely build around Melo before CP3, and then CP3 would be one of the pieces I put around Melo. Switch the rankings of those two, and I got no issues after that.

  • Ian

    me hes overrated if we compare him to the 90s centers but today he should be the number 2 pick.

    bron
    howard
    wade

    gap

    and fuck it give me parker and williams over cp3

    patrick you also had to avoid shaq in crunch time wasnt he a franchise player?

  • http://www.dimemag.com Patrick Cassidy

    You guys are crazy if you think CP is just a complimentary player, or worse yet would take Deron or Tony Parker over him!

    He’s one of the only guys in all of basketball who can completely dominate a game without scoring a ton of points.

  • http://heckler@aol.com Heckler

    one of the major problems with building your team around a wing player is, you struggle to find an identity as a team.

    are you going to be a half court team?
    are you going to be an uptempo run-n-gun style team?

    ten years ago, you would have had Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter in your list. and because they are wings (like melo, Durant and LeBron) their teams struggled in putting the accurate peices together—and that is part of building the team.

    if not, then all you really have are the best 5 offensive players. and we all know that aint gonna get you much. just like Indy now with Danny Granger.

    when you decide to build around a big, you get him a point guard who can get him the ball. a long range shooter for double teams, and a rugged side man to do the dirty work down low. and the final piece can be just a complimentary piece.

    Dwight may not be top 5, but he’s already gotten to the finals. show it shows that building a team around a big works.

    Melo aint going to the finals this year nor next. durant will is still some years away and chris paul is even furthest away.

    again PC—
    you still gotta have a big somewhere on the list. just as long as it aint Amar’e Stoudamire!
    he sucks!

  • Ian

    btw
    roy and durant round out my top 5

  • Amsterdam

    C’mon, Dwight has unstoppable post moves by now. He’s no Ewing or Olajuwon, but I feel sorry for anyone guarding him. To me he proved it when it counted the most (this weekend indeed).

    And a good comparison would be this: Dwight and Jameer (Super big and okay point) are way better in my opinion than CP and Emeka (super point and average big).

  • Ian

    patrick
    no he isnt complementary but let tell me when was the last time a team with a pg like that won anything?? only a fool would build with cp3 over howard but then again you said amare was a top ten player so this really isnt a stretch for you. paul puts up the best numbers but he is not the best pick as your pg if you want to win.
    wait a mn are you talking fantasy basketball??

    again for my team give me parker and deron and if age doesnt count give me billups also do combo guards count give me roy all over cp3.

  • shiptar

    i agree with this list. Dwight isn’t top 5, until he develops his offense.

  • dagwaller

    @ Pat – I’d pick Dwight ahead of Wade. Like you said, “he’s one of the only guys that can affect the entire game without scoring a ton of points”. His team is far and away better than the Hornets because people key in on Howard, allowing everyone else to shoot. Think about it: JAMEER NELSON was an All-Star. Seriously.

    On defense, it’s the same thing. Whoever you put around Dwight – as in, starting a franchise – doesn’t matter when you have someone as dominant inside as D Ho. Rashard Lewis as a PF?! THAT’s the frontline? Really?

    CP3 makes people look good, you’re right. But if that’s what you’re going with, you can’t just say, “Dwight Howard doesn’t score a lot or as efficiently” as the reason he’s not on this list.

    Speaking of efficiency, Wade? 9th in the league in Assists…48th in the league in A/TO. Hahaha you can’t exactly say that he’s the model of efficiency, either.

    Give me Howard over CP3 AND Wade.

  • Kermit The Washington

    @ Patrick:

    I didn’t exactly mean he’s a “complimentary player” as in a “role player”, but he’s better suited complimenting a stronger superstar like a Dwight or a Melo or a Durant. He basically makes the superstar that much better and is mad dangerous on his own. But him being the centerpiece of an entire franchise? I can’t see that going…well I can’t see that going any farther than New Orleans has gone in that same exact situation to be honest with you. Do you??

  • Mike Honcho

    I agree with Heckler on this one…everything except the Amare statement, lol…..I like this list, but I’m taking out Paul and subbing D12….Dwight may not have the best post moves, but teams are still gonna double down on him leaving his average PG, slumping SG, whoever plays SF and absentee PF to get theirs….a team doubles CP3 and you just have a guy open

  • Tbest

    1) Lebron
    1A) Kevin Durant (i think he will be an all time great)
    3) Kobe (I’ll still take his next 5 years over anyone else for the next ten. He can win more titles in 5 years than most can in 10)
    4) Howard
    5) Melo

    Honorable mention: wade, cp3, rose, bosh, bynum (yea i’m opening up that can)

  • http://heckler@aol.com Heckler

    any of yall not picking Dwyane Wade are just STUPID.
    dude is still like one of the most talented players ever. remember last year at this time, a HEALTHY Wade destroyed the NBA in the 2nd half of the season.

    Carmelo has averaged less than 70 games played the last 3 seasons. and that doesn’t even include the 13 games he missed this year.

    last year Dwyane Wade played 79 of the Heats 82 games. and this year Dwyane has played in 55 of their 57 games.

    so…
    enough of this “can’t stay healthy” bullshit

  • Chaos

    I agree with the list but there is an argument to put D12 ahead of D-Wade. D12 makes coaches completely change their game plan offensively and defensively like they once did with shaq, and with dwights developing offensive game (he is doing better with his hook shots and facing up), he will eventually become more dangerous. what other big in the league can you build around(not bogut, kaman, aldridge, west, oden and lopez isnt ready just yet. We dont know yet that stoudemire can function in a different system). D-Wade is too wreckless to really build around and unless he changes his game, he like you said wont last long

  • Ian

    kermit
    i think cp is better (on his own) than the players u mentioned but the others can get a team further imo. if you paired any of them with cp3 dont you think most people would say paul is the best player on the team??

  • Mike Honcho

    Wade isn’t reckless and apart from LBJ, he has the most complete game in the league….He gets you assists, he scores, he grabs boards, he blocks shots, he plays defense…what else does he have to do???? Wade is someone you can safely build your team around, plus add that to the fact that he IS developing a shot and that just makes him better

  • Marcos Jorge

    No Derek Rose?!
    No Tyreke Evans?!
    you are just picking up the big names… there a whole new class coming ready to built a franchise on their own

  • catdog656

    I am not convinced that cp3 can win you a ring. Great player and he sells tickets, but he would need some pretty special players around him to win. But in his fairness, there is only one player on that list that showed he has the ability to take his team to that level.

  • Shady

    Dwight needs to be on this list for a few reasons:

    1. He is the only guy in the league who regularly has a 20/20 game and no one thinks twice about how difficult that is. If Amare had a 20/20 game everyone would be talking about it. People expect 20/20 from Dwight.

    2. He is younger than Lebron and isn’t as hard on his body. Since he isn’t constantly thrashing to the basket, I would say his chance of injury is lower.

    3. Even if his post game only gets marginally better, he is still the best rebounder, best defensive big man, and a very solid scoring threat.

    4. His position is more rare. Dwight’s skill set doesn’t come around very often. I’m not saying that Carmello, CP3, and Wade are not special, but there are 3 or 4 other guards/forwards in the L who could fill their same roles without dramatically changing the team. There is not another center in the league that can do what Dwight does.

  • Jayo

    1. Bron
    2. Dwight
    3. Wade
    4. Durant
    5. Bogut

    Dwight has to be on the list. He’s the most dominant big man out there & its easier to build from the inside – out than from the outside – in. Dwight dominated Cleveland in the playoffs last year. Especially in 4th quarter crunch-time.

  • Mike Honcho

    Jayo……Bogut????

  • catdog656

    haha…i like that Jayo, if that team revolved around him instead of a 5’10” 38%, 16ppg scoring guard, they might have a chance

  • JAY

    @ Amsterdam

    I can’t believe the statements in here like…
    “C’mon, Dwight has unstoppable post moves by now… To me he proved it when it counted the most (this weekend indeed).”

    When did it count the most? Regular season?? You’re kidding, right? PLAYOFFS count the most and in a 7 game series, when opposing teams adjust, we’ll see how unstoppable his post offence is then. If he’s truly unstoppable in the post he’ll average 35 and 15 like Shaq did in the Finals. In the meantime, stop this crazy talk about Dwight and his “unstoppable post moves”.

  • Brown

    1) LeBron
    2) Durant
    3) Wade
    4) Howard
    5) Melo

    6) Roy – my favorite player so I gotta give him props.
    7) Paul – I’m still not sold on Paul because he’s never played with much talent around him. I honestly doubt he’ll stay in NO much longer and would love to see him on a more talented team.

  • K C

    The whole thing about building around a big man is becoming not overrated. If you have a player(s) that can dominate and change the outcome of a game, then you build around that player – giving him whatever complimentary pieces needed.

    Take a look at the Bulls championship teams… the Pistons teams.

  • K Dizzle

    @ PC

    After the domination of Shaq and Tim Duncan, who won rings with ever changin casts, it’s insane that you wouldn’t build around a legit 5 man who’s years away from his prime.
    Every other position has competition. Dwight is basically unmatched unless Bynum or Oden can put something together:
    PG: CP3, DWill, Westbrook, Rose, Rondo
    SG: Wade, Roy, JJ
    SF: Lebron, Melo, Durant
    PF: Bosh, Amare, JSmoove
    Everybody else can be matched except Dwight. In a quest for a chip most times, the 2 most important positions are usually your center and your point guard…unless u’re Kobe or Mike

  • Ehis Murphy

    1’Durant
    2’Wade
    3’chris paul
    4’Allen Iverson
    5’Bosh

  • http://dimemag.com Austin Burton

    @Pat — I can’t believe you left Greg Monroe off this list…

  • Patrick Cassidy

    @ K Dizzle –

    I hear what you’re saying, but at the same time Dwight is no (young) Shaq or Duncan. Not even close.

    @ Austin –

    Monroe is right after Evan Turner and Robbie Hummel.

  • Leroy Shonuff

    1. Dwight Howard…It has been proved you can build a team around him. You can always find 6’3-6’10 scorers in the nba, but not 7ft defensive monsters.
    2. Brook Lopez…7ft, can score better than any 7ft in the nba. Good passer and rebounder and is improving defensively. Also you can always find 6’3-6’10 guys to surround around him.
    3. Lebron James…The way the cavs is using him is dumb. Put him in the old suns system with like minded scorers(they can be found,cavs are dumb) and he would have a title by now. That’s truth.
    4. Kevin Durant…okc is doing it right.
    5. The old detroit pistons when they won a title. Unless you have Howard or lopez(only the bulls and the 04 pistons ever won a title without an potential hall of fame pf or center)…you need a great team. The pistons had that for one season. Everybody knows their starting line up but their bench was the real killer: Mehmet, Mike James, Lindsey Hunter, Elden Campbell, Corliss Williamson…good team…

    Lebron could win but not in that system. They are killing his greatest talent:Passing. Until that is fixed, Bron will struggle against howard

  • LakeShow84

    I aint going to read the posts..

    @ PC

    Your mad crazy if you think Howard is not a cornerstone.. i mean seriously who is Jameer Nelson?? NOBODY without Howard.. The only real talent Howard has on his team is Shard and VC and yet they still contending..

    You dont want a man who DOMINATES the paint?? Im so tired of hearing this post game shit too.. Bottom line is dude still AVERAGES OVER 20+ a night.. BOTTOM LINE.. and i guess you could say he AVERAGES OVER 20+ without hitting FT’s cuz he clanks them all the time right??

    And i think Dwight is lightweight better in the 4th at shooting FT’s.. that FT bullshit always makes me scratch my head because he was CLUTCH throughout all of last years playoffs with his freebies..

    This is the problem with the NBA.. everyone being so perimeter oriented.. Dwight Howard might CONTINUOUSLY see the Finals because he is the only block monster around nowadays..

    Craziness..

  • dvs

    @ 34
    AI??? Are you serious??? That bum isn’t even close to this conversation..

  • LakeShow84

    @ JAY

    Lol i doubt Howard will get matched up against Aaron Grey in the Finals lol..

    You cant ask anyone human to go out and avg Shaqs Finals #’s.. that shit was absurd.. But he is Superman lol.. going up against Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum is way different than going up against Aaron Grey and one of the Collins lol..

  • Kermit The Washington

    @ Ian (late response):

    “if you paired any of them with cp3 dont you think most people would say paul is the best player on the team??”

    Not if we’re talking about a dude like Melo. He might SAY it, but we’d know the truth. I just think you COULD build a team around him, but I think he’d be best suited for that #2 spot.

  • rick773

    Bron
    Melo
    Durant
    Howard
    Rose

    I think the first 4 are self explanatory.I picked rose because he’s from Chitown…no but seriously he’s the most athletic point guard in the L, he’s still learning the nuances of the game(the room for growth is exponential), this may tie into my second point but the man is only 21 and doesn’t turn 22 til the begining of next year,and he’s a gym rat look how much his mid range J has improved from his rookie season until now Dude want’s to be great.

  • LakeShow84

    This reminds me of when Phil or somebody HUGE said they would rather have Howard over Lebron and everyone acted like they were nuts..

    So caught up in the #’s..

  • http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/ProphetGK ProphetGK

    No love for Bosh?

  • karizmatic

    Lebron James
    Dwight Howard
    Melo
    Wade
    Kobe

  • ctkennedy

    why do people keep sayin point guard is so important when a point guard has never been the best player on any championship team but isiah thomas but with that said every position on team was top ten in the league at that time there was no glarin weak spot on them squads

  • brado

    1. LBJ
    2. KD
    3. D-WILL
    4. MELO
    5. D-WADE

  • ctkennedy

    dwight howard
    chris bosh
    lebron james
    dwayne wade
    josh smith

  • rell

    1. Lebron
    2. Dwight
    3. Kobe
    4. Wade
    5. Melo

    I can’t believe you left Dwight off the list. He did go to the finals last season.

    Even though he is getting up there in age, I would take the risk and still build my franchise around Kobe (this coming from a Celtics fan). My team would still be competitive for the next 3-5 year. If the supporting players are good I could atleast get 1 championship out of it. Even if I build around the other players on my list it still is not a guarantee that they will not bolt once their contract is up in 3-5 year. Just ask Cleveland fans.

  • Mr. Wiggles.

    Whoever compiled this list is one of the most inept pieces of garbage I have ever had the unfortunate luck to stumble upon.

    DWIGHT HOWARD HAS WON FINALS GAMES THAN 4/5 ON YOUR LIST.

    HOW OUT OF TOUCH ARE YOU?

    DO YOU WATCH THE NBA OR PUKE UP WHAT JON BERRY AND TIME LEGLER TELL YOU.

    YOU ARE A HACK. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED

  • Sacto_J

    1. Lebron James
    2. Tyreke Evans
    3. Kevin Durant
    4. Dwight Howard
    5. Tyreke Evans

    Did I mention Tyreke Evans?

  • Mr. Wiggles.

    Dime mag.

    What a waste of Cyber space.

    Whats with the obsession with Players who don’t play defense and haven’t sniffed the Finals in the last 3 years IF EVER?

    Since The Bulls 1st title in 91, Its been Jordan, Olajuwon, Shaq Duncan and Garnett, and last years lakers had PAU.

    You need a big man to win.

    Dime Mag.

    It should be the price not the Name

  • max

    For building the FUTURE around:

    LeBron James – 1 Finals Appearance
    Dwight Howard- 1 Finals Appearance
    Chris Paul – 1 WCF Appearance
    Dwyane Wade – 1 Ring
    Kevin Durant – Nothing to date

    Carmelo Anthony- 1 WCF Appearance
    Brook Lopez – Nothing to date

  • max

    I would also consider Kobe anyways. A great chance for a title in the next 3-5 years in a theoretical team built around him.

  • max

    D’oh! I missed Bosh too. He should be somewhere in/around Top 5 for the future.

  • http://dimemag.com Austin Burton

    @Wiggles — Simmer down. Take into consideration that nobody said their ideal team wouldn’t have an All-Star big man, they just said they’d want The Guy to be Durant, LeBron, CP, etc. And sorry, you have to pay attention and realize the game is changing. Yes, title teams have good big men, but more and more lately they are led by perimeter guys (Chauncey, Wade, Pierce, Kobe).

  • http://bballbible.blogspot.com Tega

    Let me get this straight, before his injury Chris Paul was averaging 20.4-11.2-4.6, shooting 86% from the line, 50.4% from the field and 42% from three, and somehow there are fools on this site saying D-Will and D-Rose are better???! WTF? Are dudes really that biased or is this one of those out of sight, out of mind scenarios? Let’s be honest with ourselves, the Hornets suck. David West is soft and the reason CP3 is hurt right now, Emeka peaked years ago, Peja fell off before he signed with NO, and nobody else he plays with or has played with is even worth mentioning. If CP3 isn’t top 5, then he damn sure better be 6th without any argument.
    I don’t dispute that D-Will is an elite point guard, but to argue that he’s better than CP3 just shows the level of basketball acumen you guys truly have. D-Will is good, but it can’t be discounted that he’s playing in the system that produced Stockton, the NBA’s all-time assists leader. Coincidence? Maybe, but let’s not minimize the effects of playing for Jerry Sloan.
    You can most certainly build a championship team around Chris Paul. It’s unfortunate that he’s stuck on a franchise more concerned with pinching pennies then building a contender.

  • Mr. Wiggles.

    Wade had Shaq

    Pierce had KG

    Kobe had Pau

    The Pistons are the only team to win it without a dominating big man, or someone named Jordan since the Bulls 1st.

    Lakers get swept last year without Pau.

    Fact.

    Oh and kobe’s other 3. Yeah Shaq.

  • http://heckler@aol.com Heckler

    @53–

    Max,

    Chris Paul never made it to a WCF series. I think the best he and his team ever did was a game 7 of the 2nd round. and they lost at home to the Spurs.

    It was Deron Williams (2007) that went to the WCFs.

  • Mr. Wiggles.

    Even if LeBron wins this year, He hadn’t even sniffed a Finals win until what?

    You guessed it.

    Shaq.

  • http://heckler@aol.com Heckler

    @57–

    Tega,

    I would take Deron Williams over Chris Paul any day. Not to say Chris Paul isnt a stud, but Deron Williams is just a little more polished and a tougher defensive matchup.

    And consider this, Deron Williams plays in a system for Jerry Sloan that actually handcuffs him. Yes; handcuffs him. he doesn’t get to play with the freedom Chris Paul does.

    Imagine if Chris Paul was bottled up by Jerry Sloan and Deron Williams was free to do his thing the way Byron Scott allows his PGs to do.

    what would Deron Williams number look like then? Imagine that….

  • http://heckler@aol.com Heckler

    @67

    Wiggles,

    the fact that LeBron made it to the finals in 2007, is a “SNIFF” in itself

  • Mr. Wiggles.

    Ok and Junior seau made it to the Superbowl against the 49ers.

    I think he lost by over 7 TD’s

    No one Praises a Loser.

    well in your case they do.

    ALL HAIL leBROOM

  • LakeShow84

    Frickin Ian saying he’ll take TP over CP3 and Dwill lol

  • LakeShow84

    Free Deron Williams!

    Then we will see what he can do.. until then CP3 gets the nod because hes pretty sickwidit and can do basically everything Deron can do except be big and not get run over by Billups lol

    You could say DeronWilliams has the POTENTIAL to drop those #’s but you never know.. shit im still banking on Bynum’s potential..

  • http://twitter.com/therealknowbody Gabriel Brogden

    Lebron James – husky stats and non-stop motor

    Dwayne Wade – blood is made outta ice cold deer park

    Dwight Howard – premier big man

    Brandon Roy – remarkably understands whats going to happen on the court before the other 9 players do, just a matter of executing on both ends.

    Kevin Durant – dazzling talent

    I think I’m cheating because obviously 5 teams have done just what the headline implores. But I can’t think of any. College, maybe Evan Turner.

  • http://dimemag.com Austin Burton

    @Wiggles — Again, nobody is saying you don’t need a great big man. But that big man doesn’t have to be the No. 1/franchise guy. Case in point, Shaq in Miami, Pau in L.A., KG in Boston, Wallace in Detroit. Hence, you can build a championship team around a perimeter guy these days, just make sure you have a good big man to go with him.

  • LakeShow84

    @ Wiggles

    Quick side note: Shaq was so weak in those Finals you could seriously say Dwade won that one on his own.. Alonzo chipped in but with the way Dwade took over that Finals you probably couldve plugged Kwame Brown in there and they wouldve been parading in Miami..

    Just saying..

  • Leroy Shonuff

    This is why teams get stuck and suckered….overrating wing players. Brandon Roy you do not build your team around. That’s why they drafted Oden. You need a big who is good unless you have a great team(i.e pistons 04). The blazers could of been that team if they would have got durant but they didnt.
    In order to win you must have an big. If memphis is smart, they will keep zach and marc and not over-pay for rudy. Develop hasheem and they could be great in two years. You need bigs to win. That’s why Brook and what new jersey does this off season is soo important. If they make Brook into a role player that will suffer, but if they take their young talent and build around brook, they will e title contenders for the next ten years. You may not get a lebron or kobe, but you can have a kevin martin. Houston could be very good next year if Yao returns healthy. Why cause you got a big. Bigs win

  • Mr. Wiggles.

    Thank you Leroy.

    LeBron has a grad total of ZERO wins in the Finals.

    Dwight at least has 1.

    Overrating Wing Players.

    Friends don’t let friends do it.

  • JAY

    @Lakeshow

    I’m wasn’t disputing that Howard should not be considered a cornerstone. I just pointing out the silliness of the comment about Dwight having “unstoppable post moves”. I agree Dwight is an absolutely beast but i’m sure even you can laugh at that one… unstoppable post moves?? Really?!?? That term describes guy like Hakeem and Shaq-in-his-hayday. Not Dwight Howard.

  • fLaVa

    I’d take Superman over cp3 and even if i were to pick a PG.. it’ll be Deron not Cp3…

    my list would be;
    LBJ
    KD
    Melo
    Wade
    Superman

  • http://Top5FranchisePlayerstoBuildYourNBATeam Ramzy Alawi

    Nice try on the list, but not even close buddy!
    1)Dwyane Wade (He proved in 06′ once he has the right pieces he can do the rest.)
    2)LeBron James (Just the best all-around player in the league.)
    3)Kobe Bryant (Kobe is just Kobe)
    4)Derrick Rose (Way more special than Kevin Durant)

  • http://Top5FranchisePlayerstoBuildYourNBATeam Ramzy Alawi

    Nice try on the list, but not even close buddy!
    1)Dwyane Wade (He proved in 06′ once he has the right pieces he can do the rest.)
    2)LeBron James (Just the best all-around player in the league.)
    3)Kobe Bryant (Kobe is just Kobe)
    4)Derrick Rose (Way more special than Kevin Durant)
    5)Dwight Howard (Better on D and more savy than KD)
    Sorry I forgot the 5th on th one on top of this here.Lol

  • Al Day

    1)LeBron
    2)CP3
    3)Dwight
    4)KD
    5)T-Evans

  • bkzballaholic

    im seeing some stupid ass names on here..Andrew Bogut? LOL..heres the top 5..and this is the official top 5

    1- Lebron James

    2- Kevin Durant

    3- Dwight Howard

    4- Chris Paul

    5- Carmelo Anthony

  • JB

    1. Lebron- Duh

    2. Kevin Durant- Dude is special. Potential to be an all time great and scoring machine and will throw in a couple of rebound, assists, and blocks

    3. Dwight Howard- An absoulute beast on the block and an incredible defender. Will be a strong force in the league for years to come

    4. Derrick Rose- Like Dwyane Wade except the point guard version. He needs to work on long range and better passing but he has potential like Durant. Will be one of the league’s best point guards in 2 years

    5. Deron Williams- Dude will peak in a couple of years. Then just watch out

    Honorable mention- Tyreke Evans, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh