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     Michael JordanBy @CJ_H_12

       Each franchise has at least one great player (Except for the Bobcats). Some are obvious. Some might be surprising. Please take into fact that I will pretend that the Brooklyn Nets were the same team as the New Jersey Nets or the New York Nets. I will do this for some other teams too (Kings=Cincinnati Royals, Hawks=St. Louis Hawks, Clippers=Buffalo Braves). After I name the player that I thought was the greatest for the franchise, I will do a little explaining. Please feel free to comment and follow me on twitter @CJ_H_12.

 

Atlanta Hawks: Bob Pettit

 

          Some people consider Pettit as one of the 20 greatest players of all time. He was the first player to reach 20,000 points and he averaged a double-double for his career (26.4 PPG and 16.2 TRB). He was selected to be an all-star every year of his career and he won the MVP twice. Pettit was part of one of the two teams that dethroned Bill Russell Celtics in the NBA Finals (Pettit and the Hawks beat the Celtics in 1958). I chose him over Dominique Wilkins because I believe he was a better overall player and he was able to win a championship.

 

Boston Celtics: Bill Russell

 

          Bill Russell is considered to be the greatest player of all time. He is one of the greatest winners in all of team sports of all time. Russell won 11 championships in 13 years. It took the St. Louis Cardinals 131 years to win 11 championships. Russell is also considered the greatest defender of all time. If only the NBA kept track of blocks back then.....I chose Russell over Larry Bird because he is the greatest winner of all time.

 

Brooklyn Nets: Julius Erving

 

          Julius actually played with the New York Nets, but I will count this as the Nets franchise. Julius brought the Nets 2 ABA championships and was crowned MVP 3 times in the 3 seasons he played on the Nets. He led the league in scoring twice and averaged a double-double for the 3 years on the Nets. I chose Julius over Erving because Erving brought the Nets 2 championships and he was a better scorer, rebounder, and winner.

 

 

Charlotte Bobcats: Gerald Wallace

 

          The Bobcats have few great players so this was very limited. He played seven years with them and made the all-star team once and all-defensive team once. Gerald had a lot of eye popping dunks and played very good defense. He is now with the Nets and I am looking for him to raise his game to another level. I chose him over Raymond Felton because he is a better scorer and defender.

 

Chicago Bulls: Michael Jordan

 

This is obvious. He's the greatest player of all time who brought the Bulls 6 championships.  I chose him over Scottie Pippen because he's Michael Jordan.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers: Lebron James


         
Lebron led the Cavs to a Finals appearance and was great on both sides of the court. He averaged 28 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds when he was on the Cavs. He also was the 3rd player in NBA history to average 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in his rookie season. He currently owns the record for being the youngest player to ever win the rookie of the year award. His last two years with Cavaliers, he won back to back MVP awards. I chose him over Mark Price because he led the Cavs franchise to their only NBA finals appearance and he was a better scorer and defender.

 

Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki

 

          Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks to their only two finals appearances and won the NBA Finals in 2011. He has never played with another NBA franchise and honestly I hope he doesn't. I can't see him in another uniform other than the Mavs. If you can say this about a player, you know he was great in the franchise. Other than the NBA Finals, he won the MVP award and averaged 22.7 points per game, 2.6 assists per game, and 8 rebounds a game for his career. I chose him over Rolando Blackman because he won the MVP, made it to two championships, and won once.

 

Denver Nuggets: Alex English

 

          Alex English was one of the greatest scorers of all time. He led the Nuggets to the Western Conference Finals in 1985 and won the scoring title in 1983. I am going to get straight into why I picked him over Carmelo because it was extremely close in picking one over the other. They both had some-what talented teammates (Carmelo: Iverson, JR Smith, Chauncey Billups. Alex English: Fat Lever, Calvin Natt, Dan Issel). They both made the playoffs every year when they were on the Nuggets. (Except when English was traded too late in the season to the Nuggets for them to make the playoffs) Carmelo lost 6 times in the first round of the playoffs and made it past there once (Made it to Conference Finals). English lost 5 times in the first round of the playoffs and made it past there 4 times (Made it to Conference Finals and Conference Semi's three times). After Carmelo left the Nuggets, the Nuggets made it to the playoffs two times in a row (Currently is 33-21 this year). After English left, the Nuggets didn't make the playoffs three straight years. As you can see, English obviously did more and played better for the Nuggets.

Detroit Pistons: Isiah Thomas

 

          Isiah Thomas was one of the quickest and toughest players of all time. He was the leader of the Bad Boy Pistons and could dribble, drive, or shoot with anyone. He won back-to-championships in 1989 and 1990 and gave the Blazers and Lakers extreme backcourt problems. He averaged 19 points per game and 9 assists per game for his career. He made 12 all-star appearances and 5 All-NBA selections. I chose him over Chauncey Billups because he was a better scorer, passer, and defender than Chauncey ever was.

 

Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers:

 

Wilt Chamberlain is the greatest player from two franchises. He was possibly the greatest scorer and rebounder of all time. Although Wilt was focused on stats a lot, his statistics can't be ignored. His rookie year he averaged 37.6 points per game and 27 rebounds per game. That rookie season he won rookie of the year and MVP. 2 years later, he averaged 50 points per game! That same year that he averaged 50 points (1962), he scored 100 points in one game! That record might never be broken. The only accusation you point out is he couldn't win. Still, he was able to win just as many championships as Julius Erving (1 NBA Championship) and Rick Barry (1 championship). I chose him over Julius and Barry because he was the most dominant force ever and was able to win as many NBA Championships as Julius and Barry combined.

 

Houston Rockets: Hakeem Olajuwon

 

          His abilities and credits are amazing. Hakeem Olajuwon was a point guard who was stuck in a big man's body. He had one of the quickest feet a big man has ever had. This all came from playing soccer at a young age. He won an MVP in 1994 and probably should've won again in 1995. In his MVP year and should've been MVP year, he won back-to-back championships. In those two years, he proved his dominance over Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal, and all centers. I chose him over the Big E, Elvin Hayes, because he was able to win two championships and was better defensively and almost as good offensively.

 

Indiana Pacers: Reggie Miller

 

          BOOM BABY! If you watched Reggie Miller play you would hear this a lot. This was said when something good happened for the Pacers. The good that happened to the Pacers was usually from Reggie Miller. Reggie is the second in all time 3 pointers made and made the Eastern Conference Finals 3 times in 3 straight years (Made NBA Finals in 2000). From 1988-2005 he proved to the World that he might be the greatest shooter of all time. I chose him over everyone else because he had a lot of success in the East during the 90's (A huge challenge since Jordan and Ewing were at their primes).

 

Los Angeles Clippers: Bob McAdoo

 

          Bob McAdoo played for the Buffalo Braves, which later became the Los Angeles Clippers. Bob was a scoring machine. He was a 3 time scoring champion; he averaged 28 points per game while on the clippers, and won an MVP along the road. He was a 4 time all-star and 2 time all-NBA selection. Bob led the Clippers/Braves to their first playoff appearances (led to playoffs 3 times). After Bob left, the Clippers/Braves went on a 14 year drought. I chose Bob over Chris Paul, because he was a better scorer and put up better numbers. However, I wouldn't be surprised to see Chris Paul here in 2015.

 

Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks: Kareem Abdul Jabbar

 

          A lot of people just clicked the exit button after they saw my pick. However, I still believe Kareem is the greatest player to ever play on the Lakers. Kareem won the MVP 6 times and has the longest span of Finals MVP from any player ever (Won Finals MVP in 1971 and 1985). He is one of the iron men of the NBA, playing 20 seasons. His scoring was great (24.6 PPG for career and lead the league in scoring twice), his defense was great (made 11 all-defensive teams and lead the league in blocks three times), and he was a winner (6 time champion). His sky-hook was unstoppable and was also, possibly, the greatest all-around player of all time. I chose Kareem over Magic because I believe he was a better scorer, defender, rebounder, iron-man, better at being clutch, and was just as good at winning. If I had to choose someone who helped the Lakers franchise the most, I would choose Magic. However, this is about "who is the greatest player from each franchise," not "Who helped their main franchise the most."

 

Memphis Grizzlies: Pau Gasol

 

          Pau Gasol is currently on the Lakers. However, a lot of people don't remember he played on the Grizzlies from 2001-2008. In that span on the Grizzlies, he averaged 18.8 points per game, 8.6 TRB, 3.1 APG, and 2 BPG (these are averages from when he played the whole season on the Grizzlies. This means I am excluding the games he played in 2008, before he was traded to the Lakers). Pau Gasol was one of the 3 Grizzlies to ever make an all-star game. In his rookie season, he averaged 18 points per game and 9 rebounds a game. That season he won rookie of the year and was selected to All-NBA First team. I chose him over Zach Randolph because he averaged the same statistics and made 4 all-star appearances and rookie of the year. Gasol also has been selected to 3 all-nba selections.

 

Miami Heat: Lebron James

 

          A lot of people would pick Dwyane Wade here, but that would mean they are judging players by their contribution to a team. I am judging people by their talent, and that means that Lebron is picked here. Lebron is slowly climbing his way to the GOAT (Which is currently held by Jordan), but he still has a lot to do. Anyways, he is a 9 time all-star, a 3 time MVP, a 6 time all-nba first team selection, a 2 time all-nba second team selection, and a Rookie of the Year award. So far, he has averaged 27 PPG, 8 TRB, 7 APG, and 2 BPG while on the Heat. These statistics are better than Wade's any day of the week.

 

Minnesota Timberwolves: Kevin Garnett

 

          This was a relatively easy pick. The Wolves have not had the greatest success as a franchise. This might be their only great player in their franchise (If you want to consider Al Jefferson great fine, but I don't. I also believe Love and Rubio are too young to be considered great). While on the Wolves, Garnett averaged a double-double (20 PPG and 11.5 TRB). He also was a supreme passer averaging 5 or more assists 6 times on the Wolves. The best part of his game, however, is his defense. He has been on the all-nba defensive team 12 times in his career, and 8 times on the Wolves. His 15 all-star appearances can't be overlooked too. I chose him over Al Jefferson, because he is a better player in all categories.

 

New Orleans Hornets: Chris Paul

 

          Chris Paul is known for being a leader. He is not one of those guys who you didn't realize was on the court. David Lee once said everyone knows he is on the court when he is on the court. He also has great stats to prove he is a great player. While on the Hornets, he averaged 19 PPG, 9.9 APG, 5 TRB, and 2.5 SPG. His defense was also great. He made 3 all-nba defense teams on the Hornets and led the league in steals 3 times. I chose Chris Paul over Alonzo Mourning because he is just as good of a scorer, a slightly better defender while on the Hornets, a better passer and leader, and still a good rebounder for a point guard.

 

New York Knicks: Patrick Ewing

 

          Patrick Ewing was an all-around great player. He was a very good scorer (23 PPG while on Knicks), a very good defender (3 all-nba defensive teams, while going against Hakeem, David Robinson, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, etc), and very good rebounder (10 TRB while on Knicks), and a good leader (led the Knicks to a game 7 of the NBA Finals). The only knock you can have, is he didn't win a championship. However, if John Starks didn't go 2-18 in game 7 of the NBA finals he would have a championship. I chose him over Willis Reed and Walt Frazier, because he was a better scorer than both, a very good defender (better than Reed, but incomparable to Frazier's defense), a very-good rebounder (better than Frazier and played in a tougher center era than Willis), and he was capable of leading a team to a championship (Again, if Starks went 4-18 they might have won).

Oklahoma City Thunder: Gary Payton

 

          (OKC and Sonics are the same franchise) After Durant retires, I believe Durant will be here. For now, the Glove will be here due to his credentials. He is possibly the greatest point guard defender of all time (9 time all-defense selection), a good scorer (18 PPG while on Sonics), a good passer (7 APG while on Sonics), and can help a team reach the NBA Finals. If it wasn't for Michael Jordan he would have a championship. Also if the Sonics franchise didn't trade and release everyone after 1996, he might have a championship. I chose him over Shawn Kemp, because he was a better defender, passer, a better scorer, and I believe he lead the Sonics to the NBA Finals.

 

Orlando Magic: Dwight Howard

 

          Dwight is one of the greatest defenders of today's players. This is shown by his 3 consecutive Defensive Player of the Year Awards. He also led the league in blocks 3 times. His scoring is also very good. Dwight averaged around 20 PPG for his career with the Magic. When it comes to rebounding, he is a monster. Dwight led the league in rebounding 4 times. Let's not forget when he led the Magic to an NBA Finals appearance in 2009. I chose Dwight over Shaq, because he is a good scorer (Shaq is better, but Dwight is still very good), Dwight is a supreme defender, he led the league in rebounding 4 times, while Shaq never did, and they both led their teams to the NBA Finals.

 

Phoenix Suns: Charles Barkley

 

          Most people would put Nash here, but I believe he did more for the Suns franchise and he was a better player. Charles was a better scorer and rebounder. He led the Suns to a Western Conference Finals championship and was a pretty good passer himself (averaged 4.5 APG while on the Suns). If you wanted to build a team around someone, you would want Barkley instead of Nash. Barkley can play with anyone too and can lead a team to a championship (If it wasn't for Jordan, he would have one). Anyways, Barkley averaged 23 PPG while on the Suns, 11.5 TRB while on the Suns, 4.5 APG while on the Suns, and won an MVP.

 

Portland Trail Blazers: Clyde Drexler

 

          Clyde the Glide Drexler was a great player. Clyde would fill the fast-break and use his athleticism to finish at the rim. He led Portland to 2 championship appearances before losing to the Bad Boy Pistons and Michael Jordan and the Bulls. Clyde was elected to 10 all-star games and averaged 20 PPG, 6 TRB, and 6 APG for his Trail Blazer career. I chose Clyde over Walton, because I believe being great is not just playing great for 2 years. I believe great means: Being great for a long enough period of time to win multiple championships. 

 

Sacramento Kings: Oscar Robertson

 

          (Kings and Royals are the same franchise) Oscar could be the greatest King and point guard of all time. He was a great all-around player (Showed by him averaging a triple-double once and missing a triple-double by less than an assist/rebound 4 times) and he has the statistics to prove it. Obviously there was his triple-double. Other than that is his 29.3 PPG, 10.3 APG, and 8.5 TRB stat-line while playing for the Kings. Oscar made 12 all-star games, won the MVP Trophy over Wilt, Russell, and West, and was elected to 11 all-nba teams (9 first teams and 2 second teams). I chose Oscar over Nate Archibald, because Oscar was a better all-around player (better scorer, passer, rebounder, winner, etc.).

 

San Antonio Spurs: Tim Duncan

 

          Tim was an obvious pick (That tells you something since the Spurs had David Robinson, George Gervin, and Tony Parker play for them). He has the been the Spurs defensive and offensive anchor since his rookie season (Duncan: 21 PPG and all-defensive team...Robinson: 20 PPG and all-defensive team). He has made 14 all-star appearances, 13 all-nba selections (9 first team selections, 3 second team selections, and 1 third team selection), 2 time MVP, Rookie of the Year, 13 all defensive teams (8 first team selections, 5 second team selections), and averaged a double-double for 13 straight seasons. I chose Duncan over Robinson because he is/was better defensively, offensively, and Robinson needed Duncan to win a championship.

 

Toronto Raptors: Vince Carter

 

          Vinsanity was spectacular on the Raptors. His high-flying dunks, his amazing athleticism, etc. were just amazing. His defense wasn't anything to brag about, but his scoring and rebounding were great for his position. While on the Raptors, he averaged 24 PPG, 5 TRB, and 4 APG. Over Carter's career, he made 8 all-star games, won Rookie of the Year, and almost averaged 28 PPG in 2001. I chose him over Bosh, because neither had success with defense, but both Vince was better offensively.

 

Utah Jazz: Karl Malone

 

          This one is another obvious one. Karl was a great scorer, rebounder, and eventually developed into a pretty good defender. His stats can back me up on this: 25 PPG, 10TRB, and 4 APG for Jazz career, 14 all-star appearances, 2 MVP awards, 14 all-nba teams, and he averaged a double-double 10 times in his career. If it wasn't for Jordan, he would have 2 championships and 3-5 MVP's. I chose Malone over Stockton, because choosing Stockton over Malone is like choosing Robin over Batman. You just can't choose the assistant. You have to choose the boss.

 

Washington Wizards: Wes Unseld

 

          (Wizards are the same franchise as Bullets) When you look at his stats you immediately think, how come he only scored in double figures 6 times in his 13 year career. How did he win the MVP in his rookie season and only average 13 PPG. That's because Unseld did the little things. He had the greatest screens of all time (producing tons of points), leader in assists and blocks in Wizards franchise history, and he was a great rebounder. Facing greats like Jabbar, Wills Reed, Wilt, etc. he averaged 14 rebounds per game for his career. He knew how to win and his teammates liked him. That's why I chose him over Hayes. Hayes was disliked by teammates and never won an MVP although he scored 16689 points more than Unseld.

 

End:

 

Atlanta Hawks: Bob Pettit

Boston Celtics: Bill Russell

Brooklyn Nets: Julius Erving

Charlotte Bobcats: Gerald Wallace

Chicago Bulls: Michael Jordan

Cleveland Cavaliers: Lebron James

Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki

Denver Nuggets: Alex English

Detroit Pistons: Isiah Thomas

Golden State Warriors: Wilt Chamberlain

Houston Rockets: Hakeem Olajuwon

Indiana Pacers: Reggie Miller

Los Angeles Clippers: Bob McAdoo

Los Angeles Lakers: Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Memphis Grizzlies: Pau Gasol

Miami Heat: Lebron James

Milwaukee Bucks: Kareem Abdul Jabbar/Lew Alcindor

Minnesota Timberwolves: Kevin Garnett

New Orleans Hornets: Chris Paul

New York Knicks: Patrick Ewing

Oklahoma City Thunder: Gary Payton

Orlando Magic: Dwight Howard

Philadelphia 76ers: Wilt Chamberlain

Phoenix Suns: Charles Barkley

Portland Trail Blazers: Clyde Drexler

Sacramento Kings: Oscar Robertson

San Antonio Spurs: Tim Duncan

Toronto Raptors: Vince Carter

Utah Jazz: Karl Malone

Washington Wizards: Wes Unseld

February 27, 2013  02:18 PM ET

Bob Petit over Pete Maravich?

 
February 27, 2013  02:34 PM ET

"Bob Petit over Pete Maravich?" Bob Pettit defeated Bill Russell's "unbeatable" Celtics. If it wasn't for Pettit, Russell would've won 9 championships in a row. Maravich never won anything.

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