Drop Steps

Who are the real franchise players ?





During a talk with Blogger A.J. the other day an interesting angle on an age old argument came up.  Just who are the NBA franchise players and what are the criteria ?
A.J. suggested the use of one factor and one factor only, and that is:
Which players changed the fortunes of their team with no drop in production from day one ?  An interesting proposition indeed, so without further ado.
The obvious picks:
1. Kareem Abdul Jabbar
2. Bill Russell
3. Wilt Chamberlain
4. Hakeem Olajuwon
5. Shaquille O’Neal 
6. Larry Bird
7. George Mikan
8.Oscar Robertson
9. Lebron James
10.Tim Duncan
The surprises:
1. Isiah Thomas
2. Derrick Rose
3. Stephan Curry
4. Kevin Durrant
Not ready on day one:
1. Kevin Garnett
2. Kobe Bryant
3. Carmelo Anthony
4. Paul George
5. Bill Walton
6. Micheal Jordan
7. Scottie Pippen
8. Allen Iverson
This obvious picks are just that.  The surprises,  either through sheer talent or force of personality these players managed to change the direction of their respective franchises. The not ready from day one players developed over time, generally a season into franchise players. In the case of Micheal Jordan, his team, the Bulls didn’t really start winning until the addition of Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant and Bill Cartwright.  
This is an interesting concept that requires further consideration. 
I stand corrected.


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