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QJenk
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Every NBA franchise best player all-time
Had an office debate earlier on whether or not Kobe is the greatest Laker ever, so I decided to bring this here except for every NBA team.
Parameters:

1. Only includes their performance with that specific team. You can't include Shaq's time in Orlando or L.A. to try and justify him as the Best Heat
2. Player must have played for said team for a minimum of 5 years. Arbitrary number, I know, but in order to lay claim as a franchise's best ever player. You had to at least spend some significant time there, imo. Kawhi should not be seen as the greatest Raptor, nor KD as the greatest Warrior. As in when you think of this player, you think of them in this uniform, and vice versa
3. Include Franchise's current city, as well as previous cities.
Hornets include Bobcats history-current
Pelicans include og Cha Hornets, NO Hornets-current
Warriors include time in Philly
Hawks includes time in St. Louis
Clippers include time in Buffalo
OKC includes Sacramento
You get the point.

Celtics-Larry Bird(Obviously Russell has a huge claim, but i think Larry was the better player, pretty interchangeable overall)
Nets- Jason Kidd
Knicks-Patrick Ewing
76ers- Dr. J
Raptors- Vince Carter
Bulls- Michael Jordan
Caveliers- Lebron James
Pistons- Isaiah Thomas
Pacers- Reggie Miller
Bucks- Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Hawks- Bob Petit
Hornets- Kemba Walker
Heat- Dwyane Wade
Magic- Dwight Howard- Dont kill me over this. Shaq only spent 4 seasons there
Wizards- Elvin Hayes
Nuggets- Carmelo Anthony
Timberwolves- Kevin Garnett
Thunder- Kevin Durant
Trailblazers- Clyde Drexler
Jazz- Karl Malone
Warriors- Wilt Chamberlain
Clippers- Bob Mcadoo
Lakers- Magic Johnson(easily the most debatable)
Suns- Steve Nash (I wanted to place Chuck, but apparently he was only there for 4 seasons.
Kings- Oscar Robertson
Mavericks- Dirk Novitski
Rockets- Hakeem Olajuwon
Grizzlies- Marc Gasol
Pelicans- Chris Paul
Spurs- Tim Duncan





Stidham8
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re: Every NBA franchise best player all-time
The Heat is definitely LeBron



Boomshockalocka
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re: Every NBA franchise best player all-time
Wade has 116.1 WS
Bron merely 65.3

Also Wade won a title w out bron.

The clippers is CP3

Portland - lillard
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sms151t
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re: Every NBA franchise best player all-time
Nuggets is Dan Issel and it’s a no brainer. Fat Lever may be ahead of Melo also
Nets is Dr J

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Stidham8
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re: Every NBA franchise best player all-time
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Wade has 116.1 WS
Bron merely 65.3

Also Wade won a title w out bron.

The clippers is CP3


LeBron took the heat to sustained heights they’d never seen and unlikely will ever see again.


Boomshockalocka
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re: Every NBA franchise best player all-time
Well they had 3 of the top 4 PER players in the league.

Wade won a title there w out a super team.

Bronco, did not.


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QJenk
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re: Every NBA franchise best player all-time
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The Heat is definitely LeBron



Lebron is definitely the better player. But under the stupid guidelines I listed of playing for said team for 5 years, he's not eligible.


lsufball19
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re: Every NBA franchise best player all-time
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Grizzlies- Marc Gasol

that's a really though one. I could also put Zach Randolph or Mike Conley here. Those three IMO were all equally as important to the run the Grizzlies went on from 2010-2017


SirWinston
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re: Every NBA franchise best player all-time
Giannis better than Kareem as a Buck. Go ahead and change that right now.


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Diseasefreeforall
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re: Every NBA franchise best player all-time
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Nuggets is Dan Issel and it’s a no brainer.

As an old-time Nuggets fan I gotta go with Alex English under the OPs rules but Joker is the best Nug ever.


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shel311
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re: Every NBA franchise best player all-time
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Lebron is definitely the better player. But under the stupid guidelines I listed of playing for said team for 5 years, he's not eligible.

yea, it's definitely DWade, really not debateable.


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chinhoyang
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re: Every NBA franchise best player all-time
The King has the Lakers, Heat and Cavaliers.
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504Voodoo
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Member since Aug 2012
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re: Every NBA franchise best player all-time
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Portland - lillard


Now that's a fun and interesting argument for Clyde vs. Dame for the Best Blazer.

Clyde at least reached the finals twice.


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Wade has 116.1 WS
Bron merely 65.3



Wade is Mr. Heat, but LeBron reached the peak of his powers in Miami. With that being said, Wade is the default answer because Lebron is for Clevland.


504Voodoo
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re: Every NBA franchise best player all-time
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Grizzlies- Marc Gasol

that's a really though one. I could also put Zach Randolph or Mike Conley here. Those three IMO were all equally as important to the run the Grizzlies went on from 2010-2017


Yeah but Marc has won Defensive Player of the year and reached top 10 in MVP twice.


TigerintheNO
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re: Every NBA franchise best player all-time
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Hornets- Kemba Walker


Larry Johnson


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teke184
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re: Every NBA franchise best player all-time
Hasn’t played 5 years for two of those teams.

Cavs are an easy one. Wade was still a better member of the Heat even if LeBron were eligible.

Lakers? Bitch please. At this stage in his career, LeBron has nothing on Magic, Kareem, etc.


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504Voodoo
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re: Every NBA franchise best player all-time
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76ers- Dr. J


Dr. J is the more popular but Moses Malone is probably the better player historically.

quote:

Hornets- Kemba Walker


Alonzo Mourning? Grand Maw Maw?


Dawgsontop34
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re: Every NBA franchise best player all-time
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Mavericks- Dirk Novitski


This is going to unnecessarily agitate me


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QJenk
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re: Every NBA franchise best player all-time
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As an old-time Nuggets fan I gotta go with Alex English under the OPs rules but Joker is the best Nug ever.


I'll be honest. The Melo pick was pure bias. I didn't even attempt to look up Nuggets greats.


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TigerintheNO
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re: Every NBA franchise best player all-time
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Dr. J is the more popular but Moses Malone is probably the better player historically.


Wilt won MVP awards in all three of his full seasons with the Sixers, equaling the total MVPs by everyone else in franchise history.


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