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Greatest Player in the History of Each NBA Franchise

Greatest Player in the History of Each NBA Franchise January 30, 2018

Here's the best basketball player from every NBA franchise in the history of the league. If you are a fan of great basketball and legendary performances, you can't dispute this list. Kobe Bryant over Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Karl Malone over John Stockton? I will warn you that Chris Paul is on the list twice which will piss a lot of you off, but when you see the reasoning behind it, you will understand. Regardless what you think of each one of these players, every one of them have done something or are doing something currently that will leave their mark on each of these franchises. 

Denver Nuggets: Alex English

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Dude got selected 23rd overall and all he went on to do is become the Nuggets all-time leader in games, minutes, field goals, offensive rebounds, assists, and points. Melo is currently regretting forcing his way out on Denver because he would kicked Alex English to the curb if he was just a little patient.  

Detroit Pistons: Isiah Thomas

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I literally almost took Isiah out of this top spot because I remember how bad he sucked as the Knicks coach. In all honestly, him and the bad boy Pistons were Michael Jordan's kryptonite. Every year in MJ's career, he would get knocked out of the playoffs because of these guys. Finals MVP, 12-time All-Star, and the best player ever to put on the Pistons uniform.   

Golden State Warriors: Wilt Chamberlain

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Can you all please take a look at this picture and tell me Wilt isn't the best player the Warriors ever had? If you say Steph Curry, you probably haven't had your 8th grade promotion yet. This man scored 100 out of a possible 169 points against the Knicks. LEGEND. 

Houston Rockets: Hakeem

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I have always known Hakeem as the dude who basically took advantage of Michael Jordan being out of the league. He won 2 championships and 2 Finals MVP while Jordan decided to go suck at baseball. He along with everybody else in the league knew that once MJ was back they were screwed.

Indiana Pacers: Reggie Miller

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Yes he never won a championship, but in his 18 seasons with the Pacers, they made the playoffs 15 times. You would think after 15 tries they would AT LEAST win one. He was the best three-pointer shooter in NBA history until this guy with a baby face came along and changed that. 

Los Angeles Clippers: Chris Paul

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I bet you are furious but I mean, who the hell did you want me to put here? I know Chris Paul hasn't made it past the second round EVER in his career, but he just wins by default. You can say he is the best of the worst? Congrats?

Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant

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Ok, when you were growing up and shooting three pointers with paper wads in a trash can, you all yelled "Kobe" and that is fact. I never yelled Magic or Kareem and if I did I probably missed. Not to mention, which other Laker had two jerseys retired? I'll wait on that.... 

 

 

Memphis Grizzlies: Marc Gasol

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Memphis hasn't seen too many great players walk through their building but, the Gasol brothers have been bright spots. His ability to pass the ball, and his high defensive efficiency, show all the traits that make Marc Gasol is on of the best centers in the league. I know though, it is hard to see Kobe on the last slide then flip it and see Marc Gasol.  

Miami Heat: Dwyane Wade

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Before the super team that Wade formed with LeBron and Bosh, he won a title of his own back in 2006 overcoming a 2-0 deficit and winning Finals MVP. Wade is currently the Heat’s franchise leader in games, minutes, field goals made, free throws made, assists, steals, and points. Easily the best player that the Heat has seen.   

Milwaukee Bucks: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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I was determined to put Kareem on the list one way or another because he fell short on my Laker list. He had seasons that averaged 31, 34, 30, and 30 points a game when he was on the Bucks. Kareem without question is a top 5 players of all-time. 

New Orleans Hornets: Chris Paul

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Chris Paul again? So much praise for a guy that has never made the Western Conference Finals. I have to remind you though that this is another case where it was Chris Paul by default. Not putting Tyson Chandler, David West, or Al Jefferson guys, sorry to crush your dreams. 

New York Knicks: Willis Reed

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In only his third season, Reed led the Knicks to the postseason, where they lost to the Boston Celtics. After that season, he led the Knicks to the playoffs for the REST of his career, which was seven more seasons. If you are pissed and say Patrick Ewing, I got 2 championship reasons why.  

Seattle SuperSonics: Gary Payton

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Probably one of the best defenders the NBA has ever seen. During his 12 1/2 years with the Sonics, he led them to the playoffs 10 times. Imagine having to lock up players like Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, Kobe, Jason Kidd and being as successful as he was. Gary takes that top spot. 

Orlando Magic: Dwight Howard

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It is REALLY easy to forget that Dwight Howard was a player that was dominant. In fact, Dwight Howard and the Magic had a great opportunity to be up 3-1 on Lakers in those Finals. I have to shoutout Penny, T-Mac, and Shaq though because if injuries or a trade didn't occur, Dwight would have been an afterthought on this list. 

Philadelphia 76ers: Dr. J

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Known for his unbelievable athletic ability, Julius Erving carried his team all the way to the Finals his rookie year but came up short. Erving leads the Sixers all-time in almost every statistical category. Dr. J's career accomplishments looks like the first half of a Harry Potter book. Best player in Sixers history.

Phoenix Suns: Charles Barkley

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It is sad that the young folks these days know him as the large bitter man on TNT. Four players in NBA history have 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, and 4,000 assists: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Wilt Chamberlain, and Charles Barkley. That is amazing company and that is what put him over Steve Nash in my opinion. 

Portland Trailblazers: Clyde Drexler

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Although he had never won a championship, Clyde carried Portland to the playoffs his entire 12 years there. When we mention all-time greats, I am really confused on why we aren't give Clyde some love? Basically carried this team on his back to put them in contention almost ever year. 

Sacramento Kings/Cincinnati Royals: Oscar Robertson

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Clear cut choice. Robertson came on in his rookie year averaging 30 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 9.7 assists. Averaging almost a triple double in your ROOKIE YEAR is flat out impressive. Oscar must have been pissed in 61-62 when he finished 3rd in the MVP race averaging 30 points, 12 assists, and 11 rebounds. Just to make him feel better about that, I put him in my top spot.   

San Antonio Spurs: Tim Duncan

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Tim Duncan had a better overall career than Kobe and if you are triggered, I don't care because go look at numbers. Duncan was a made free throw by either Kawhi or Ginobli away from getting his 6th championship. Basically averaged a double-double throughout his career and one of the most consistent players of all-time. 

Toronto Raptors: Chris Bosh

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This was cake, he was the only relevant basketball player that Canada has seen in a long time. People forget that before he was a third wheel to LeBron and Wade, he was the centerpiece of the Raptors franchise. 

Utah Jazz: Karl Malone

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If it wasn't for a man named "Michael Jordan" Karl Malone could easily have two rings and possibly more. Regardless, Malone finished out his career being the leader in minutes, field goals made, free throws made, rebounds, and points. Top 10 of all-time no question. 

Washington Wizards/Bullets: Wes Unseld

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I was very tempted to flip a coin between John Wall and Wes but leading the Bullets to 12 straight playoff appearances and their first ever NBA championship is a lot more impressive than exiting the 2nd round year after year. Sorry John, although Wes'  numbers weren't as sexy, consistency of competing and winning a championship puts him over John Wall for now.  

Minnesota Timberwolves: Kevin Garnett

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No debate whatsoever. If you mention Kevin Love's name I will slap you silly. Just looking at this picture of KG makes me want to run through a wall for no apparent reason. 10-time All-Star and 8-time All-Defensive with his time with the T-Wolves? Legendary no question. 

Atlanta Hawks: Dominique Wilkins

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I would give my kidney as well as my left arm to see Nique dunk in this years' dunk contest. Prime Nique would do some things to embarass dunkers of this geranation. Lets not forget that Wilkins averaged 25 a game in his career which only few who have ever played this game can say. 

Boston Celtics: Larry Bird

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A two-time Finals MVP, three-time NBA MVP, twelve-time All-Star, and made All-NBA first team nine times. Larry was one of the best "clear" players in the NBA as well as being just flat out consistent averaging 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists throughout his career. If you look at his overall career and stack it up with the best, Larry finishes Top 10 no question. 

New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets: Jason Kidd

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Regardless of them getting destroyed by the Lakers in the Finals, Kidd put the Nets on the map. In terms of three-point shooting, one of the best to ever do it in my opinion. He finally captured a championship with that old man Mavs team with Tyson Chandler, Dirk, and Shaun Marion. Horray old people! 

Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets: Gerald Wallace

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Gerald Wallace has just about every record in Bobcats franchise history. He holds the record for most games played, total points scored, minutes played, field goals made and attempted and total steals. If i were to mention anybody else I know you all would be pissed. Wallace was an absolute monster in every phase of the game between 06-10. 

Chicago Bulls: Michael Jordan

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Well obviously, who else did you expect to see here D. Rose? MJ went 6/6 in NBA Finals, captured six NBA Finals MVP awards, was a 14-time All-Star and without question the second greatest basketball player to ever walk this Earth. But why did you have to play baseball? 

Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James

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Lebron is the greatest basketball player of all-time everyone. Regardless what you think, Lebron was the one that allowed us to put Cleveland and champions in the same sentence. I mean, who the heck thought that anybody would say that in their lifetime? Have to give a quick honorable mention to Anderson Varejao.

Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki

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Probably the most memorable year in his brilliant Hall of Fame career was when Dirk and the Mavs defeated Miami's super team with LeBron, Wade, and Bosh. Who would have thought ancient dirk with the weirdest looking jumpshot would have beat a super team in their prime? Shoutout to J.J. Barea though, you were a close second.