7 NBA Teams Still Looking for Its Franchise Star to Build Around

September 22nd, 2012 by Kelly Scaletta Leave a reply »
To win an NBA title you need at least one franchise player, one superstar. Certainly, it's better to have two, but one is essential. 

A franchise player is difficult to define. There's no statistical definition, but stats are a good place to start. 

Since 1978 only three teams have won a title without a player who finished in the top 10 in Player Efficiency Rating (PER). Of those, two were the 1989 and 1990 Detroit Pistons who were led by Isiah Thomas who was unquestionably a "Franchise Player." 

In essence a franchise player is someone who you feel can carry a championship team, in the present or future. At any given time there are no more than 10 of them in the league, and usually there aren't that many. 

Some teams have a player who they can build around but are still adding the necessary pieces. Others have the pieces but not the franchise player to build around. Still others, such as the Charlotte Bobcats, are so young it's hard to tell whether they have both or neither. 

There are seven teams who are playoff caliber teams without a franchise player. These teams should, if the opportunity arises, c ...

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