Who would you pick to start a franchise with.
I just saw a die hard fan get roasted for close to -200 points for calling Drummond the 10 th best center. Obviously the majority of people think higher of him. I was starting to think where he would rank in overall players I would start with. Obviously with his remarkable improvement and just turning 21, he would be a fairly high pick. Players over 30 excluded, how would your list look to build a team around.
1.Im a huge James fan so this is tough but being younger makes Durant my first pick.
2. James- ( I still give him 5 years before somebody dethrones The King as undisputed best player in the game.plus he is well like and the ultimate team player and GM.) 3. A Davis. 4. George ( pre- injury) 5. K Love ( I know I should have a point guard like Paul but I think there is tremendous depth and the drop in talent from top big men like A Davis to middle of the pack big man like David West is far greater than top point guard CP3 to middle of the pack point guard like Kyle Lowry.
6-10- LEMarcus, Paul, Westbrook, Rose, Harden
Then I would have to consider Cousins & Drummond as there youth trumps Howard who I only give two more years before these two take the title from him as top big men in the game. I'm curious to read other thoughts on Top 12 lists on who you would start a franchise with.
durant is the obvious choice. outside of him and the indestructable lebron james, i have to heavily consider anthony davis. davis could be right there with lebron in terms of building a franchise around him. and for a little higher reaches, giannis and jabari are looking good in milwaukee if we are taking our sweet time and not worried about players leaving down the road.
i see your point on cousins and drummond potentially.
It's tough with the age in the mix. You'd have to seriously consider Anthony Davis because A) he is a bigman b) he plays well on both sides of the ball c) he is what 5 years younger than Durant
all that being said it's hard not to pick Lebron knowing you have like a 5 year window with him at least. Then Durant knowing he is clearly the closest competition to Lebron as top guy.
Im not sure you can take Cousins or Drummond top 10 or close. Cousins much more likely though. If you were picking in the top 10 you have to think you have a title shot because the depth of superstars.
It's real tough. Depends on if you want to sacrifice a few years on the beginning for a potential 8-10 year run or you want a 4-5 year run right away. It's tough and everyone will have different answers.
3. Lebron (will be hittin 30 soon enough)
4. Huge dropoff here, Melo/Harden/Griffin/Paul/Love/Aldridge all in the mix. Might even roll the dice and go with Giannis or Wiggins.
Starting a franchise today you have to go Durant. Not even really a debate in my mind.
It becomes a debate with A. Davis because he is still on his $5 million rookie salary and you have multiple locked up years where you just have to pay him max and you get him as a restricted free agent.
If you've watched the US play this summer, Davis has been a huge difference maker. We are getting very close to the point where the US might be up by 20 on some team, but if Davis switched jersies and the game started over you might put your money on the other team. That is how good he has been this summer.
1. Anthony Davis
Davis is the future of the NBA. He reminds us of Tim Duncan, while showing his own flare. I don't like how his current team is constructed, but if I were making a team, Anthony Davis would be my first pick. Sorry Kevin Durant, you are a great player, but I see Davis as a better building block.
2. Kevin Durant
Durant is the most likely of all choices to go number one, but I have a mindset of drafting a big man first. If I was to pick Durant, he would most definately need to play the 4. His stretch ability rivals Dirk.
3. Andre Drummond
Drummond is no longer the project pick. He is now a fully dominate big man who thrives in his role as a defender and rebounder. Everyone sees him as the next Dwight Howard, but I can see him blazing his own trail. His offense isn't where Howard's is, but he will be coached by Howard's old coach.
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis is by far my favorite player to watch. He is crazy athletic, and really young. If you watch him, he travels half the time and is never called for it. His feet move to fast for the referees to see him. Other than that, Giannis is 6'11" with a 7'4" wingspan. He is lean and the perfect moldable player in the NBA to start a franchise with.
5. Rajon Rondo
This is a personal pick. I love Rondo's game. There is no point guard like him. He runs the point with such fluidity, unmatched in his ability to see a perfect spot to pass. He is a big time player, as we saw in the play offs a few years ago. While Rondo is getting old, his skill is not fading.