Tuesday , Jan , 04 , 2011 J.N.

Definition of a Franchise Player

Lately, I’ve been hearing that the “Franchise Player” concept is dead in the NBA. There is no such thing as a franchise player. There are super teams instead. I’m here to tell all of you that you’re wrong – dead wrong. The way teams are built in this league calls for a franchise player. The player is usually extremely talented and skilled with an ability to get numbers.There are only 12 or so players on team. One player can make a huge difference. I’ll explain why this concept will not die.

Let’s start off simple: What is a franchise player?

He’s usually the cornerstone of the organization and most likely was highly scouted during college. The player is taken high in the draft; as high as number one. Picking number one does not guarantee this type of player because they can be a bust, but that is a different subject. The player makes an impact right away most of the time, but sometimes they take time (see Kobe Bryant). He becomes the best statistical player on the team. I had to make a list of criteria because not everyone can decisively determine the best such as in South Beach with Wade and LeBron.

How does one determine the franchise player?
1) He maintains the highest efficiency rating on the team, which is usually above 20.
2) Player leads the team in some categories such as points, rebounds, assists, etc.
3) He is consistent averaging 65 games per regular season and most of the playoffs.
4) The player plays a lot averaging 35 minutes.
5) He already has some notoriety.
6) The organization selected the player with the intent to build the team around him (sooner or later).
7) Player faces double teams when he has the ball.

Any noob can determine the de facto player with this list. The tricky part is the Miami situation. They arguably have 3 franchise players on the team. By using my list, one will strike out Chris Bosh because he does not have the highest efficiency statistic and does not lead the team in many categories. Miami also did not build the team around him. That leaves only Wade and LeBron fighting that out. James has the highest efficiency, but the team was built around Wade. Dwyane has more notoriety because he won a title and Finals MVP. LeBron has 2 MVP trophies, but that does not matter compared to a championship ring. Both players are consistent. Both players average 35+ minutes per contest. Both players have a 20+ efficiency rating. Wade got him in field goal percentage, steals, and blocks. James has him in points, rebounds, and assists. It’s too close to call. LeBron has the slight edge in numbers, but the gap is too small.

This is dead even. Make your own conclusions.

The player does not have to be an All Star like Minnesota’s Kevin Love, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge, and Golden State’s Monta Ellis. This is stated because not everyone makes the All Star squads. The player just has to fulfill most of the criteria. This eliminates a lot of bias because fans have favorite players. Some fans love Brian Scalabrine more than Blake Griffin, which is fine. Again, my list eliminates this type of bias since it mostly sticks with the numbers.  

This has been a message from your over lord. The list is a work in progress. Carry on.

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