A Look at Each NBA Team's Franchise Centerpiece (Updated)

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A Look at Each NBA Team's Franchise Centerpiece (Updated)
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The centerpiece of an NBA franchise is either the team's best player or their hope for the future (or perhaps both). Being able to call the centerpiece of your franchise an "alpha dog" who could lead your team to a championship in any given year is what every front office strives to achieve.

Although most teams in the NBA don't have that luxury, if the front office of each franchise builds around their centerpiece in the correct way, they could also compete for the Larry O'Brien Trophy at season's end.

Here's an in-depth look at every NBA team's franchise centerpiece with what we'll call the "Alpha Dog Test." In a nutshell, I'll decide whether or not an NBA franchise could win a title with said player as their franchise centerpiece.


Update: The article has been edited to reflect the blockbuster Dwight Howard trade. Slides for the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers have been changed.

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