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

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7 NBA Teams Still Looking for a Franchise Star to Build Around
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

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.

While a franchise player is difficult to define, statistics 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 teams, two were the 1989 and 1990 Detroit Pistons, who were led by Isiah Thomas—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 that's being generous.

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. Then others, such as the Charlotte Bobcats, are so young that it's hard to tell whether they have both or neither.

There are seven playoff-caliber teams without a franchise player. These teams should, if the opportunity arises, consider revamping the roster to incorporate a new franchise player. They are ranked here according to their present strength.

For each team I'll identify why their current stars are not franchise players and the best trade chips to acquire one. The trade chips are players you could build a package around, not players who could yield a return of a franchise player by themselves.

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