Each NBA franchise has had several exceptionally talented basketball players pass through its locker room, though only one stands above the rest as the greatest player in the history of the franchise.
For some teams, like the Lakers and Celtics, there are several legends who must be considered for the prestigious title of "Greatest Player in the History of the Franchise," while younger teams like the Memphis Grizzlies and Charlotte Bobcats have less of a history and a smaller talent pool to draw upon.
Inherent in determining a team's greatest player is the challenge of comparing athletes from different generations. Should we evaluate players based upon the competition they faced or project how athletes from previous generations would stack up against the bigger, faster and more athletic players of today?
I weighed players' productivity based on the era they played in, as well as their longevity with the team. I also considered the players' contribution to the team's success, as well as their individual numbers and accolades.
Here are the best players in the history of each NBA franchise.