Ranking the Top 10 NBA Stars to Build a Franchise Around Entering 2013-14

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Ranking the Top 10 NBA Stars to Build a Franchise Around Entering 2013-14
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If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be?

That question was posed to all 30 NBA general managers in the annual GM survey at NBA.com, and the answers were familiar ones. LeBron James received 89.7 percent of the votes, and Kevin Durant received 6.9 percent. One bold soul gave Kyrie Irving a nod.

For the sake of this exercise, we'll assume all players would sign their next contract with the team that selected them. Factoring in age, salary and injury history, who would be the best players to build a franchise around?

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