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Top Choices to Build an NBA Franchise Around from Scratch
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What if David Stern decided that the NBA wasn't enough fun right now, so he blew up the league fantasy-draft style? 

LeBron James is no longer on the Miami Heat. LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love are still dominant power forwards, but they're not tied to the Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves anymore. Kobe Bryant isn't even on the Los Angeles Lakers, blasphemous as that may be. 

After finalizing his decision as a going-away present to the league he's led for so long, Stern hands you the keys to one of the 30 franchises and lets you take the first pick of the ensuing draft. But with one twist!

NBA players aren't the only ones who are eligible. If you so desire, you can even steal someone from college basketball or an international team. No questions asked. 

That's right. You get to build your team around any player in the world.

But you're smart. You want to cover all of your bases, so even though you're pretty dead set on taking a certain player, you still decide to come up with a big board of the top 15 choices. 

That's where I come in. 

I don't want you to do any more work, so I've got you covered with the big board.

You can thank me later, because I'm thinking about everything. 

I'm accounting for potentially detrimental personalities, which push guys like Dwight Howard and DeMarcus Cousins down quite a bit. Injury history matters, which is why you won't even want to think about selecting someone like Derrick Rose now that he's coming off not one, but two major knee injuries.

And, of course, skill and age are both taken into account, as it's more beneficial to build around a younger player with upside than an older one who is already set in his ways. 

 

Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, come from Basketball-Reference and are current as of Dec. 12. 

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