Ranking the Best NBA Franchise Building Blocks

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Ranking the Best NBA Franchise Building Blocks
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Indulge me for a moment: Pretend we live in an alternate universe where the NBA slate has been wiped clean and you've been presented with the opportunity to start a franchise from scratch. 

Questions abound, but there's one that trumps all others: With every player on the board, whom will you select to be the face of your franchise?

That's the question we've attempted to answer here, taking several key factors into account. 

The most important criteria included age, upside, injury history and the feasibility that a player could act as the face of a franchise. For those reasons, you'll notice names like Kobe Bryant (age), Derrick Rose (injury history) and Dwight Howard (can he really be the face of your franchise?) were all omitted from this list. 

In addition, it's important to point out that preferential treatment was given to players who have demonstrated elite two-way capabilities. 

With those ground rules established, let's take a look at the best franchise building blocks the Association has to offer.  


All statistics current as of Friday, Feb. 7, and were retrieved from Basketball Reference or NBA.com unless noted otherwise. 

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