Each NBA Team's Franchise Centerpiece Entering 2014-15 Season

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Each NBA Team's Franchise Centerpiece Entering 2014-15 Season
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It's not always easy to figure out which player stands out from the crowd in discussions about an NBA team's centerpiece. 

Some selections are obvious. 

Anthony Davis is quite clearly the building block for the New Orleans Pelicans, while Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry fill the role for the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors, respectively. If you were looking for a spoiler alert, my apologies, but you really shouldn't need one for those three teams. 

Other choices, though, are significantly more difficult. 

Is it Ty Lawson or Kenneth Faried for the Denver Nuggets? James Harden or Dwight Howard on the Houston Rockets? Giannis Antetokounmpo or Jabari Parker for the Milwaukee Bucks? 

Regardless of the ease or difficulty of the process, the featured players are the ones who their franchise should be building around. They're the established or up-and-coming talents who serve as the fulcrums for their teams, even if they aren't necessarily the best players. In many cases, they are the top talents on the roster. 

Just not always. 

 

Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, come from Basketball-Reference.com.

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