Every NBA Team's Face of the Franchise
Each and every team has a face of the franchise, a player that, when somebody thinks of a team, they think of that player on that team. so it got me thinking: what are all the faces of the Franchise for every NBA team? I decided to put myself to the challenge. so here we go: Every NBA Team's Face of the Franchise.
Hawks: Joe Johnson
Josh Smith could be a choice, but Joe Johnson is the face of the franchise-for now. Johnson could be leaving Atlanta soon, in which then it would become Josh Smith. but for now, Johnson is my choice.
Celtics: Kevin Garnett
I really want to say Paul Pierce, but it's pretty obvious who the man in Boston is. KG came over in a trade with Minnesota, and won his first championship with the C's. despite missing the Playoffs this year, Garnett is ready to lead this team once again.
Bobcats: Gerald Wallace
we should be saying Emeka Okafor, until EO50 got traded to my Hornets (thx, Charlotte) for a lesser known player in Tyson Chandler. with Raymond Felton likely on his way out, Wallace is the sensible choice here. hopefully the Cats can get a new face in, say, 2011?
Bulls: Derrick Rose
It's amazing to think a 2nd year PG is the face of the Chicago Bulls. yet, here we are, with Mr. Derrick Rose, who is the unquestioned face of this team. Rose likely will be that face for awhile.
Cavaliers: LeBron James
Any explanation here? any? let's move on.
Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki
This one was a toughy between Nowitzki and Jason Kidd, but I'm going to give it to Nowitzki, just because it was a long time before Kidd came back and Nowitzki has been that face for a long time.
Nuggets: Carmelo Anthony
Another toughty between 'Melo and Chauncey Billups, but in the long run, Anthony is going to be the face of the Nuggets franchise, and he has a long career ahead of him.
Pistons: Richard Hamilton
Ben Gordon might be the face down the road, but Rip has been that face with Rasheed Wallace for several years, I'm not going to give the title of Face of the Franchise to Gordon until he actualyl does something halfway decent for Detroit.
Warriors: Stephen Jackson
Jackson is a great 2-guard, and is the unquestioned in my mind face of the Warriors franchise. Corey Maggete, Andris Biedrins, Monta Ellis? all solid players, but nothing spectacular. Jackson has that All-Star quality that gives him this spot.
Rockets: Yao Ming
If his foot injuries continue to plague him, this isn't going to be the face of the franchise for long. Tracy McGrady is good, but Yao has been the face for a long time. I'll give to a great, albeit injured, Yao.
Pacers: Danny Granger
used to be Jermaine O'Neal, but that's awhile ago. Now, the Young Gun Granger is the man in Indiana (well, actually, it's Peyton Manning,b ut we won't get into that). T.J. Ford is a nice complement, but he isn't the star that Granger can be, and likely will become.
Clippers: Baron Davis
ah yes, the man we all love to hate (Hornets fans anyways) Yes, Davis is the man in Clippers town, but for how long? This spot is more than likely going to be taken by Blake Griffin soon enough.
Lakers: Kobe Bryant
On a side note, it took me 12 stinkin' pages before I found a Kobe picture in an actual game.
Grizzlies: Rudy Gay
Gay (HA HA!) is a superstar in the making for Memphis. In the Kevin Durant/Danny Granger mold, Gay is the unquestioned leader of this Memphis team. If Gay gets unhappy, and leaves town, expect O.J. Mayo (HA HA!) to become the man in Memphis.
Heat: Dwayne Wade
Wade is a superstar. case closed. nobody on the Heat's team is even close to taking the Superstar tag away from D-Wade, this is his team.
Bucks: Michael Redd
Is it Andrew Bogut? not in my mind, for now, it's Redd, who has been the man in Milwaukee since his 2nd year in the league. Redd could be leaving town next year, but for now, Milwaukee's face is Michael Redd.
Timberwolves: Al Jefferson
T-Wolves fans miss the days of when they could call KG this man for them. but a new era has dawned, the Era of Al Jefferson. and to be honest, I don't think it's too much of a downgrade. Jefferson has the opportunity to be the face of this Minnesota team for a lot longer than KG was going to be at the time of the trade, I think Wolves fans are content with their superstar.
Nets: Devin Harris
See: T-Wolves section, except insert Jason Kidd. that's what you get with the Nets. they traded a better, albeit much older player for a younger, less talented at the time player. Now, Harris has become a star in the making. I doubt Nets fans are losing too much sleep over the trade now.
Hornets: Chris Paul
Knicks: David Lee
Yes, I know he's not likely to remain in NYC for long, but what else do they got? Nate Robinson? Wilson Chandler? Lee is the best they're gonna get.
Thunder: Kevin Durant
Durant is going to be the face of this team for as long as he will stay there. There is no question about it. he is the man in OKC.
Magic: Dwight Howard
Howard has been a solid, consistent player in Orlando since he was drafted in 2004, but it wasn't until this year that he finally emerged as a star. Now, 1 NBA Finals appearance later, Howard and the Magic are ready to try again.
76ers: Andre Iguodala
There's a new A.I. in town. Iguodala has been a consistent playmaker, able to make shots when it counts. "The Other A.I." will keep Sixers fans minds off of the soap opera known as Iverson.
Suns: Amare Stoudemire
Amazing how the Suns feel a superstar can be traded for crap. Amare is the face of this franchise, and rightfully so, the only reason he's always in trade talks is because of poor Suns management.
Blazers: Brandon Roy
Roy has been the leader of this Blazers team since he came to Portland in '06, and with the new extension, it's ensured he'll remain in that role for a long time.
Kings: Kevin Martin
ok, so the kings have Kevin martin, and......and....uh, who? pretty clear cut choice here.
Spurs: Tim Duncan
Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are a good supporting cast, but Duncan is the true leader of this team, and has been since he was drafted. He'll retire a Spur.
Raptors: Chris Bosh
it used to be Chris Bosh and crap in Toronto. now they have Hedo Turkoglu and Jose Calderon to back up CB4, but Bosh is still the unquestioned face of this franchise.
Jazz: Deron Williams
is it just me, or are the Jazz and Hornets very similar? All-Star PG's, questions at 2-guard, overpriced 3's, solid complements at PF in Boozer and West....the only thing different is New Orleans has a halfway-decent Center. oh, and they both drafted PG's this year. too many coincidences.
oh, I forgot, NEXT!
Wizards: Gilbert Arenas
yes, he's been injury prone the past couple of years, but he is still the face of the Wizards franchise, and, when healthy, is a Top 5 PG in the league. Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison are good,b ut Arenas is great at the top of his game.
well, that's the end. comments? questions? send me a message or post in the comment box.