David Stern has discussed instituting an NFL-like franchise tag as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, which would allow teams to keep their star players and avoid a gathering of top players in a few select cities.
So, which player would your team keep?
For some teams, it's obvious. Oklahoma City would want Kevin Durant locked up and Orlando would franchise Dwight Howard.
For others, it's not so simple. Who's the best player on the Houston Rockets, for instance? What about the Golden State Warriors? The Detroit Pistons?
The logic is as follows. Suppose you are the owner of the team in question and you have to lock up one player for the 2010-2011 season—and perhaps beyond. Who would you choose? This poses an interesting question, particularly for aging teams such as the San Antonio Spurs.
Naturally, LeBron James is better than say, Rudy Gay. Following is the rankings of the franchise player of each NBA team.