Who is really a franchise player? There are alot of players who are the best on their team, but that does not make them a franchise player.
For example, Kevin Martin is the best player on the Kings, but can he really be considered a franchise player?
I believe the definition of a franchise player is a player who is so good that he can be considered the cornerstone of the organization.
In other words, he can be the best player on the team and the team can actually expect to be good. Case in point: Michael Redd has been the best player on the Bucks for the past few years and the team hasn't been any good.
Because although Redd is a darn good player, he isn't a franchise player. Franchise players make their teams good even if they have mediocre talent around them.
Here are four separate lists that illustrate what I am getting at. The first list are the players who I think are currently franchise players. The second list is of players who were believed to be franchise players by their teams but were actually better off being the second or third option. The third list is of players who were franchise players but are better off now being the second or third option. And finally, the fourth list is of players who are believed to be franchise players but need time to prove if they are or not.
Players who have never been considered franchise players at any point in their career will not be on any list. This does not mean they are not very good players. It just means they do not qualify based on my defenition of "franchise player".
Some examples would be Richard Jefferson, Manu Ginobli, David West, Caron Butler, Carlos Boozer, Richard Hamilton, Ron Artest and Shawn Marion.
CURRENT FRANCHISE PLAYERS
Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudamire, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Steve Nash, Carmelo Anthony, Yao Ming, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwayne Wade
BETTER OFF BEING SECOND OR THIRD
Paul Pierce, Michael Redd, Joe Johnson, Baron Davis, Ray Allen, Elton Brand, Emeka Okafur, Rasheed Wallace, Steve Francis, Stephon Marbury, Pau Gasol, Grant Hill, Vince Carter, Gilbert Arenas, Zach Randolph
THESE PLAYERS WERE FRANCHISE PLAYERS BUT ARE NOW BETTER OFF BEING SECOND OR THIRD
Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Tracy McGrady, Jason Kidd, Jermaine O'Neal, Alonzo Mourning
THE JURY IS STILL OUT
Kevin Durant, Greg Oden, Derrick Rose, Al Jefferson, O.J. Mayo, Michael Beasley