NBA's 10 Most Valuable Players for Every Franchise Using New Formula

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 13, 2011

NBA's 10 Most Valuable Players for Every Franchise Using New Formula

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    I love basketball, and I love those "Who is the Greatest (fill in the blank)?" conversations. I recently had a conversation about the greatest or most valuable Chicago Bulls in franchise history.

    It inspired me to create a formula to determine or at least direct fans in gauging the value of a player's career with each team they've played for.

    I call it the Franchise Player Value Rating (FPVR). There are several formulas that gauge the overall greatness of a player, but I hadn't seen one that individualized it according to organization.

    The FPVR not only takes into consideration a player's individual statistics, it awards team success and tenure.

    To give an example, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played for two teams, the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. The formula gauges his franchise value to the Bucks organization and then his value to the Lakers franchise.

    Here is another bit of clarification with an example. Dennis Rodman played three seasons with the Bulls, won three championships, had great rebounding numbers, etc. Horace Grant played seven seasons, won three rings, had good rebounding stats, etc.

    Who would have the highest FPVR? Without giving away the totals to be revealed in the body of this piece, it would be Grant.

    Why? Grant had four years more tenure and won the same amount of rings, and the rebounding advantage is not significant enough to overtake the scoring edge and extra points Grant gains for being a Bull four years longer.

    In this formula, there really is no opinion involved beyond how efficient you believe the rating system is. The numbers are what they are. There are some weaknesses, though.

    It especially affects players from the era of the NBA and ABA (pre-1973), when blocks and steals weren't kept.

    Also, a few awards that the FPVR gives points for weren't given until 1982 (sixth man, etc).

    This is somewhat balanced by the smaller leagues of the previous era that allowed more playoff appearances, which also gains FPVR points. It seems things balance out, as I feel good about the top-10 rankings for each franchise.

    Here is how the formula breaks down:

    All stats have to be accumulated with the team in question
    • Years of Service: 3 points
    • Scoring Average: Face value (31 points per game equals 31 points)
    • Rebounding Average: Face value
    • Assists Average: Face value
    • Steals Average: Face value (Stats for steals not kept until 1973-1974 season)
    • Blocks Average: Face value (Stats for blocks not kept until 1972-1974 season)
    • Championship Rings: 3 points
    • Playoff Appearances: 1 point
    • Conference Finals Appearances: 1.5 points
    • NBA Finals Appearances: 2 points
    • NBA All-Star Appearances: 5 points
    • NBA All-Star Game MVP: 0.5 points
    • NBA MVP Awards: 10 points
    • NBA Finals MVP: 10 points
    • All-NBA 1st Team: 8 points; 2nd Team: 5 points; 3rd Team: 3 points
    • Rookie of the Year: 3 points
    • Defensive Player of the Year: 3 points (Award not created until 1982-83 season)
    • Sixth Man of the Year: 3 points (Award not created until 1982-83 season)
    • All-Defensive 1st Team: 2 points; 2nd Team: 1 point; 3rd Team: 0.5 points

    NBA players whose career spanned pre-1972 were given an automatic one point for steals and one point for blocks. It isn't precise, but it is the most fair way to approach the category.

Atlanta Hawks (Tri-Cities Blackhawks, Milwaukee Hawks & St. Louis Hawks)

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    1. Bob Petit 277.6 (1955-1965)—One of the premier big men of the 1950s and '60s. Petit led the Hawks to an NBA title in 1958. He played in 11 All-Star games (all consecutive) and won Rookie of the Year and two league MVPs. He played all 11 of his NBA seasons with the Hawks and is the Hawks' all-time leader in rebounds.

    2. Dominique Wilkins 160.97 (1983-1994)—The "Human-Highlight Reel" could score and dunk with the best of them. 'Nique is the franchise's all-time leader in points. He played 12 seasons in Atlanta and went to nine All-Star games. He was All-NBA seven times. He never reached an NBA Finals, thus he is second.

    3. Cliff Hagan 127.9 (1957-1966)

    4. Lou Hudson 111 (1967-1977)

    5. Bill Bridges 95.3 (1963-1972)

    6. Lenny Wilkens 93.4 (1961-1968)

    7. Dikembe Mutombo 91 (1997-2001)—The fact that Mutombo makes this list in only five seasons of work with the Hawks organization shows just how good he was for them. He won consecutive Defensive Player of the Year awards, played in four All-Star games and was All-NBA twice.

    8. Dan Roundfield 84.3 (1979-1984) 

    9. *Joe Johnson 82.1 (2006-Present)—Johnson could feasibly move up to fifth on this list if he keeps his current pace and the team goes to the postseason three more times. He also needs to continue to represent the Hawks in the All-Star game.

    10. Zelmo Beaty 77.6 (1962-1969)

    * Player is still active with the team

Boston Celtics

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    1. Bill Russell 350.9 (1957-1969)—Russell is perhaps the greatest winner in the history of team sports. He is the basketball equivalent of the Lord of the Rings: 11 NBA championships, 12-time NBA All-Star, five-time league MVP and 11-time All-NBA selection. If that is not enough, he averaged 15.2 points and 22.5 rebounds per game in his exclusive Celtics career. Bow down.

    2. Larry Bird 318.6 (1980-1992)—Larry Legend is the Celtics' second all-time leading scorer. He won three championship rings and three MVP awards, was elected to 12 All-Star games, won Rookie of the Year, was a 10-time All-NBA player, and had nine first-team All-NBA selections and one NBA Finals MVP award. Quite possibly the greatest small forward in history.

    3. John Havlicek 307.9 (1963-1978)"Hondo" is the Celtics all-time leading scorer, and he spent most of his time as a sixth man. Havlicek revolutionized the role. If the award had been given out when he played, he could very well be ahead of Bird. He was a 13-time All-Star, 11 time All-NBA and eight-time All-Defense. He won one NBA Finals MVP, but no league MVP awards hold him back. He won eight championship rings and is the longest-tenured Celtic with 16 years of service.

    4. Bob Cousy 296.8 (1951-1963)—Cousy is the original pure point guard. The Celtics all-time leader in assists won six championship rings, was All-NBA 12 times, was 10 times All-NBA first team and won one league MVP. He was the floor general for many of the great Celtic teams in the 1950s and '60s.

    5. Bill Sharman 188.5 (1952-1961)

    6. Sam Jones 185.1 (1958-1969) 

    7. Tom Heinsohn 175.9 (1957-1965)

    8. Kevin McHale 168.5 (1981-1993)

    9. Robert Parish 167.5 (1981-1994)

    10. Dave Cowens 162.6 (1971-1980)

Charlotte Bobcats

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    1. Gerald Wallace 58 (2005-2011)—"Crash" is the greatest player in the team's short history. He has moved on to Portland, but he was the most consistent performer for bad to decent teams. Wallace is the franchise's all-time leading scorer and only All-Star. He made the team in 2010, when he was also an All-Defensive team selection. 

    2. Emeka Okafor 46.1 (2005-2009)

    3. Raymond Felton 40.9 (2006-2010)

    4. *Boris Diaw 33.4 (2009-Present)

    5. Brevin Knight 32.9 (2005-2007)

    6. *Matt Carroll 29.9 (2005-Present)

    7. Primoz Brezec 28.7 (2005-2008)

    8. *DJ Augustin 27.5 (2009-Present)

    9. Nazt Mohammed 26.1 (2008-2011)

    10. Sean May 24.7 (2006-2009)

    * Player is still active with the team

Chicago Bulls

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    1. Michael Jordan 430.97 (1985-1993, 1995-1998)—Everyone had to know MJ would be No. 1. What still never ceases to amaze me is when I really sit down and absorb just how great Jordan was.

    When you see the other players' FPVR, it properly puts into perspective Jordan's value to the franchise. The six titles, five MVP awards, six NBA Finals MVP awards and the 31.5-points-per-game scoring average are what makes Michael the greatest Bull by a landslide. The greatest of all time.

    2. Scottie Pippen 213.2 (1988-1998, 2003)—Almost as obvious as No. 1 is Pippen at No. 2. He and Jordan were the only Bulls on all six championship teams, and that was huge in the FPVR. Also, Scottie tallied eight All-Defensive teams and seven NBA All-Star and All-NBA selections.

    As great as he was, his FPVR is appropriately about half of Jordan's total.

    3. *Derrick Rose 104.3 (2009-Present)—Here is where it could get challenging for some. I can hear people screaming, "How after three seasons is he the third-greatest Bull of all-time?" Well, three years is the minimum for consideration, and regular season MVP awards are valued highly in the FPVR system.

    Rose is also a 21-point-per-game scorer so far in his career, a two-time All-Star, and he won a Rookie of the Year award. He has also been on a team that reached the Conference Finals. When its all said and done, if he doesn't get injured, he may just pass Pippen on this list.

    4. Bob Love 95 (1969-1977)

    5. Jerry Sloan 88.4 (1967-1976)

    6. Norm Van Lier 84.3 (1972-1978)

    7. Horace Grant 80.3 (1988-1994)

    8. Artis Gilmore 79.5 (1977-1982, 1988)

    9. Chet Walker 76.8 (1970-1975)

    10. Toni Kukoc 73.2 (1994-2000)

    * Player is still active with the team

Cleveland Cavaliers

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    1. LeBron James 185.4 (2004-2010)—"King James" may forever be the King of Cavalier basketball. The gap between him and the next former Cav, let alone an active or future franchise member, is huge. Though he is now almost universally hated throughout the city, he was beyond valuable to the franchise. Two league MVPs, no championship rings (of course), but he is the all-time leader in points and steals and is second in assists. He was a six-time All-Star, Rookie of the Year, six-time All-NBA, and three-time All-Defense member. 

    2. Mark Price 100.4 (1987-1995)—Price is the highest-ranked former Cav still beloved in the city. Price is the Cavs all-time leader in assists. His attempts at a championship were thwarted by Michael Jordan, like so many good-to-great players in the 1990s. Price was a four-time All-Star and All-NBA selection.

    3. Brad Daugherty 92.2 (1987-1994)

    4. Zydrunas Ilgauskas 81.7 (1998-2010

    5. Larry Nance 72.3 (1988-1994)

    6. Austin Carr 59.6 (1972-1980)

    7. John "Hot Rod" Williams 59.2 (1987-1995)

    8. Campy Russell 55.6 (1974-1980, 1985)

    9. Terrell Brandon 55.4 (1992-1997)

    10. Bingo Smith 54.9 (1971-1980)

Dallas Mavericks

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    1. *Dirk Nowitzki 227.3 (1999-Present)—Dirk has exorcised his postseason demons, capturing his first NBA championship. He is the Mavs all-time leading scorer and rebounder. He has also made more three pointers than any other player in team history. He is the only player to hold that distinction for any franchise. He has won one NBA MVP and one NBA Finals MVP and is a 10-time NBA All-Star. Throw in 11 All-NBA selections and 13 years in the uniform (most in franchise history), and you have the greatest Maverick by a wide margin.

    2. Rolando Blackman 86.6 (1982-1992)—Perhaps the most underrated player in franchise history. Blackman could flat out score. He is second in scoring all-time and was a four-time All-Star.

    3. Mark Aguirre 80.8 (1982-1989)—The man in Dallas in the 1980s, Aguirre averaged at least 21 points per game in seven of his eight seasons in Dallas. He was elected to three All-Star games, but he had little team success, thus Blackman is ahead of him.

    4. Michael Finley 73.9 (1997-2005)

    5. *Jason Kidd 72.1 (1994-1997, 2007-Present)

    6. Derek Harper 70.6 (1984-1997)

    7. Steve Nash 65.2 (1999-2004)

    8. *Jason Terry 65 (2005-2011)

    9. Josh Howard 60.2 (2004-2010)

    10. Brad Davis 59.1 (1981-1992)

     * Player is still active with the team

Denver Nuggets (Denver Nuggets-ABA, Denver Rockets)

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    1. Alex English 136 (1980-1990)—"The Blade" was the longest-tenured Nugget with 11 years in uniform. He was selected to eight All-Star games and is the franchise's leading scorer. He was three-time All-NBA, and he was the title character in one of my all-time favorite sports movies, Amazing Grace and Chuck.

    2. David Thompson 107.8 (1976-1982)—One of the greatest leapers and dunkers in the history of the NBA, Thompson was a dynamic scorer, as well. He won the ABA Rookie of the Year and was selected to five All-Star Games. Were it not for a substance abuse problem and injury, he'd likely be No. 1 on this list.

    3. Ralph Simpson 104.3 (1971-1978)

    4. Carmelo Anthony 102.3 (2004-2011)—Melo was easily on his way to greatest Nugget status, but the Rocky Mountains were never made for Anthony. In his time in Denver, he was selected to four All-Star games, was All-NBA four times and never averaged fewer than 20.8 points per game in seven seasons.

    5. Dan Issel 94.5 (1976-1985)

    6. Larry Jones 90.7 (1968-1970)

    7. Bobby Jones 79 (1975-1978)

    8. Lafayette "Fat" Lever 76.4 (1985-1990) 

    9. Byron Beck 76.3 (1968-1977)

    10. Dikembe Mutombo 66.9 (1992-1996)

Detroit Pistons (Fort Wayne Pistons)

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    1. Isiah Thomas 206.6 (1982-1994)—"Zeke" could have sacrificed team goals and put up much gaudier scoring totals, but he probably wouldn't have the two rings he has. Thomas was one of the greatest of all time and perhaps the best player under 6-foot-3 in history. He was selected to 12 All-Star games, five All-NBA teams and won one NBA Finals MVP.  

    2. Joe Dumars 155.3 (1986-1999)—Before he was the much-maligned VP of Basketball Operations for the team, he was the backcourt mate to Thomas on two championship teams. He was a deadly scorer and great defender. Dumars is the longest-tenured Piston with 14 years in uniform. He was selected to six All-Star games, three All-NBA teams, five All-Defensive teams (four first team) and won a NBA Finals MVP.

    3. *Ben Wallace 129.4 (2000-2006, 2009-Present)—"Big Ben" should never have left the Pistons. His ill-fated stints in Chicago and Cleveland proved unsuccessful for him and the Pistons franchise. In his first stint, Wallace was the most dominant defensive force in the NBA. He played in four All-Star games, was a five-time All-NBA selection, five-time All-Defense and won four Defensive Player of the Year awards in a five-year span.

    4. Dave Bing 116.7 (1967-1975)

    5. Grant Hill 115.8 (1995-2000)—What could have been? Grant Hill left Detroit for Orlando in 2000. He spent most of the next five seasons shelved with a bad ankle he injured while still a Piston. Orlando never got the guy the Pistons enjoyed. He was a five-time All-Star, Rookie of the Year and five-time All-NBA selection. Along with Penny Hardaway, Hill is the biggest "what if" of the 2000s.

    6. Bill Laimbeer 114.7 (1982-1994)

    7. Bob Lanier 109.5 (1971-1980)

    8. Larry Foust 109.3 (1951-1957)

    9. Chauncey Billups 105.9 (2003-2009)—CB4 found a home in Detroit. After bouncing around early in his career, his game matured and he became one of this era's most solid floor generals and clutch performers. Billups played in five All-Star games, was All-NBA three times and All-Defense twice. He won NBA Finals MVP and an NBA Championship in 2004.

    10. George Yardley 101.5 (1954-1959)

     * Player is still active with the team

Golden State Warriors (San Francisco Warriors, Philadelphia Warriors)

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    1. Wilt Chamberlain 186.6 (1960-1965)—"The Big Dipper" was the most dominant force in history, but basketball is a team game and he only won two championships—none with the Warriors. Still, he is the franchise's all-time leader in scoring in only six seasons. He is second in rebounding by less than 2,000 boards, and the only player ahead of him (Nate Thurmond) played five more seasons than Wilt did.

    Chamberlain was an All-Star and an All-NBA selection every year as a Warrior. He won the Rookie of the Year, All-Star game MVP and league MVP in the same season. He averaged 41.5 points and 25.1 rebounds per game as a Warrior.

    2. Rick Barry 180.5 (1965-1967, 1972-1978)—Rick Barry was able to lead the Warrior franchise to an NBA championship in 1975. He is the Warriors' second all-time scorer. He won Rookie of the Year in 1966 and MVP of the Finals in 1975. Barry was a 10-time All-ABA or NBA selection. He left the then San Francisco Warriors in 1967 to go to the ABA but returned in 1972. Had it not been for that four-year hiatus, he would be No. 1. 

    3. Paul Arizin 164.2 (1951-1962)

    4. Neil Johnston 138.2 (1952-1959)

    5. Nate Thurmond 130 (1964-1974)

    6. Chris Mullin 120.4 (1986-1997, 2001)—The recent Hall of Fame inductee was the premier Warrior in the 1980s and '90s. He was selected to five All-Star games and was a four-time All-NBA selection. He is the longest-tenured Warrior, with two stints totaling 13 seasons in Oakland.

    7. Joe Fulks 103.9 (1947-1954)

    8. Jeff Mullins 95.6 (1967-1976)

    9. Tom Gola 87.2 (1956-1963)

    10.(tie) Tim Hardaway 77.7 (1990-1996)

    10.(tie) Guy Rodgers 77.7 (1959-1966)

Houston Rockets (San Diego Rockets)

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    1. Hakeem Olajuwon 306.35 (1985-2001)—The "Dream" dominates Rockets history like almost no other player for any other franchise. He is the team's all-time leader in scoring, rebounding, blocks, steals and years of service. He spent 17 years in a Rockets uniform, played in 12 All-Star games, won one league MVP, and two consecutive NBA Finals MVPs when the Rockets won back to back while Michael Jordan was retired and semi-retired.

    He was also a two-time Defensive Player of the Year. He had 12 All-NBA selections and nine All-Defensive selections. He was easily the best center of his era.

    2. Moses Malone 142.5 (1977-1982)—Moses was another of the great Rocket big men. He came over to the Rockets from the Buffalo Braves, for whom he played two games after coming from the ABA. Malone was a dominant scorer and rebounder, and he was an All-Star in five of the six seasons he spent in Houston. He won two MVPs with the Rockets, the last coming in 1982. Despite that, the Rockets traded Malone to the Philadelphia 76ers, whom he led to the championship.

    3. Yao Ming 119.4 (2003-2011)—Though his career was marred by injury, Yao was one of the most effective centers in the last 10 years. He was elected to eight All-Star games but only played in four due to injury. He was a five-time All-NBA selection. Were it not for injuries, he would have probably ended his career as the second-greatest Rocket according to the FPVR. 

    4. Rudy Tomjanovich 97.5 (1971-1981)

    5. Ralph Sampson 85.3 (1984-1988)

    6. Tracy McGrady 82.2 (2005-2010)

    7. Calvin Murphy 81.4 (1971-1983)

    8. Elvin Hayes 79.7 (1969-1971

    9. Clyde Drexler 72 (1995-1998)

    10. Steve Francis 70.3 (2000-2008)

Indiana Pacers

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    1. Mel Daniels 162.8 (1969-1974)—For everyone saying, "What about Reggie?" allow me to enlighten you on the most underrated and greatest Pacer of all time, according to the FPVR. Daniels led the Pacers of the ABA to three championships in four years. He won Rookie of the Year and two ABA MVP awards. He was also a five-time All-ABA selection (four times first team). He averaged 19.4 points and 16 rebounds in his stellar Pacers career.

    2. Reggie Miller 139.6 (1988-2005)—The most popular Pacer of all time, Miller was nearly as great. An absolute assassin from the beyond the arc, he is second in NBA history in three pointers made. Miller is the franchise leader in points, and second place is almost 13,000 points behind.

    He played all 18 of his NBA seasons with the Pacers, which is also the most in team history. He made five All-Star teams and was three-time All-NBA, but no titles and no MVP awards keeps him second.

    3. Roger Brown 130 (1968-1975) 

    4. George McGinnis 125.6 (1972-1975, 1976-1982)

    5. Jermaine O'Neal 105.9 (2001-2008)

    6. Bob Netolicky 105.7 (1968-1976)

    7. Freddie Lewis 97.9 (1968-1977)

    8. Rik Smits 84.8 (1989-2000)

    9. Billy Knight 77.2 (1975-1983)

    10. Dale Davis 74.7 (1992-2000, 2004)

Los Angeles Clippers (Buffalo Braves, San Diego Clippers)

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    1. Bob McAdoo 109.9 (1973-1977)—McAdoo was one of the NBA's premier scorers in the 1970s. While a member of the Buffalo Braves, McAdoo won three consecutive scoring titles with averages of 30.6, 34.5 and 31.1 points per game, respectively. He was selected to four All-Star games and won Rookie of the Year and an NBA MVP. He is still the only player in franchise history to win the award. 

    2. Randy Smith 73.8 (1972-1983)—Smith is quietly the Clippers all-time leading scorer. He played in two All-Star games and was All-NBA once. 

    3. Elton Brand 73.5 (2002-2008)

    4. Danny Manning 60.9 (1989-1994)

    5. Bob Kauffman 56.9 (1971-1974)

    6. *Chris Kaman 53.2 (2004-Present)

    7. Corey Maggette 50.9 (2001-2008)

    8. Ron Harper 49.3 (1990-1994)

    9. Loy Vaught 49.2 (1991-1998)

    10. Swen Nater 45.9 (1978-1983)

    * Player is still active with the team

Los Angeles Lakers (Minneapolis Lakers)

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    1. *Kobe Bryant 342.3 (1997-Present)—Do you realize how great Kobe is? I mean, really realize? Sitting atop the FPVR of the greatest franchise in the history of the sport at 33 years old.

    Already ahead of Magic, Cap, West and Shaq, too, with at least two years left in the tank at an elite level. He has played all 15 of his seasons in a Laker uniform, most in team history. He has amassed five championship rings, ridiculously only one NBA MVP, but two NBA Finals MVP awards.

    He has even been All-Star Game MVP four times. He is the Lakers all-time leading scorer, played in 12 All-Star games, and is a 13-time All-NBA and 11-time All-Defense member. If you don't know, in the words of Kevin Hart, "You gon learn today."

    2. Magic Johnson 334.6 (1980-1996)—The king of 1980s basketball. Magic won five championship rings and played all 13 of his seasons in a Laker uniform.

    He is, of course, the franchise leader in assists, but surprising to some, the Laker all-time leader in steals, as well. Magic was elected to 12 All-Star games and won three NBA MVP awards and three NBA Finals MVP trophies. He was 10-time All-NBA, including nine straight first-team selections.

    If there was some way to award likability, Magic would have an edge over Kobe—but there isn't. This is about numbers, and Kobe has accomplished just about everything Magic has and more, and he isn't done.

    3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 316.5 (1976-1989)—Cap is like the Frank Robinson of basketball. He arguably had a Hall of Fame career with two different franchises, if you were to separate the seven years he spent with Milwaukee from his 14 years in Los Angeles. Abdul-Jabbar is one of the, if not the most, unstoppable offensive forces in the history of the game. Too often his offense is the only thing that is credited.

    Jabbar was All-Defense seven times with the Lakers. He is the runaway all-time franchise leader in blocked shots as well with 2,694. He won three MVP awards with the Lakers and one NBA Finals MVP. He was a 10-time All-NBA selection and won five championship rings. 

    4. Jerry West 313.5 (1961-1974)—The "Logo" was an awesome all-around player despite primarily being known for his scoring. He averaged 5.8 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game during his 14-year career with the Lakers.

    He is second only to Bryant in scoring, was selected for 14 All-Star games, 11 All-NBA selections, five All-Defensive teams, and one NBA Finals MVP (in defeat), but he had no league MVP awards. If he had just one, he'd be third; two and he'd probably be second. West also only won one NBA championship, thus he is a second-tier Laker.

    5. Elgin Baylor 274.2 (1959-1972)—Baylor spent his entire 14-year career as a Laker. He was one of the most dynamic scorers and rebounders of the 1960s.

    Unfortunately for Baylor, the Celtics dominated the decade, and the Lakers postseasons often ended in losses to Boston. Baylor's last year in the league was 1971-1972, the year the Lakers finished a then record 69-13, but Baylor only played early in the season.

    He retired after only nine games in this historic season. The Lakers started their record 33-game winning streak the next game following his retirement and won the NBA Finals. Baylor did not receive a ring and never won a championship.

    Still, he was an 11-time All-Star, NBA Rookie of the Year, and 10-time All-NBA (all first team) in his great career.

    6. Shaquille O'Neal 232.6 (1997-2004)—Shaq was the most dominant force of his time. He won three consecutive championship rings with the Lakers with Kobe Bryant.

    Shaq was the man on those teams before the two began to feud and ultimately were broken up. Shaq won his only NBA MVP award with the Lakers, and he won the NBA Finals MVP in all three championship series.

    He was eight-time All-NBA and three-time All-Defense. With everything he accomplished, it still feels as though his tenure could have had more hardware.

    7. George Mikan 172.8 (1949-1956)—Mikan was the original dominant big man. His Minneapolis Lakers won five BAA or NBA championships. Mikan was All-League six times, and he played in four All-Star games. He was the king of the formative era of the sport.

    8. James Worthy 153.2 (1983-1994)

    9. Slater Martin 129.2 (1950-1956)

    10. Michael Cooper 125.8 (1979-1990)

    * Player is still active with the team

Memphis Grizzlies (Vancouver Grizzlies)

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    1. Pau Gasol 64.9 (2002-2008)—Gasol spent seven years with the Grizzlies before being sent to the Lakers for a bag of basketballs disguised as Kwame Brown. Gasol is still the franchise's all-time leader in scoring, rebounding and blocks. He made one All-Star team while in Memphis and also won Rookie of the Year.

    2. Shareef Abdur-Rahim 49.5 (1997-2001)

    3. Mike Miller 47.8 (2003-2008)

    4. *Rudy Gay 42.7 (2007-Present)—Gay has great chance to become the greatest Grizz in about two or three years, assuming they continue their playoff presence. He has amassed a 17.8 points per game average in his career.

    5. *Shane Battier 40.9 (2002-2006, 2010-Present)

    6. Bryant "Big Country" Reeves 40.5 (1996-2001)

    7. Stromile Swift 39.2 (2001-2008)

    8. Jason Williams 39.1 (2002-2005, 2011)

    9. Lorenzen Wright 36.9 (2002-2006)

    10. Mike Bibby 36.4 (1999-2001)

    * Player is still active with the team

Miami Heat

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    1. *Dwyane Wade 166.6 (2004-Present)—Miami may always be Wade County, no matter what LeBron does in the black and red. He is the franchise's all-time leader in scoring, steals and assists.

    He has won one NBA championship, one NBA Finals MVP and was robbed of one league MVP (in my opinion) in 2008-09. He has played in seven All-Star games and has been selected for six All-NBA teams and three All-Defense. This number will continue to grow and will be out of sight shortly.

    2. Alonzo Mourning 127.9 (1996-2002, 2004-2008)—The Heat leader in years of service with 11 seasons, Zo was a defensive stalwart in his time in a Heat uniform and is their all-time leader in rebounds and blocks.

    He won his only NBA championship in his second stint in a Heat uniform. He was selected for five All-Star teams, two All-NBA, two All-Defense and was a back-to-back winner of Defensive Player of the Year in 1999 and 2000.

    3. Shaquille O'Neal 87.3 (2005-2008)

    4. Tim Hardaway 81.7 (1996-2001)

    5. *Udonis Haslem 63.1 (2004-Present)

    6. Rony Seikaly 49.2 (1989-1994)

    7. Eddie Jones 49 (2001-2007)

    8. Glen Rice 48.2 (1990-1995)

    9. Grant Long 45.5 (1989-1995)

    10. Keith Askins 43.7 (1991-1999)

    * Player is still active with the team

Milwaukee Bucks

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    1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 201 (1970-1975)—Starting his NBA career as Lew Alcindor, the name changed but the box scores didn't. Jabbar led the Bucks to their only NBA championship and won three NBA MVP awards in a four-year span. He was five-time All-NBA, two-time All-Defense, Rookie of the Year and won one NBA Finals MVP.

    2. Sidney Moncrief 139.8 (1980-1989)—Moncrief was perhaps the best perimeter defender of his era. He made five All-Star teams and won consecutive Defensive Player of the Year awards in 1983 and 1984. He was five-time All-NBA and five-time All-Defense.

    3. Marques Johnson 102.3 (1978-1984)

    4. Bobby Dandridge 92.1 (1970-1977, 1982)

    5. Terry Cummings 73.8 (1985-1989, 1996)

    6. Ray Allen 73.1 (1997-2003)

    7. *Michael Redd 71.4 (2001-Present)

    8. Glenn Robinson 70.1 (1995-2002)

    9. Oscar Robertson 70.1 (1971-1974)

    10. Jon McGlocklin 68.2 (1969-1976)

    * Player still active with the team

Minnesota Timberwolves

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    1. Kevin Garnett 204.6 (1996-2007)—KG is everything Minnesota. The Wolves all-time leader in scoring, blocks, steals, rebounds, assists and years of service, he made 10 All-Star teams, eight All-NBA teams, eight All-Defense teams and won one NBA MVP. I can't even imagine the scenario that someone catches him.

    2. Wally Szczerbiak 53.6 (2000-2006)

    3. Tom Gugliotta 51.2 (1995-1998)

    4. Sam Mitchell 50.8 (1990-1992, 1996-2002)

    5. Terrell Brandon 44.6 (1999-2002)

    6. Kevin Love 43.8 (2009-2011)—Love will likely be second in two years, even with the team's futility. Holding onto him will be a task. He made his first All-Star team in 2011 and has improved points, rebounds and assists in each of his three seasons in the NBA.

    7. Doug West 43.6 (1990-1998)

    8. Al Jefferson 43.3 (2008-2010)

    9. Christian Laettner 43 (1993-1996)

    10. Stephon Marbury 40.5 (1997-1999)

Brooklyn Nets (New Jersey Americans, New York Nets, New Jersey Nets)

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    1. Julius Erving 144.8 (1974-1976)—In only three seasons, the Doctor rose above every Net, past and present. He was the best player in the ABA, and second place probably wasn't even close.

    He won three consecutive ABA MVP awards while a member of the New York Nets. He was also All-Defense in 1976. The Nets won two ABA championships in his three seasons. He averaged 28.2 points, 10.9 rebounds, 5.2 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals in his Nets career. This is one of the greatest three-year runs of any player in history.

    2. Jason Kidd 121.1 (2002-2008)—Kidd powered the Nets to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. The Nets would come up short, but Kidd is clearly the greatest Net during the New Jersey years. He played in five All-Star games. He was three times an All-NBA selection and seven times All-Defense.

    3. Bill Melchionni 86.7 (1970-1976)

    4. Buck Williams 85 (1982-1989)

    5. Brian Taylor 73.7 (1973-1976)

    6. Billy Paultz 72.1 (1971-1975)

    7. Vince Carter 68.7 (2005-2009)

    8. Derrick Coleman 67.9 (1991-1995)

    9. "Super" John Williamson 62.6 (1974-1980)

    10. Richard Jefferson 61.2 (2002-2008)

New Orleans Hornets (Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets)

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    1. *Chris Paul 99.5 (2006-Present)—At 26, Paul is already the Hornets' FPVR leader by almost 30 points. When and if the 2011-2012 season begins, he'll become the team's all-time leader in steals. He is second in assists and third in scoring. He's a four-time All-Star, three-time All-NBA and All-Defense selection. Paul also captured the NBA Rookie of the Year award. At his age, if he stays, he'll put the FPVR title far away from the next great Hornet.

    2. Larry Johnson 69.1 (1992-1996)—A personal favorite of mine. LJ was awesome before a back injury changed his game and ultimately forced him to retire after leaving the Hornets for the Knicks. Grandmama was built like a power forward with explosive hops and speed. In his five-year Hornets career, he won Rookie of the Year and was selected to the All-Star game twice and All-NBA once.

    3. Glen Rice 66.1 (1996-1998)

    4. *David West 64.3 (2004-2011)

    5. Baron Davis 64 (2000-2005)

    6. Alonzo Mourning 57.9 (1993-1995)

    7. Dell Curry 57.2 (1989-1998)

    8. Jamal Mashburn 56.7 (2001-2004)

    9. Tyrone "Mugsy" Bogues 55 (1989-1998)—Mugsy is tied with Dell Curry for most years spent as a Hornet. He is the franchise's all-time leader in steals and assists as well. At 5-foot-3, he is still the shortest player ever to play in the NBA. He averaged 8.8 assists per game during his Hornets career.

    10. David Wesley 54.6 (1998-2005)

     * Player is still active with the team

New York Knicks

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    1. Patrick Ewing 205.6 (1986-2000)—Pat was among the three dominant centers in the NBA through the second half of the 1980s and the 1990s, along with Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson. Ewing is the only one that didn't win an NBA championship.

    Ewing had plenty of success during his 15 years, the most as a Knick in team history. He is the all-time franchise leader in points, rebounds, blocks and steals. Ewing was an 11-time All-Star and won Rookie of the Year. He was also a seven-time All-NBA and three-time All-Defense selection.

    The lack of playoff success makes what could be a huge lead so small.

    2. Willis Reed 191.9 (1965-1974)—Reed did more than just limp out to hold his own against Wilt Chamberlain in the 1970 NBA Finals. Reed played in seven All-Star games, won one NBA MVP, two Finals MVP awards and Rookie of the Year.

    He helped lead the Knicks to two NBA championships while making five All-NBA teams and being selected All-Defense once.

    3. Walt "Clyde" Frazier 186.7 (1968-1977)—Clyde was slick, and he was one of the greatest defensive point guards in history. Frazier was a seven-time All-Star and won two NBA championships. He was also a six-time All-NBA and seven-time All-Defense member.

    4. Harry Gallatin 124.1 (1949-1957)

    5. Dave DeBusschere118.8 (1969-1974)

    6. Carl Braun 108 (1948-1961)

    7. Richie Guerin 103.8 (1957-1964)

    8. Bill Bradley 85 (1968-1977)

    9. Dick Barnett 82.3 (1966-1974)

    10. Charles Oakley 77.7 (1989-1998)

Oklahoma City Thunder (Seattle SuperSonics)

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    1. Gary Payton 199.2 (1991-2003)—"The Glove" was the premier defensive point guard during his era. He played 13 years in a Sonics uniform, the most in franchise history. He is the franchise's all-time leader in scoring, steals and assists. He was selected to nine All-Star games, All-NBA teams and All-Defensive teams.

    Payton also won Defensive Player of the Year in 1996.

    2. Jack Sikma 113.6 (1978-1986) 

    3. Shawn Kemp 106.4 (1990-1997)—Another of my personal favorites, "The Reign Man" was one of the most dynamic and explosive big men the game has ever seen. A gifted leaper whose basketball skill began to catch up with his athleticism before personal problems limited his effectiveness, Kemp made six All-Star teams and was three-time All-NBA.

    4. Spencer Haywood 102.7 (1971-1975)—Haywood was truly a pioneer. The first player to challenge the hardship rule and come to NBA before his college eligibility had completed, he was also a dominant player. He was selected to four NBA All-Star games as a Sonic and was a four-time All-NBA selection.

    5. Gus Williams 90.3 (1978-1984)

    6. Fred Brown 82.1 (1972-1984)

    7. *Kevin Durant 81.6 (2008-Present)—Durant is one of the few players in the NBA right now who I firmly believe will become his franchise's best player according to the FPVR. As long as he avoids injury, you can pencil him into the All-Star team and All-NBA team for the next 10 years.

    Durant should continue to lead the Thunder to the playoffs and most likely at least one NBA Finals appearance. With that production, he will be the greatest in franchise history.

    8. Ray Allen 76 (2003-2007)

    9. Dennis Johnson 75.5 (1977-1980)

    10. Nate McMillan 73.9 (1987-1998)

    * Player is still active with the team

Orlando Magic

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    1. *Dwight Howard 142.8 (2006-Present)—Howard has been the most dominant defender and rebounder in the NBA since 2005. He has led the NBA in rebounding three times and won three consecutive Defensive Player of the Year awards from 2009-2011.

    He has been selected to five All-Star games, five All-NBA teams and four All-Defensive teams. At 25, he is the youngest player that sits at No. 1 in his franchises' FPVR rankings.

    2. Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway 99.7 (1994-1999)—Were it not for injuries, Penny would have put the Magic top spot beyond Dwight's reach before his 30th birthday. Penny was an absolute beast, seeing as he played in four All-Star games and was three-time All-NBA (twice first team). Ankle injuries limited and changed his game. 

    3. Tracy McGrady 98.9 (2001-2004)—T-Mac signed the huge free agent deal with the Magic in 2000. He did not disappoint in the regular season. He played in four All-Star games, was a four-time All-NBA player and won two consecutive scoring titles in 2003 and 2004 at the age of 23 and 24.

    McGrady was never able to lead the Magic or anybody else to a playoff series victory.

    4. Shaquille O'Neal 97.9 (1993-1996)—It is a shame Shaq and Penny's union went badly before they won a championship. If that duo had stayed together, there would never have been a Shaq and Kobe. No feud and no three peat.

    Shaq won Rookie of the Year, made four All-Star games and was three times All-NBA. He also led the NBA in scoring at 22 in 1996 for Orlando.

    5. Nick Anderson 63.6 (1990-1999)

    6. *Jameer Nelson 57.7 (2005-Present)

    7. Darrell Armstrong 56.5 (1995-2003)

    8. Grant Hill 54.9 (2001-2007)

    9. Horace Grant 54.3 (1995-2003)

    10. Rashard Lewis 50.1 (2008-2011)

     * Player is still active with the team

Philadelphia 76ers (Syracuse Nationals)

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    1. Dolph Schayes 253.7 (1950-1964)—Possibly the most surprising name atop any team's FPVR rating. Schayes was a dominant big man in the 1950s for the Syracuse Nationals. He was selected to 12 All-Star games and All-NBA teams. Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Bob Pettit made sure he didn't win any MVPs, but he did lead the Nats to an NBA title in 1955.

    Schayes also played 15 seasons with the franchise; only Hal Greer played as many.

    2. Julius Erving 217.5 (1977-1987)—The Doctor's second career was nearly as impressive as his ABA stint. He played in 11 All-Star games as a 76er, and he was a seven-time All-NBA selection and NBA MVP in 1981. 

    Erving also helped lead the Sixers to the 1983 NBA championship.

    3. Hal Greer 187.7 (1959-1973)—Greer was a great scorer in the 1960s. He spent all 15 seasons of his career with the franchise and is the all-time leading scorer. Greer played in 10 All-Star games and was elected to seven All-NBA teams. Greer won one NBA championship in 1967.

    4. Allen Iverson 176.6 (1997-2007, 2010)—Possibly the most popular 76er, "The Answer" may be the greatest 6-foot-0 player in the history of the league. He is the Sixers second all-time leading scorer and made seven All-Star and All-NBA teams. Though he never won a championship, Iverson won Rookie of the Year in 1997 and NBA MVP in 2001.

    All without "practice."

    5. Wilt Chamberlain 163.3 (1965-1968)—Chamberlain was just as dominant as a Sixer as he was as a Warrior. Chamberlain captured his first NBA championship in 1967. He played in three All-Star games and was elected to four All-NBA teams. Most impressively, Chamberlain won MVP in all three complete seasons he played with the team. 

    6. Charles Barkley 150.1 (1985-1992)—He became "Sir" Charles in Philly. Barkley was one of the most unstoppable forces in the NBA in the mid-to-late 1980s and early 1990s. 

    Chuck made six All-Star and seven All-NBA teams. Had he finished his career in Philly, he could have been No. 1.

    7. Billy Cunningham 128.4 (1966-1976)

    8. Moses Malone 122.5 (1983-1994)

    9. Maurice Cheeks 113.7 (1979-1989)

    10. Larry Costello 111.4 (1958-1968)

Phoenix Suns

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    1. *Steve Nash 143.8 (1996-1998, 2004-Present)—One of the NBA's greatest pure passers ever has always been an amazingly accurate shooter as well. Nash is currently in his second and most impressive stint as a Sun. He won back-to-back MVP awards in 2005 an 2006. If there is a 2011-2012 season he will become the Suns' all-time leader in assists. 

    Nash is a five-time All-Star and All-NBA selection.

    2. Kevin Johnson 124.9 (1988-2000)—KJ was an absolute demon, one of the fastest players in NBA history. He is the franchise's all-time leader in assists. He was a three-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA selection.

    3. Amare Stoudemire 118.3 (2003-2010)

    4. Charles Barkley 112 (1993-1996)

    5. Walter Davis 110.7 (1978-1988)

    6. Paul Westphal 107.1 (1976-1984)

    7. Alvan Adams 89.9 (1976-1988)

    8. Shawn Marion 89.6 (2000-2008)

    9. Jason Kidd 86.9 (1997-2001)

    10. Tom Chambers 82.5 (1989-1993)

     * Player is still active with the team

Portland Trailblazers

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    1. Clyde Drexler 151.7 (1984-1995)—"The Glide" was one of the most athletic and versatile players in history. Drexler played a franchise-high 12 years as a Blazer. He is the team's all-time leader in scoring, rebounding and steals. 

    Drexler made eight All-Star teams and four All-NBA teams as a Blazer.

    2. Bill Walton 105.9 (1975-1978)—Without the injuries, Walton would easily be the greatest Blazer of all time. He led the team to its only NBA championship in 1977. But Walton never played more than 68 games in his four years in Portland. Still, he won NBA Finals MVP in 1977 and league MVP in 1978.

    He was twice All-NBA and All-Defense.

    3. Terry Porter 85.4 (1986-1995)

    4. Maurice Lucas 77 (1977-1980, 1988)

    5. Cliff Robinson 76.5 (1990-1997)

    6. Sidney Wicks 75.9 (1972-1976)

    7. Jerome Kersey 74.9 (1985-1995)

    8. *Brandon Roy 73.5 (2007-Present)

    9. Rasheed Wallace 72 (1997-2004)

    10. Jim Paxson 72 (1980-1988)

     * Player is still active with the team

Sacramento Kings (Kansas City, Kansas City-Omaha, Cincinnati, Rochester Royals)

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    1.Oscar Robertson 230.6 (1961-1970)—The "Big O" won his lone championship in Milwaukee, but his truly legendary seasons were with the Cincinnati Royals.

    Robertson averaged a triple-double four times for an entire season while a member of the Cincinnati Royals. He played in 10 All-Star games, won the league MVP in 1964 and was selected to 10 All-NBA teams.

    2. Jerry Lucas 137.7 (1964-1970)—Lucas was one of the most unique players of his time. He was an animal on the glass and a deadly outside shooter. He averaged over 20 points and 20 rebounds two years in a row as a Royal.

    He was selected to six All-Star teams and five All-NBA teams and won Rookie of the Year in 1964.

    3. Bob Davies 120.1 (1949-1955)

    4. Chris Webber 116.4 (1999-2005)

    5. Jack Twyman 107.1 (1956-1966)

    6. Bobby Wanzer 106.9 (1949-1957)

    7. Mitch Richmond 106.2 (1992-1998)

    8. Nate Archibald 101.1 (1971-1976)

    9. Arnie Risen 92.8 (1949-1955)

    10. Wayne Embry 85 (1959-1966)

San Antonio Spurs (Texas Chaparrals, Dallas Chaparrals)

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    1. *Tim Duncan 351.8 (1998-Present)—Duncan has been everything to the Spurs. He is the Spurs' all-time leader in rebounds and should surpass George Gervin as the leader in scoring in two seasons. He is tied with David Robinson for the most seasons in a Spurs uniform at 14.

    Most of all, Duncan has consistently led the Spurs to titles or serious title contention. His accomplishments are staggering: 13 All-Star selections, Rookie of the Year, two league MVP awards, three NBA Finals MVP awards, 13 All-NBA and All-Defensive selections, four championships and a partridge in a pear tree.

    There are few careers that compare to Duncan's.

    2. David Robinson 256.4 (1990-2003)—The Spurs had to wait two years for "The Admiral" to complete his commitment to the Naval Academy, but it was well worth the wait. He became one of the greatest centers in NBA history.

    He dominated on defense and won a scoring title in 1994. Robinson won Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and a league MVP award. He was selected to 10 All-Star teams, 10 All-NBA teams and eight All-Defense.

    He teamed with Duncan to win two NBA championships as well.

    3. George Gervin 203.8 (1974-1982)—"The Iceman" was one of the most dynamic scorers the game has ever seen. He played in 11 All-Star games and was a seven-time All-NBA selection. Gervin won four scoring titles in a five-year span from 1978-1982.

    4. *Tony Parker 115.7 (2002-Present)

    5. *Manu Ginobili 100.2 (2003-Present)

    6. James Silas 86 (1973-1981)

    7. Sean Elliott 84 (1990-2001)

    8. Alvin Robertson 78.4 (1985-1989)

    9. Bruce Bowen 76.7 (2002-2009)

    10. John Beasley 75.9 (1968-1972)

     * Player is still active with the team

Toronto Raptors

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    1. Vince Carter 93.9 (1999-2005)—For seven years, "Vinsanity" was the most exciting player in basketball. He was a walking highlight reel almost every night. He was selected to five NBA All-Star teams and, though it doesn't count in the FPVR, he put on dynamic displays at the Slam-Dunk contest.

    He won Rookie of the Year and was twice selected to the All-NBA team.

    2. Chris Bosh 86.6 (2004-2010)—Bosh, not Carter, is the Raptors' all-time leading scorer. He was selected to five All-Star teams and one All-NBA team before he became the third decimal in the "Big Three" in Miami.

    3. Antonio Davis 51.5 (2000-2006)

    4. Damon Stoudamire 46 (1996-1998)

    5. Alvin Williams 44.7 (1998-2006)

    6. Morris Peterson 42.9 (2001-2007)

    7. Doug Christie 40.4 (1996-2000)

    8. *Jose Calderon 40.3 (2006-Present)

    9. *Andrea Bargnani 39.6 (2007-Present)

    10. Jalen Rose 32.8 (2004-2006)

     * Player is still active with the team

Utah Jazz (New Orleans Jazz)

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    1. Karl Malone 324 (1985-2003)—"The Mailman" is the Jazz's all-time leader in points and rebounds. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has scored more points in a career. He was selected to play in 14 All-Star games, All-NBA teams and four All-Defensive teams.

    He also won two NBA MVP awards, but like many others during this era, Malone was kept from a championship ring by Michael Jordan and the Bulls. Still, Malone is one of the greatest power forwards in history.

    2. John Stockton 226.8 (1984-2003)—You really can't mention Karl Malone without John Stockton. He is the NBA's all-time leader in steals and assists and he played a franchise-record 19 years in a Jazz uniform. Stockton was selected for 10 All-Star games, 11 All-NBA teams and five All-Defense teams.

    3. Adrian Dantley 103.8 (1980-1986)

    4. Pistol Pete Maravich 90.8 (1975-1980)

    5. Mark Eaton 82.6 (1983-1993)

    6. Deron Williams 74.4 (2006-2011)

    7. Carlos Boozer 71.6 (2005-2010)

    8. *Andrei Kirilenko 69.3 (2002-Present)

    9. Thurl Bailey 61.8 (1984-1992, 1999)

    10. Darrell Griffith 60.6 (1981-1991)

     * Player is still active with the team

Washington Wizards (Washington Capitals & Bal Bullets, Chicago Zephyrs/Packers)

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    1. Elvin Hayes 168.5 (1973-1981)—"The Big E" is the franchise's all-time leader in scoring in nine seasons. He helped lead the Bullets to the 1978 NBA championship. He was elected to eight All-Star games, five All-NBA teams and two All-Defensive teams.

    2. Wes Unseld 154.7 (1969-1981)—Unseld is the longest-tenured player in the franchise history at 13 years. He is also the all-time leading rebounds and assists. He was selected to five All-Star teams and one All-NBA team. Unseld pulled the rare feat of winning the Rookie of the Year and NBA MVP in the same season in 1969. He was also the MVP of the NBA Finals in 1978.

    3. Gus Johnson 114 (1964-1972)

    4. Gilbert Arenas 89.9 (2004-2011)

    5. Phil Chenier 88.5 (1972-1980)

    6. Walt Bellamy 77.1 (1962-1966)

    7. Earl Monroe 75.5 (1968-1972)

    8. Bobby Dandridge 65.3 (1978-1981)

    9. Antawn Jamison 65 (2005-2010)

    10. Greg Ballard 63.8 (1978-1985)


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    Conclusion and Notables

    • When Kobe's career is over, Michael may be the only one he is still looking up to. Though Duncan has a higher FPVR with the Spurs, Kobe has more left in the tank and a younger team.
    • The 300 Club (Players with a FPVR of 300 or better with one team):

    Karl Malone
    Abdul-Jabbar (Lakers)
    Jerry West

    • The Lakers have the most players with a 300 points or better (four)
    • Players that appear on the most top 10 FPVR's (Jason Kidd, Shaquille O'Neal: three times each)
    • Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant are the only active players atop their team's FPVR.

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