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Starting an NBA Franchise - 1st pick

Discussion in 'NBA Basketball Forum' started by Mike A. S., Nov 14, 2017.

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Who would you take with your 1st pick to start a franchise?

  1. LeBron James

  2. Kevin Durant

  3. Stephen Curry

  4. Kawhi Leonard

  5. James Harden

  6. Russell Westbrook

  7. Anthony Davis

  8. Giannis Antetokounmpo

  9. Karl-Anthony Towns

  10. Ben Simmons

  11. Other

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  1. Mike A. S.

    Mike A. S. Active Member

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    If you were starting an NBA franchise and you could draft anyone to start your franchise with, who would you take?
     



  2. msgkings322

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    This is tough. Probably need to go young so Giannis.
     
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  3. Mike A. S.

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    Yep, gotta go young. Otherwise I'm sure most would easily say LeBron. But because of age and there still being so many ultra-talented youngsters then ya gotta choose a young one.
     
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    I assume you are talking about the beginning of their careers? Lebron without a second of pause.

    If you are saying current age players then either Giannis or KD or, if you are being very optimistic, Simmons.
     
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    Damn, Giannis, Porzingis.

    I waddle between which guy day to day.

    One guy is stupid athletic.

    But, can't shoot.

    The other is not nearly the athlete and looks super malnourished. But, long as Fuck and can stick a needle in your eye from anywhere on the court.

    Excellent thread by the way.....

    I think in a season or two, my answer could change to Simmons.
     
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    All 3 of them have potential to be all time greats despite all of them having different skill sets.
     
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  7. Mike A. S.

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    No, I'm meaning right now with their current ages.
     
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    Giannis without question. Think Porzingas should be an option up there too. LOL at anyone who would start a franchise with Russ though.

    Giannis is already really good and just has so much upside. I like Simmons too. Anthony Davis though would still be my 2nd pick. It's crazy, but he's only 24 still.
     
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  9. knowyourenemy

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    Leonard, Giannis, Simmons.

    Obviously, the other guys would help you win now but it'd be pretty easy to build around any of the 3 players mentioned above.
     
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    Should put their ages up there.
    I went 'Other' and would take Embiid.
     
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    CitySushi Hoopla Basketball Strategist

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    Embiid over AD? Embiid is just a year younger than AD.
     
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    I love Embiid and Davis is great -- but I wouldn't build around a center.
     
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    No question, but if you had to choose a player right now to start a franchise with, would it be AD or Embiid? Your opinion isn't wrong of course whichever way you choose, just curious to know what your thoughts are.
     
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    Even though I acknowledge Kawhi as the 3rd best player in the NBA, I don't know if I could really peg him as a guy to build a franchise around. I think he does everything really well, but nothing exceptional aside from defense. I would choose a guy to build around who had a specific skillset that was exceptional and then cater the team around it. At least that's my logic.
     
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    Porzingis because of his age. Or the Greek freak. I'm assuming it's an expansion team and will take a few years to get to the point they can compete
     
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    AD is a great player. I'd probably take Embiid because I'm a 76ers fan and for the sheer entertainment value.

    But you can't really ignore Embiid's injury history. So I know most people would probably pick AD.
     
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    .388 for his career from 3, he can score from anywhere on the court. You can basically combine him with any other star player in the NBA and they'll be a formidable duo. Not the case with Giannis and Simmons. In fact, Leonard/Giannis or Leonard/Simmons would be nice duos. Giannis/Simmons would not.

    In some ways, that makes him the perfect player to build around. His playing style can mesh with anyone.
     
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    It's early still for Embiid.

    Compare their age 23 seasons :
    Embiid has a higher TRB% 20.1 - 17.2
    higher AST% 19.2 - 11.1
    similar STL% 1.8 - 1.7
    similar BLK% 4.5 - 5.1
    similar TS% .567 - .580

    Embiid gets killed in TOV%, doubling that of AD.

    Embiid still needs to get his legs under him.
    Still needs to remain healthy.
    But, if he can start knocking down that 3ball like he did last year, then I think he becomes the better player.

    AD is better right now.
    Embiid has a higher ceiling, if that makes sense.
     
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    I guess I look at it more from a role player perspective, than meshing with another superstar. Again if I could build the franchise, then I would feel like I would have some control over who else is on the team. If you say took the best player off each franchise and I had to pick a player to fit the most with any team, hands down it would be Kawhi. But if I'm building a team from scratch, I can cater an offense towards a player instead of just finding guys to mesh. Don't know if that made enough sense in writing, just having an off day I think conveying my thoughts.

    Totally agree with your assessment on the players though. The reason I would elect to go with Giannis is because of the mismatches he creates. I can play him at pretty much any one of the 5 positions on the court and have a significant edge somewhere.
     
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    Fair enough. Giannis would be my second choice.

    I'm looking at it as if we're doing a snake draft with all the other players in the NBA (kind of like how you'd do on NBA2K in the fantasy draft mode). I'd take Kawhi #1 and when it wrapped back around to me to pick at #60 and #61, I could just pick the best two players available and they'd probably fit well with him.
     
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