Counting Down The Top 15 NBA Players To Build A Franchise Around

After countless years of NBA 2K fantasy re-draft leagues, I’ve learned there’s no perfect formula to constructing a championship team. It comes down to preference and how you justify those preferences. These lists are always subjective, but assuming this was to be your franchise cornerstone for the next decade, I’ll be factoring in productivity, age, potential and leadership when deciding the 15 most valuable players to build an organization around.

Let’s dive right in:

15. Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 21

The “Greek Freak” had hype as Milwaukee’s next long term project when he entered the league at the tender age of 18, but his development seems to have been fast-forwarded. At a glance, Giannis’ third year averages aren’t jarring, but when you compare it to his post All-Star break splits, you get an insane baby LeBron stat line:

Pre All-Star break: 16.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.4 blocks
Post All-Star break: 18.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.9 blocks

Ever since Jason Kidd shifted Giannis over as the primary ball-handler, Antetokounmpo has thrived. Giannis has an all-around game that’s evidenced by his box score, and he does his damage on both sides of the court. His ability to create for himself and teammates, paired with his age, make him a perfect player to build around.

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