Weezy wrote:So then how is Dwight a championship caliber franchise player if he can't averaege more than 22 ppg then? That's all I'm asking, what franchise player that has led his team to a title in the last say, 20 to 30 years has averaged that low? Duncan maybe? You have to surround him with talent that perfectly makes up for his flaws to win is what I'm saying. A great PG like Tony Parker is to Duncan, a guy that can pour in the points to make up for Dwight not being able to, or multiple guys that can, shooters, etc. I think Bill Russell is a good comparison, but you're referencing a guy there who won his last title over 40 years ago. I'm not knocking him at all, jut saying that style of franchise player isn't really what carries teams to titles in today's NBA.
Well, I think this brings up some pretty interesting discussions to what exactly is a championship caliber franchise player.
Can a franchise player put up 22 PPG and be considered a franchise player if he is also an elite defender who is a multiple DPOY winner and continues to be a top candidate there?
Or is a franchise player only measured on scoring?
To me, there are three qualifications for a franchise type player.
1) Ability to contribute significantly on the offensive end
2) Ability to contribute significantly on the defensive end.
3) Elevates the play of their team with their presence on the court.
The reason Dwight MIGHT be considered a franchise player is because he is an elite defensive player who can also give you about 20 points per night if sufficiently utilized. A piece like that you can
build a franchise around.
I think it might be a bit unfair to say that it is a knock that you have to go and get players that make up for his flaws. The same would be true for any franchise player. Kobe can't win without a big because Kobe can't stop all penetration on his own. He can't guard the interior, so you go and get guys who can. In fact, in a way, if you think about it, a franchise player is a guy you bring in, lean on his talents and what he does well, and then fill in the gaps with players who make up for their flaws, isn't it?
So the question ultimately is ... is Howard a guy who you acquire to fill in your gaps? Or is Howard a guy for whom you go and get other players to fill in the gaps?