KB24 wrote:V.V.V.V.V. wrote:After posting for months that Dwight is not a franchise player, and that he's a natural #2, I can't say that he's the franchise player we've been looking for. Dwight fits well as the #2 option on a championship team, so he's perfect for the current LA roster. Maybe after he wins a few rings and Kobe retires, he'll be ready for the #1 position on a championship team, but right now he's not ready. He can lead a decent team to the playoffs, but he had his hat handed to him by GASOL in 09. This doesn't mean that he can't be the FACE of the franchise, which is what the Lakers brass wants from him, now and after Kobe's gone. That's different from being THE MAN on the court. And Dwight seems to be ok with that, since he said in the press conference that he thinks the team wants him to anchor the defense down low, not be the leading scorer.
As for Drew, he wanted a shot at being the #1, and now there he is. Be careful what you wish for, Drew. Now you have to perform well every night, and take responsibility for the wins and the losses. Time to grow up.
He brought the Magic to the finals, that's a big deal for a scrub team. Also Howard was 23 in 2009...it happens. He didn't play terrible in that series, the Lakers were just the much more talented team.
Dwight is a top 5 NBA player and a top 5 player is always a franchise player and someone to build around. I really don't see your logic there.
First off, that 2009 Magic team was not a scrub team. Rashard Lewis was still a great player, Hedo was "most improved" or whatever that season, and Jameer had a breakout season. That was a pretty good team, but Dwight didn't come through for them. A "top 5" player woud seize the moment, be aggressive, and lead his team to victories. Instead, Dwight was schooled by Pau, who is notorious for backing down against an aggressive player. He couldn't assert himself against PAU.
My second point is that Dwight is definitely a marketable player, so he's "franchise" in that sense, but he can't be the #1 option on a championship team. His problem is closing, and part of it's attitude, while the other part is poor free-throw shooting. It has been extensively argued by me and others in the Dwight thread, that he's not quite the man to lead his team to a championship. It's ok, Pau doesn't have it either, neither did Barkley nor Malone, nor Ewing. It takes a fearless MF who can set the tone in a game, or come through in the 4th and win the pivotal game in a series. Kobe has it, MJ had it, LeBron had it this year, Duncan has it too. The ability to lead a team, and come through in the clutch.
I think you can be a top 5 player, and not have that ability to lead when it counts. LeBron has been top 5 for a few years, and he JUST developed it this year. Dwight doesn't have it yet, and he's top 5.