After the Shaquille O'Neal-Scottie Pippen Twitter battle the other day, I thought someone should take a look at the top five players for each NBA franchise (including their ABA ties).
Positions aren't taken into consideration, while players can be included on more than one franchise, and the list includes franchises that have played in more than one city and may have changed their mascot. So here is my shot at it (could have listed two teams for the Lakers and Celtics):
Atlanta Hawks: Dominique Wilkins, Bob Pettit, Lou Hudson, Lenny Wilkens, John Drew.
Boston Celtics: Bill Russell, Larry Bird, John Havlicek, Bob Cousy, Kevin McHale.
Brooklyn Nets (New York/New Jersey Nets): Julius Erving, Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, Buck Williams, Michael Ray Richardson.
Charlotte Hornets: Alonzo Mourning, Larry Johnson, Muggsy Bogues, Glen Rice, Dell Curry.
Chicago Bulls: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Derrick Rose, Bob Love, Jerry Sloan.
Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James, Larry Nance, Mark Price, World B. Free, Brad Dougherty.
Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Mark Aguirre, Derek Harper, Michael Finley.
Denver Nuggets: Dan Issel, Carmelo Anthony, Alex English, Kiki Vandeweghe, David Thompson.
Detroit Pistons: Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Dave Bing, Joe Dumars, Bob Lanier,
Golden State Warriors: Joe Barry Carroll, Wilt Chamberlain, Nate Thurmond, Chris Mullin, Stephen Curry.
Houston Rockets: Hakeem Olajuwon, Elvin Hayes, Calvin Murphy, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley.
Indiana Pacers: Reggie Miller, Mark Jackson, George McGinnis, Freddie Lewis, Rik Smits.
Los Angeles Clippers: Chris Paul, Norm Nixon, Randy Smith, Blake Griffin, Bob McAdoo.
Los Angeles Lakers: Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Elgin Baylor.
Memphis Grizzlies: Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Pau Gasol.
Miami Heat: Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Alonzo Mourning, Chris Bosh, Tim Hardaway.
Milwaukee Bucks: Oscar Robertson, Marques Johnson, Sidney Moncrief, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ray Allen.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Kevin Garnett, Al Jefferson, Tom Gugliotta, Tony Campbell, Kevin Love.
New Orleans Pelicans: Anthony Davis, Chris Paul, David West, P.J. Brown, Peja Stojakovic.
New York Knicks: Walt Frazier, Willis Reed, Jerry Lucas, Patrick Ewing, Bernard King.
Oklahoma City Thunder (Seattle SuperSonics): Gary Payton, Kevin Durant, Ray Allen, Spencer Haywood, Russell Westbrook.
Orlando Magic: Shaquille O'Neal, Dwight Howard, Nick Anderson, Penny Hardaway, Dennis Scott.
Philadelphia 76ers: Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Dolph Schayes, Wilt Chamberlain, Allen Iverson.
Phoenix Suns: Charles Barkley, Steve Nash, Kevin Johnson, Charlie Scott, Walter Davis.
Portland Trail Blazers: Clyde Drexler, Maurice Lucas, Terry Porter, Bill Walton, Mychal Thompson.
Sacramento Kings: Chris Webber, Jerry Lucas, Nate Archibald, Oscar Robertson, Mitch Richmond.
San Antonio Spurs: Tim Duncan, George Gervin, David Robinson, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili.
Toronto Raptors: Chris Bosh, Damon Stoudamire, Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Antonio Davis.
Utah Jazz: John Stockton, Pete Maravich, Karl Malone, Adrian Dantley, Jeff Hornacek.
Washington Wizards: Elvin Hayes, Earl Monroe, Gus Johnson, Bernard King, Wes Unseld.