Simons’ Top 5: NBA Players to Build a Franchise Around

Darrin Simons, Staff Writer

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo

The “Greek Freak” is a physical specimen never seen before. He stands at 6’11 with a wingspan of 7 feet, yet can play any position on the court. Often utilized as a point guard, Antetokounmpo can spread the floor with his vision and quickness yet throw down with his length and power. Keep in mind the “Greek Freak” is only 22 years old.

2. Anthony Davis

Also standing at 6’11, but with an EIGHT FOOT wingspan, Davis is a franchise’s ideal player to build around. Already a 4 time all-star at age 24, Davis hasn’t even reached his prime and will be a force in the league for years to come.

3.  Joel Embiid

The potential the 7 foot Embiid has is limitless if kept healthy. The number 3 overall pick from 2014 hasn’t even played a full season yet, plagued by injury. His play and charisma is contagious which is why the 23-year-old is a potential key component to developing a dynasty.

4. Karl Anthony-Towns

With 2 seasons under the 21-year-old’s belt, KAT dominated. Even though he is averaging an impressive 25.1 PPG and 12.3 RPG, improvement is still inevitable. Other teams should be frightened about what KAT can become.

5. Kristaps Porzingis

One of the few bright spots in the New York Knicks’ franchise, Porzingis is a dynamic scorer, rebounder and shot blocker. Standing at 7 foot 3 inches at 21 years old, Porzingis can drive on virtually anyone and bang a three pointer in literally anyone’s face. With proper training and pieces to grow around, “PorzinGOD” can become an unstoppable force at the highest level.


It’s ironic the league is seeing an uptick in 3 pointers and outside shooting, yet the most promising young players stand around 7 feet tall. Is another change of style in the league destined to happen?