Top 10 NBA Franchise Saviors
One of the greatest things about the NBA is that a team can go 17-65, get the top pick in the draft and three years later make its first of five consecutive playoff appearances, including one trip to the Finals. In few sports can a team or league be so altered by the addition of one player, but that's the effect LeBron James had when Cleveland first drafted him. Now he's back from Miami, and the Cavaliers instantly became the team to beat in the East.
When Kevin Durant hits the free agent market, the Washington Wizards will be hoping to bring the young star back to his hometown to likewise alter the franchise's future. Until that happens, and until James and KD have cemented their legacies, neither has earned a spot among the Top 10 NBA Franchise Saviors - guys who put in years and changed their teams' long-term destinies.(Compiled by Brian Colella and Samuel Chi)