Last season, a group of Today’s Fastbreak contributors got together to conduct a Franchise Player Draft, which involved picking 30 NBA players based on who’d be best to start a franchise with. The Today’s Fastbreak Franchise Player Draft is returning for 2016, but this time, it’s expanding to an entire starting five of players and is in a snake draft format.
Again, these players were, for the most part, selected based on both current play AND their long-term potential. Furthermore, current NBA contracts aren’t relevant for this exercise.
The selections were made over the first few weeks of September, so any injuries that occurred after weren’t taken into account. Here you can see explanations for picks 1-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, 71-80, 81-90, 91-100, 101-110, 111-120, 121-130, 131-140 and 141-150.
Afterward, a group of the Today’s Fastbreak Franchise Player Draft contributors voted for the best rosters. Voting was also made available to the public. Let’s take a look at the results!
TFB Contributor Voting
Best Current Team
Out of 24 responses, there were 18 votes for Jared Mintz’s squad as the team with the best chance at immediate success, and it’s easy to see why. His team not only boasts LeBron James, but also Carmelo Anthony along with quality veterans in George Hill, Wesley Matthews and Andrew Bogut. This group has star power, rim protection, solid wing defense and shooting, and with so many teams looking forward in this draft, it was a runaway winner for best “win-now” team.
Also receiving votes: 3 for Donnie Kolakowski (Kevin Durant/Rodney Hood/Steven Adams/Kent Bazemore/Andre Iguodala), 2 for Jackson Sanders (James Harden, Nerlens Noel, LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Knight, DeMarre Carroll), 1 for Sean Kennedy (Paul George, Nicolas Batum, Paul Millsap, Willie Cauley-Stein, Wade Baldwin)
Best Future Team
As for looking forward, the voting for best future team was a bit more spread out. Ultimately, it was Bryan Toporek’s team featuring Giannis Antetokounmpo, Myles Turner, Evan Fournier, Robert Covington and Dante Exum that earned the most votes with seven out of 24. All five players on this roster are 25 or younger, and there’s plenty of versatility on both ends of the floor. While nobody is a bona fide star yet, “The Greek Freak” is well on his way, and Turner has star potential.
Also receiving votes: 3 for Jackson Sanders, 2 for Donnie Kolakowski, 2 for Cray Allred (Karl-Anthony Towns, Tobias Harris, Dragan Bender, Elfrid Payton, Josh Richardson), 2 for Michael Erler (Kristaps Porzingis, Nikola Jokic, Dennis Schroder, Norman Powell, Manu Ginobili), 2 for Eli Horowitz (Ben Simmons, Zach LaVine, Thon Maker, Marquese Chriss, Justin Anderson), 1 for Joseph Nardone (Joel Embiid, Emmanuel Mudiay, Dario Saric, Allen Crabbe, Kelly Oubre Jr.), 1 for Trenton Jocz (D’Angelo Russell, Aaron Gordon, Nikola Mirotic, Clint Capela, Cory Joseph), 1 for Wes Goldberg (Draymond Green, Brandon Ingram, Trey Lyles, John Henson, Goran Dragic), 1 for Ryan Davis (Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Jahlil Okafor, Doug McDermott, Kelly Olynyk), 1 for Andrew Bailey (Rudy Gobert, Jabari Parker, Ricky Rubio, Gary Harris, T.J. Warren), 1 for Thomas Duffy (Devin Booker, C.J. McCollum, Bismack Biyombo, Jrue Holiday, Meyers Leonard)
Best Current Team
At the time the results were collected (10:40 a.m. CT on Oct. 17, 2016), Jared Mintz won Best Current Team with 39 percent of the vote, blowing away the rest of the field just like he did with the TFB voters. The next closest was Nekias Duncan’s squad, which earned nine percent of the vote thanks to his team of Jimmy Butler, Khris Middleton, Marc Gasol, Avery Bradley and Darrell Arthur.
Best Future Team
Also like the TFB voting, Bryan Toporek won for Best Future Team, securing 11 percent of the vote. This voting was extremely spread out, and Eli Horowitz’s team came in second with 10 percent of the vote.
Click here to check out the rosters, vote and see the results!