Being the franchise player of a lousy team is something that could be either great for you or bad for you, as you’re set to stardom and to become the ultimate go-to-guy of the franchise and get a lot of money but you’re going to mightily struggle to actually contend for a Championship.
So, even if you’re the best player on your team and every single fan loves you and you get a huge paycheck at the end of the month, you also need to win a ring to reach basketball elite and of course, nobody wants to lose in such a competitive sport like this one.
And considering that, a lot of players have tried to make a move to a contending team to finally win a ring like Kevin Durant did with the Warriors, LeBron with Miami, Drexler with Houston and the list goes on and on.
So today, we’ll name the top 5 players that should actually play for a super team as they deserve it as some of the most talented players in the world.
5. John Wall
The Kentucky product has grown to be an elite two-way player and the perhaps one of the best players to ever play for the Wizards franchise, being one of the league leaders in assists while also improving a lot on his shot, one of the few liabilities in his game.
Still, the Wizards are still some years away from actually challenging the Cleveland Cavaliers, and with the Boston Celtics putting together a super team of their own, he’d be better off elsewhere where he could actually compete.
The best player next to John Wall is Bradley Beal, but that is not enough to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics. John Wall recently signed a 4-year, $170 million contract extension with the Washington Wizards but that means nothing if he doesn't play in the Eastern Conference Finals in the next two years.
4. Damian Lillard
Lillard is probably one of the most underrated players in the league, constantly getting snubbed from Team USA’s roster and the All-Star selections despite being one of the league’s leading scorers over the last couple of seasons.
Of course, his defense’s really below the average, but his explosiveness, his clutch and his determination and competitivity make him a guy I would always want on my team, but he’s never going to win if he doesn’t leave the Trail Blazers.
With C.J. McCollum, he can lead his team to the NBA Playoffs but he can't beat the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets. Damian Lillard needs help, and the Portland Trail Blazers Front Office need to hurry up.
3. Marc Gasol
The former Defensive Player of the Year has developed into one of the league’s best centers in both ends of the court, having the ability to play lockdown defense on the paint while even consistently connecting on his 3 point attempts.
Completely leading the Grizzlies offense as their franchise player, and with Memphis on the verge of a rebuild, he’d be wise to try and force a move out of Memphis, and there have been a lot of reports stating interest from the Celtics in the Spaniard, so that’s definitely where he should go.
After Zach Randolph signed with the Kings, Memphis Grizzlies could be in a trouble, and it's just matter of time when Marc Gasol will want to play for the contender.
2. Russell Westbrook
Well, Westbrook was actually a part of a super team before, when he played alongside James Harden, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka, although they were still pretty young, they still managed to put together a Championship run against the Heat.
But, playing at the pinnacle of his career, the defending MVP needs way more help than he’s getting at the point, and the temporary addition of Paul George is definitely a move in that direction, so let’s hope OKC’s front office manages to build a strong core around their human triple double.
Oklahoma City Thunder need a big man, and we will see could they get an All-Star player to help Russell Westbrook and Paul George next season.
1. DeMarcus Cousins
The big man has always been one of the most dominant players in both glasses since entering the Association, although his lack of a good supporting cast have made him struggle and show the worst of his character as a whiny and volatile young man.
Still, considering how talented Boogie is and his skill set, he should definitely be considered as the main option at the 5 for any super team like the Cleveland Cavaliers, and with Cousins nearing his prime, he should definitely chase the ring instead of the money as soon as he can.
Even with Anthony Davis, they are not a super team. Even with Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday, they don't have a good backcourt like Warriors, Houston Rockets or Portland Trail Blazers.
New Orleans Pelicans will probably have one of the biggest challenges this season and if they fail, I guess DeMarcus Cousins will not play there anymore.