Here are the All-Time NBA Franchise Tournament Rules:
1. There are 12 players on each all-time franchise team.
2. Players must have played at least four years and 200 games for a franchise to be eligible for inclusion.
3. This tournament considers only the contribution that each player made for the particular franchise in question. For example, Wilt Chamberlain played five seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, and only those years are considered for his involvement with the all-time Lakers franchise team. His four years with the 76ers are the only years considered for his involvement with the all-time 76ers franchise team, and the same for his six seasons with the Warriors.
4. I’m not too dogmatic about positions. Starting lineups have an appropriate mix of big men, wings, and ball-handlers.
5. During the tournament, each franchise competes in a hypothetical best-of-seven series against their opponent. I first construct a detailed description of each team; then, after each team is constructed, the matchups begin, where I use research, analysis, and informed opinion to choose a winner.
6. All statistics are courtesy of the great http://www.basketball-reference.com/. The cumulative statistics for each player are listed. I avoid listing per-game statistics when any years are missing (steals per game and blocks per game were not officially tracked until the 1973-74 season, for example).
7. Franchises are seeded by the total number of championships won (first tiebreaker – NBA, BAA, and ABA all count), and by franchise longetivity (second tiebreaker). An online randomizer was used as a third tiebreaker.
8. Here is a guide to the acronyms used in each team’s chart (each is for the player’s time with the franchise under consideration):
PPG – Points per game
RPG – Rebounds per game
APG – Assists per game
SPG – Steals per game
BPG – Blocks per game
FG% – Field goal percentage
3FG% – Three point field goal percentage
FT% – Free throw percentage
PER – Player Efficiency Rating
WS/48 – Win Shares per 48 minutes
All-Star Games – Number of all-star games made
All-NBA – Number of all-NBA teams made (1st, 2nd, or 3rd team)
All-NBA Defense – Number of all-NBA defensive teams made (1st or 2nd team)
ROY – Rookie of the Year
MVP – Most Valuable Player
DPOY – Defensive Player of the Year
ASG MVP – All-Star Game Most Valuable Player
SMOY – Sixth Man of the Year
MIP – Most Improved Player
Finals MVP – NBA Finals Most Valuable Player