Loyalty is something we don’t see much nowadays in sports, either because general managers tend to view their players as assets and are constantly trying to get the best value in return for them or because players get tired of losing and rather play for bigger teams on bigger markets.
For that matter, we’re getting used to see players wander around franchises chasing the money or the opportunity to win an NBA Champion, and those players like Nowitzki, Kobe or Duncan are difficult to find nowadays.
Today, we’re going to let you know the top 10 players in the league that played for only one franchise, recognizing their loyalty with the team, the fans and even to themselves as competitors.
10. Karl-Anthony Towns
Obviously, still being through his rookie deal, KAT has only played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he already holds the franchise record for most points scored on a game after demolishing the Hawks with 56 points.
Town’s ceiling is extremely high and paired with a defensive-minded big man, he can lead the Timberwolves to Championship contention in just a couple of years, as he’s already one of the most completed scorers and dominant rebounders in the world.
9. Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid looks like a lock to play his entire career with the Philadelphia 76ers, as he’s become the face of the franchise and is already extremely beloved by the community due to his charisma and how active he is on social media.
Also, he’s already one of the league’s best defending big man while also having the ability to draw a lot of fouls and consistently hit from the charity stripe, and that kind of two-way skill set is so hard to find that they’re never going to trade him. Trust the Process.
8. Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard is the kind of player that would rather spend his full career without winning a Championship before joining forces with other players on a bigger team to have an easier path to the Finals.
Lillard has emerged as the face of the franchise and is currently leading them to the 3rd best record in the Western Conference, and he’s already stated that he wants to play for the Blazers until he decides to retire.
7. John Wall
John Wall is already one of the best two-way point guards in the league, constantly being among the league’s leader in assists and steals, and he’s arguably the best player in franchise history not named Michael Jordan already.
Wall lacks the charisma and clutch to lead him to basketball elite, but the skill set is definitely there, and it feels like the Wizards would rather trade everybody and rebuild around him rather than watch him walk out the door.
6. DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan is considered to be the greatest Raptor of all times over guys like Vince Carter and Chris Bosh, mostly because he’s spent his entire career up north and looks like a lock to be dressed in red until his very last NBA matchup.
DeRozan has emerged as one of the league’s top-notch scorers with his Kobe Bryant-like kind of game, and even though he’s one of the worst three-point shooters in the league, he’s virtually unstoppable in the offensive end of the floor.
5. Russell Westbrook
If you didn’t respect Russell Westbrook before, you definitely have to do it now, after he decided to stay put with the Oklahoma City Thunder following Kevin Durant’s departure, and single-handedly lead them to the postseason the prior campaign while averaging a triple-double.
He’s even been inducted into Oklahoma’s Hall of Fame already and he’s one of the most active members of the community with a lot of charity work, so you know he’s never going to leave the team even if he never wins a ring.
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the most simple, humble and down to earth guys you’ll ever meet, even after he’s surged as one of the league’s most impressive talents and dominant players in both ends of the floor.
His restless work ethic is definitely going to get him an MVP one day, and he’s the kind of low profile players that would rather go the distance with the Bucks instead of playing for a bigger market.
3. Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis is wasting the best years of his career on a team that’s never going to be a contender, so he needs a lot of recognition for his patience and loyalty and not forcing his way out of the team.
The Brow is one of the league’s best low post defenders and shot blockers, while his offensive game has blossomed as a versatile scorer that could take the ball in the floor and post you up, or just catch and shoot from anywhere and kill you from distance.
2. Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard emerged out of the blue during the Finals en route to winning the NBA Finals MVP for his outstanding defense on LeBron James, all the way to becoming the league’s best two-way player in just a couple of seasons.
Leonard is the only guy you could see among the frontrunners to win both the MVP and DPOY award on a yearly basis, and even though there have been a lot of rumors regarding his so-called desire to leave the Spurs, he’s been the face of the franchise ever since Duncan’s retirement.
1. Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry has put the Golden State Warriors back in the map, and he’s arguably the best player in franchise history already after he led them to 2 NBA Championships and breaking the record for most wins on a regular season.
The 2 time MVP is the greatest shooter this game has ever seen, and you know he’s going to be a Warrior for life as the main face of this core that has become one of the strongest dynasties in basketball history.