The second most hotly debated question behind, “What is the actual definition of MVP?” is “Given a chance, who would you start your new franchise with?”
In this new series about creating the ultimate NBA dynasty team that question will be answered… and then some. The goal of this series will be about breaking down and selecting some of the league’s best players, up and comers and wily vets to lead this group to legendary status.
When making a dynasty team up from scratch, it would be too easy to mimic the same formula that 2K gamers use when loading their own teams with All-Star after All-Star after All-Star. For the purposes of keeping these articles at least slightly entertaining, I laid out a few ground rules for myself so I would be forced to create a semi-cohesive unit.
Rule 1: Abide by the salary cap!
I don’t think this rule requires explaining, considering it consists of about a million tiny, little, nit-picky, uber-specific, unnecessary rules. Basically, this team will be constructed based on the current NBA salary cap and ~most~ rules therein. For those who don’t sit at home and waste their days reading through the current CBA, the tax free salary cap is currently $94 million and the luxury tax threshold is $110 million. It’s not my money, it’s not real money, it’s a fake team, so naturally I will be pushing the limits of all $110 million of my fake money.
Rule 2: Salaries will be calculated using whatever the selected player’s current salary is.
I don’t feel like doing all the math to see who would be a max player, who qualifies for what exceptions and whatever else I would need to do. Bottom line: it’s easier this way but you can go ahead and do the math if you want!
Rule 3: Players will be assumed healthy and willing to sign with this new team.
Now begins the greatest sports franchise in the history of ever.