Note: Kobe is now considered retired so he was not on this list. 

5. Damian Lillard – Portland Trail Blazers


Damian has been the star of the franchise the second he hit a series clinching three at home against Houston in the 2013 playoffs. He’s become the Blazers centerpiece over the last three years. 

4. Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans


The Brow has been the entire New Orleans team since he was drafted by them first overall in 2012. Ask a casual fan how many Pelicans he can name and they’ll likely be stumped after Davis. 

3. Dwayne Wade – Miami Heat


Dwayne as popular as any man in Miami over the past 13 years. He’s brought the city three titles, and has become synonymous with the franchise. Rumors are out about him leaving this year but odds are he won’t be able to say goodbye to South Beach 

2. Dirk Nowitzki – Dallas Mavericks


Dirk is the Dallas Mavericks. He’s the only Mav to win a finals MVP for the team, he’s won the regular season MVP, and is one of the greatest foreign player of all time. Dirk is a Dallas icon. 

1. LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers


LeBron has been associated with the Cavs since his sophomore year in high school. Not much has changed. 

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