How many franchise players are out there, how do teams ensnare them and do they really get to keep them? I have chosen my own arbitrary criteria for the sake of this analysis
so I can gumby the direction of the story to suit my needs so my conclusions are by no means infallible. Draw your own conclusions.
A franchise player is like sipping a mug of hot cocoa while soaking in the warmth radiating from the lambent flames rising from a log in a fireplace. Stretching out on a cozy rug in front of the hearth and reading the latest news and analysis on the Phoenix Suns via laptop or mobile device a person is confident that no matter how ferociously the blizzard outside wails that the tranquil scene inside will provide the protection of a third little pig brick house.
Perhaps a bad analogy due to the parching summer heat here in the desert... Maybe this instead.
A franchise player is like a frosty mug filled with ice cold beer with rivulets of condensation trickling down the sides. Relaxing in a cool leather recliner under a ceiling fan while listening to the mellifluous hum of the air conditioner motor chilling the air so that arctic breezes can be propelled through the air vents one knows that the scorching heat emanating from the cruel sun will be kept at bay. Readers under 21 please insert your favorite non-alcoholic beverage. We do not promote underage drinking here on the Brightside (or run on sentences, but whatevs).
Hopefully that works better for you. Now that I'm done with the fluffy intro (which unfortunately likely comprises the most interesting part of the article) on to my completely subjective method of defining a franchise player. The table below depicts all of the All-NBA players from the last nine years. Why nine? Well, 2004-05 was the first year a player drafted in the 21st century made an All-NBA team. This analysis only looks at players drafted 2000 or later. I think this sample size provides a a fairly comprehensive look at the current (and even former) franchise players in the league. My arbitrary definition of a franchise player - someone who has made at least three All-NBA teams in his career.
Drafted 2000 or later and selected for at least three All-NBA teams. Note that many of the players on these lists were drafted prior to the 2000 draft. So here's our list - most selections to least.