The NBA stars who elevated their teams the most

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The NBA stars who elevated their teams the most

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The NBA stars who elevated their teams the most

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In the NBA more than in any other sports league, a single star can help elevate a team from bottom-dweller to perennial playoff contender due to their just being five players from each squad on the court at all times.

As such, in the past, some franchises have seen huge boosts to their winning percentages merely by adding one superstar to their lineup from one-year to the next.

For our list, we picked stars and teams they were heavily associated with.

Of course, it’s not all about a single player, as some teams were lucky to pair their stars with other studs. For example, the Los Angeles Clippers added Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan at the same time as Chris Paul… but still. It’s clear the team was elevated most by the future Hall-of-Fame point guard’s addition.

Below, NBA stars who elevated their teams’ winning percentages the most… followed by others who did not as much.

Chris Paul with Clippers: +30.6 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 68.5 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 37.9 percent

LeBron James with Cavaliers: +22.8 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 64.3 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 41.5 percent

Wilt Chamberlain with 76ers: +22.8 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 73.3 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 50.4 percent

Michael Jordan with Bulls: +22.4 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 68.7 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 46.3 percent

Kevin Garnett with Timberwolves: +21.9 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 52.9 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 31.0 percent

Stephen Curry with Warriors: +20.5

Franchise winning percentage with him: 66.2 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 45.7percent

Dirk Nowitzki with Mavericks: +19.1 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 60.2 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 41.1 percent

Julius Erving with 76ers: +18.5 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 67.3 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 48.8 percent

Larry Bird with Celtics: +17.1 percent

Larry Bird vs. Michael Cooper

Franchise winning percentage with him: 73.6 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 56.5 percent

Magic Johnson with Lakers: +17.1 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 74.0 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 56.8 percent

Wes Unseld with Bullets: +16.8 percent

Wes Unseld vs. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Franchise winning percentage with him: 58.5 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 41.7 percent

Tim Duncan with Spurs: +16.6 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 71.9 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 55.3 percent

Karl Malone with Jazz: +16.3 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 64.1 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 47.8 percent

Elvin Hayes with Bullets: +15.6%

Franchise winning percentage with him: 58.4 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 42.8 percent

John Stockton with Jazz: +15.6 percent

John Stockton vs. Chicago Bulls

Franchise winning percentage with him: 63.4 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 47.8 percent

Shaquille O'Neal with Lakers: +15.2 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 73.3 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 58.2 percent

Bill Russell with Celtics: +15.1 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 71.7 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 56.6 percent

Dwight Howard with Magic: +14.2 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 58.6 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 44.4 percent

Moses Malone with 76ers: +13.7 percent

Moses Malone, Philadelphia 76ers

Franchise winning percentage with him: 64.4 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 50.7 percent

Steve Nash with Suns: +13.6 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 63.8 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 50.3 percent

James Harden with Rockets: +13.5 percent

James Harden, Houston Rockets

Franchise winning percentage with him: 64.5 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 51.0 percent

Chris Paul with Hornets: +12.8 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 55.5 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 42.8 percent

Patrick Ewing with Knicks: +11.6 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 57.8 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 46.3 percent

Isiah Thomas with Pistons: +11.4 percent

Isiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons

Franchise winning percentage with him: 57.9 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 46.5 percent

Gary Payton with SuperSonics: +10.7 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 62.5 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 51.8 percent

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Lakers: +10.4 percent

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers

Franchise winning percentage with him: 68.0 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 57.6 percent

Dwyane Wade with Heat: +10.3 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 58.6 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 48.4 percent

Oscar Robertson with Royals: +10.1 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 54.4 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 44.3 percent

Clyde Drexler with Trail Blazers: +9.7 percent

Clyde Drexler, Portland Trail Blazers

Franchise winning percentage with him: 61.2 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 51.5 percent

Hakeem Olajuwon with Rockets: +8.9 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 59.4 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 50.5 percent

David Robinson with Spurs: +8.8 percent

David Robinson dunk

Franchise winning percentage with him: 68.2 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 59.4 percent

Dominique Wilkins with Hawks: +8.6 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 56.5 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 47.9 percent

Rick Barry with Warriors: +8.5 percent

Rick Barry, Golden State Warriors

Franchise winning percentage with him: 55.8 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 47.2 percent

Russell Westbrook with Thunder: +8.3 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 61.0 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 52.7 percent

Reggie Miller with Pacers: +8.0 percent

Reggie Miller celebrates

Franchise winning percentage with him: 55.2 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 47.2 percent

John Havlicek with Celtics: +7.4 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 64.9 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 57.5 percent

Charles Barkley with 76ers: +6.9 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 57.7 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 50.8 percent

Wilt Chamberlain with Warriors: +6.1 percent

Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors

Franchise winning percentage with him: 53.8 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 47.7 percent

Jerry West with Lakers: +5.1 percent

Jerry West vs. Knicks, 1973

Franchise winning percentage with him: 63.8 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 58.7 percent

Kevin Durant with Thunder: +4.8 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 58.3 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 53.6 percent

Kobe Bryant with Lakers: +3.3 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 62.1 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 58.8 percent

Vince Carter with Raptors: +2.6 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 49.9 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 47.2 percent

Damian Lillard with Trail Blazers: +2.5 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 55.7 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 53.2 percent

Giannis Antetokounmpo with Bucks: +0.2 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 52.1 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 51.9 percent

Anthony Davis with Pelicans: -0.3 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 46.4 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 46.6 percent

Tracy McGrady with Magic: -0.6 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 47.5 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 48.0 percent

Moses Malone with Rockets: -0.6 percent

Moses Malone, Houston Rockets

Franchise winning percentage with him: 52.4 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 53.0 percent

Allen Iverson with 76ers: -1.2 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 50.6 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 51.7 percent

Paul Pierce with Celtics: -4.0 percent

Franchise winning percentage with him: 55.9 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 59.9 percent

Elgin Baylor with Lakers: -4.3 percent

Elgin Baylor vs. Boston Celtics

Franchise winning percentage with him: 55.9 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 60.2 percent

George Gervin with Spurs: -6.8 percent

George Gervin, San Antonio Spurs

Franchise winning percentage with him: 56.4 percent
Franchise winning percentage without him: 63.2 percent

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