Major League Baseball unveiled the "Franchise Four" concept this year with fans voting for their favorites among a pool of candidates. So, how would this look for the NBA?
SiriusXM radio took to Twitter on Friday with their "Franchise Four" picks for each team. Some groups are stacked, like the Lakers and Celtics, and most have enough interesting names for bar room-type debates. Here's what they came up for the Washington Bullets/Wizards:
#Wizards: Earl Monroe, Wes Unseld, Elvin Hayes, Phil Chenier
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) July 17, 2015
Nobody will quibble over Hayes and Unseld, the two primary figures on the organization's one NBA championship in 1978. Earl "The Pearl" Monroe starred for the Baltimore Bullets and is one of four players whose jersey hangs inside the Verizon Center. Chenier was one of the league's top guards early in his career in the 70s before injuries limited his game and his lengthy broadcast career took off.
But, what if there were an actual vote for the Franchise Four? The MLB nominated eight players. If we accept Unseld, Hayes, Monroe and Chenier, who are the other options?
Gilbert Arenas - Yes, things ended badly, but the first four seasons with "Agent Zero" were a shot-making spectacle in the most positive of ways.
Bradley Beal - Three NBA seasons probably doesn't meet the minimum requirement, but Beal's strong performances in consecutive playoff trips makes him one to watch.
Walt Bellamy - Four seasons with the franchise included time in Chicago and Baltimore. All-time leader in scoring (27.6 points), rebounding (16.6) and minutes (41.6).
Bobby Dandridge - Clutch small forward for the Bullets teams reaching the NBA Finals in 1978 and 1979.
Antawn Jamison - Provided a calming and scoring presence on four straight playoff teams from 2005-08.
Gus Johnson - Joins Unseld, Hayes and Monoe as players with retired jerseys. Averaged at least 16.5 points in eight of his nine seasons with the Baltimore Bullets.
Jeff Malone - The two-time All-Star often served as the Bullets' leading man from 1983-90. Averaged a career-high 24.3 points during the 89-90 season.
John Wall - Two-time All-Star already ranks second in franchise history in assists. The force behind Washington's back-to-back appearances in Eastern Conference semifinals. Bet the house Wall makes the list if voting took place now.
Other potential candidates include Caron Butler, Bernard King, Jeff Ruland, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Rod Strickland, Nene, Kevin Loughery, Jack Marin and yes, Gheorge Mursean (but no on Michael Jordan).
Let us know your top 4 by sharing your ballot in the comments section.