Luckiest Franchise of all time is whom?
To me it has to be the Lakers.
Here are some things to note.
Started off their franchise with George Mikan the best player in the league and won 3 titles with him in Minneapolis however.
Got the #1 pick in the 1958 draft and they took Elgin Baylor
Got the #2 pick in the 1960 draft and they took Jerry West
Preceded to then get Wilt Chamberlain in a trade and this is how they got him.
These were the players in the deal.
They then preceded to get Kareem in a deal who was in his prime at the time for this package.Jerry Chambers, Archie Clark, Darrall Imhoff for Wilt Chamberlain
Next off,Elmore Smith, Brian Winters, Dave Meyers, Junior Bridgeman, future considerations for Kareem
In 1979-1980 they got the #1 pick in the draft even though they were 47-35 the year before and they got Magic Johnson.
Lakers win the title that year as well.
The next year in 1980-1981 they go 54-28 and lose in the 1st round, but yet they get the #1 pick again in the draft.
In 1996 they get a top 3 Player in the League in Shaquille O'neal and trade Vlade for Kobe (who became great after a few years)
In 2007-2008 they trade for all star big man in Pau Gasol
It seems every decade they have great players and when I say great players I mean guys who are top 3 in the league in any given year. I don't think any other franchise has ever had that. Also they have been a championship team or contender every decade.
Some of the players they got in trades is downright highway robbery. How in the world can you get top 3 players all time in Kareem and Wilt for packages like that?
I don't think any other franchise has had that much luck especially not when the team was good and they still got #1 picks as well.