With the Miami Heat losing Sunday night to the San Antonio Spurs, ending their run as two-time defending NBA Finals champions, the speculation of whether or not the Heat’s ‘Big 3’ era is over. Over or not, it got me thinking about, which is greatest basketball trio to ever form in NBA history. Today, I take a look at #10-8. Here we go!
10. Paul Pierce, Garnett, Ray Allen (Boston Celtics)
Coming in at number ten is the Boston Celtics trio of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. From 2007-12, this big three reached two NBA Finals and claimed one NBA title (2007-08). They turned the ship 180-degrees in their first year together, improving an NBA record 44 wins in the 2007-08 season, on verge to their only NBA title. The three guided the Celtics to a 273-121 regular season record and an additional 45 playoff wins during this span.
9. Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain (LA Lakers)
It’s strange to think these three never won an NBA Finals together but how it happened is even odder. Baylor retired nine games into the 1971 season due to nagging knee issues. The Lakers would not only go onto win the NBA Finals that year but the first game LA played without Baylor was their first of 33 wins in a row – an NBA record. If Baylor hung-on to finish the ’71 season, there’s no question they’d be higher on this list, but that’s not the case. This trio had plenty of talent, as the three guided the Lakers to two Finals in their three years together (1968-71) and are each NBA Hall of Famers. During their run, this Lakers’ big three combined 149-97 in three seasons.
8. LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade (Miami Heat)
Although it’s not official that this big three in Miami is over yet, if it were, they’d land at number eight on this list. The Heat reached four finals in four years, claiming two NBA titles in that span. With their best record coming in 2012 after going 66-16, the Heat own a 224-88 record since the trio joined forces in 2010. The Heat have had a tremendous run and I'm sure many will feel they belong higher on this list. I'd argue that despite their resume, they still have a lot to prove in order to move up. Going 50 percent in Finals in four-years may be okay with LeBron, but it won't cut it any better than eight in this all-time great NBA trio list. They may be only be a Ray Allen miss three in the 2013 Finals from sitting on this list with one ring, but nonetheless, the Heat brought a team that finished third in their division the previous two seasons before the trio formed and have put themselves in a position to compete in the Finals each year.
Here's a rundown for the rest of the week and when each ranking will be unveiled:
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