By Aaron Young (Maverick Stampede)
When LeBron did his hour special to announce that “[he’s] taking [his] talents to South Beach,” he reincarnated the Big 3. He joined forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and talked BIG: “Not 1, not 2, not 3….” They didn’t get 7, but they did give Miami 2 years to remember with 2 rings to showcase. Since then players have created coalitions across the league in order to lift up the Larry O’Brien trophy, whether it be Big 3’s, 4’s or 5’s (Warriors).
Here we look at five Big 3’s in no order necessary, because that would be rather challenging and because the original Big 3 was already mentioned, they won’t be listed.
- LeBron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving
The other Big 3 with LBJ. Wiggins was originally in this coalition before being traded for Kevin Love. When LBJ said, “I’m coming home,” Cleveland was ecstatic. The King took his throne back and delivered his promise of bringing the city a championship. Don’t forget the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals. As we know, Irving would eventually go to Boston and LBJ to LA, leaving a vulnerable Love up for trade consideration. Nevertheless, LBJ knows how to get the job done with recruiting.
- Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins
What is an article without some love for the Timberwolves? Despite tension between teammates and internal issues, these three are, for the time being, the core of the Timberwolves. Butler is a workhorse and top three two-way player in the game, while Towns is as promising as they come. Meanwhile, Wiggins is a beast to be reckoned with whenever he decides he isn’t bored and actually wants to play.
- Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz (?)
I am not so certain about the last name being included here, but Fultz is more important to the Sixers than Dario Saric. Embiid is a monster in the paint and can shoot 3’s. Simmons has had comparisons to the King and shows no signs of inability to fill those shoes. The 76er’s have a bright future with rings to come.
- Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Russell Westbrook
This will more than likely not be the look for the Thunder, as it looks like Melo is either going to be a member of the Heat or Rockets. However, even with a knockout against Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz, these three did show signs of hope. PG13 announced he is OKC bound for four years. Westbrook is a future HoF member. We shall see what their future brings.
- Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili
One cannot simply write a blog about Big 3’s without the legends of San Antonio. Duncan is a top three PF in NBA history and a Hall of Famer. He is one of four players to have played for one team for 19+ years in NBA. Parker will not be finishing his career in SA, but the man made his mark on their history. Lastly, Manu Ginobili, aka the Bat killer, threw back the clock in the playoffs a few years ago. He can still drill 3’s, that’s got to be worth something.