NBA's 10 Best Future Big Threes Under the Age of 25
(This list will not feature any players who have made an All-Star game.)
Big Three's have become a trend in the NBA over the last five years. It's becoming more crucial for a team to have three superstars if they even want to dream about competing for a championship.
It started out with the Celtic's Big Three hooking up in Boston and winning a championship in 2008, and has led to superstars joining hands in Miami, New York, Los Angeles and recently in Brooklyn.
Other teams have developed there superstars and formed a Big Three of their own in a more "conventional" way.
For example, teams like the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls come to mind.
While all the previously mentioned Big Three's have already established themselves in the league, many other teams are developing multiple superstars of their own who could potentially transform into a Big Three as well.
This list will feature ten teams which possess up-and-coming players who, if they develop into their potential, could one day wear the crown of " the best Big Three in the NBA."
Philadelphia 76ers: Young, Turner and Holiday
Thaddeus Young: 12.8 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 1.02 SPG & 0.65 BPG
Evan Turner: 9.4 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 2.8 APG, 0.62 SPG & 0.31 BPG
Jrue Holiday: 13.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 4.5 APG, 1.58 SPG & 0.28 BPG
With Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams both out of town, the door is wide open for these young studs to take over this team, along with the newly acquired Andrew Bynum, and show Philadelphia what it's working with.
Young's athleticism and versatility will definitely help this team out as he develops his all-around basketball skills.
Turner's ball-handling, mid-range shot and defense will carry him as he continues to reach his potential.
Holiday, the floor general who is playing for a new contract, should light up the scoreboard even more as he develops his defensive skills and improves on his point guard abilities.
Denver Nuggets: Gallinari, Lawson and McGee
Danilo Gallinari: 14.6 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.7 APG, 0.98 SPG & 0.53 BPG
Ty Lawson: 16.4 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 6.6 APG, 1.34 SPG & 0.10 BPG
JaVale McGee: 11.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 0,5 APG, 0.57 SPG & 2.16 BPG
With Andre Iguodala, Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler already on their roster, in addition to these three young, potential superstars, the Nuggets have the chance to be one of the most dangerous teams in the league in the very near future.
Of course, in order for this to happen, they will need Lawson to continue to develop the way he has in his three years in the league and Gallinari and McGee to reach their full potential.
Lawson's numbers have improved across the board every year he has been in the league, and with his speed, energy and heart, there is no reason why this shouldn't happen once again next year.
Gallinari seems to be more of a great role player than a superstar. However, if he keeps shooting the way he is capable of and improves on his all-around game, there is no reason why he shouldn't be considered for the All-Star game down the road.
Physically, McGee already looks like a superstar. His leaping ability and long wingspan are not matched by many other players in the league. If his skill set catches up to his physical abilities, the rest of the league better watch out.
New Orleans Hornets: Gordon, Anderson and Davis
Eric Gordon: 20.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.44 SPG & 0.44 BPG
Ryan Anderson: 16.1 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 0.82 SPG & 0.43 BPG
Anthony Davis (college): 14.2 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 1.3 APG, 1.4 SPG & 4.7 BPG
After matching the Suns' offer sheet for Gordon, picking up Anderson from the Magic in a sign-and-trade and drafting Davis with the first pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Hornets will enter the upcoming season with high hopes for the future.
If Gordon continues to score the way he did prior to his injury last season and Anderson packed his shooting stroke along with the rest of his stuff on his was out of Orlando, the team will have nothing to worry on the offensive side of the ball.
On the defensive side of the ball, if Davis guards the perimeter the way he did in Kentucky during his one season of playing college basketball, the Hornets will find themselves winning more games than they lose in the very near future.
Sacramento Kings: Cousins, Evans and Robinson
DeMarcus Cousins: 18.1 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.45 SPG & 1.17 BPG
Tyreke Evans: 16.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 4.5 APG, 1.33 SPG & 0.46 BPG
Thomas Robinson (college): 17.7 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.1 SPG & 0.9 BPG
This group of young men, along with the group in Denver, excite me the most as a potential Big Three, as I believe they have the most potential.
If he could finally grow up and improve his attitude, many experts believe Cousins will be a perennial All-Star at the center position. He creates his own shots in the post, is a good rebounder and also helps his team by blocking and stealing the ball.
Evans has the potential to be an excellent all-around player in this league, if he could only improve on his attitude. He can score, pass and rebound very well but no team will take him seriously if his attitude doesn't improve.
The duo of Cousins and Evans can be one of the best in the league, but they need someone who could help them grow up.
The man plays harder than almost anyone on the court and despite his size, rebounds the ball at an excellent rate. His motor never stops running, as he possesses as much energy as almost any player in the league.
Hopefully he can find a way to change around the chemistry of this team.
If he can, then the rest of the league will take notice of the Sacramento Kings really soon!
Washington Wizards: Wall, Crawford and Beal
John Wall: 16.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 8.0 APG, 1.44 SPG & 0.86 BPG
Jordan Crawford: 14.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.0 APG, 0.92 BPG & 0.08 SPG
Bradley Beal (college): 14.8 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.4 SPG & 0.8 BPG
Wall is a stud and a superstar in the making. He possesses great play-making abilities, has good vision of the court, has quick hands and is good at getting to the basket.
Pairing him with Beal was an excellent decision by the Wizards, as Beal is an excellent shooter and can score in more ways than one. He is also a good rebounder if you take his height into consideration.
With Beal in the spotlight now, Crawford will be asked to come off the bench for the Wizards. If he is able to accept his role as a bench player, he'll easily still average double figures in terms of points, as scoring is by far his main strength.
Golden State Warriors: Curry, Thompson and Barnes
Stephen Curry: 14.7 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 5.3 APG, 1.50 SPG & 0.31 BPG
Klay Thompson: 12.5 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.74 SPG & 0.30 BPG
Harrison Barnes (college): 17.1 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.1 APG, 1.1 SPG & 0.3 BPG
The 2011-12 season saw Curry struggle to stay on the court due to injuries and Thompson emerge as a quality starter after the team traded away Monta Ellis.
This upcoming season, the Warriors are hoping to make the playoffs. In order for that to happen, the team will have to hope that Curry takes the leap from quality starter to superstar. With his beautiful jump shot and good vision of the court, this is a definite possibility, as long as he is able to stay healthy.
In addition, if they plan on making the playoffs, the team will need Thompson to continue to shoot the way he did in the second half of last season and Barnes to utilize his strength, smarts and pretty jump shot to compete with the rest of the field for the Rookie of the Year award.
Utah Jazz: Hayward, Favors and Kanter
Gordon Hayward: 11.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 3.1 APG, 0.80 SPG & 0.62 BPG
Derrick Favors: 8.8 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 0.58 SPG & 1.00 BPG
Enes Kanter: 4.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 0.27 SPG & 0.35 BPG
These three youngster will continue to develop their skills for the Utah Jazz this upcoming season while the team relies on Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson, along with newcomer Mo Williams, to carry the load for at least one more year.
In the meantime, the team will gladly accept Hayward's sweet stroke, Favors' athleticism and Kanter's defense and solid post game as they attempt to make the playoffs in the loaded Western Conference.
Detroit Pistons: Knight, Monroe and Drummond
Brandon Knight: 12.8 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.8 APG, 0.74 SPG & 0.15 BPG
Greg Monroe: 15.4 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.26 SPG & 0.70 BPG
Andre Drummond (college): 10.0 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 0.8 SPG & 2.7 BPG
With the Detroit Pistons definitely in rebuilding mode, the team is relying on these three players to reach their full potential if they plan on competing for a championship in the future.
Monroe played very well last season following his rookie year, and the team would definitely be happy if Monroe improved his numbers across the board this upcoming season as he did last season.
Knight played some good basketball last season as well, mainly showcasing a nice jump shot and decent defense. If he could improve his play-making abilities, he will be considered a very good point guard in this league very soon.
A very good defensive player, thanks a lot to his size, strength and athleticism, Drummond will have to improve his offensive skills if he wants to be taken seriously in this league.
Charlotte Bobcats: Henderson, Walker and Kidd-Gilchrist
Gerald Henderson: 15.1 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.89 SPG & 0.36 BPG
Kemba Walker: 12.1 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.4 APG, 0.91 SPG & 0.30 BPG
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (college): 11.9 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.0 SPG & 0.9 BPG
If there is one thing that Bobcats can look forward to this upcoming season, it's watching their three best players hopefully develop into All-Stars sometime in future.
The Bobcats are coming off literally the worst season in NBA history, so things could only get better from here.
If Henderson continues to use his athleticism and continues to develop his already solid mid-range game, things can't get any worse than last season.
If Walker continues to attack the rim with his speed and develops his play-making abilities, things can't get any worse than last season.
If Kidd-Gilchrist brings his all-around skills and defensive abilities over from Kentucky, things can't get worse than last season.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Irving, Thompson and Waiters
Kyrie Irving: 18.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 5.4 APG, 1.06 SPG & 0.39 BPG
Tristan Thompson: 8.2 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.45 SPG & 1.03 BPG
Dion Waiters (college): 12.6 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.8 SPG & 0.3 BPG
With Irving, the reigning Rookie of the Year, on their roster, the Cavaliers have a bright future ahead as they try to build a future and get over the departure of LeBron James.
Irving possesses great play-making abilities and is very good at driving to the basket.
Put him together with Dion Waiters, a young, strong shooting guard and Tristan Thompson, an athletic defender with high energy, and the Cavaliers' future looks brighter than most people thought it would.
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