How Miami Heat's Big 4 Is Easily the NBA's Most Unstoppable Quartet

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistNovember 4, 2012

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 30: Ray Allen #34 of the Miami Heat shoots against the Boston Celtics at American Airlines Arena on October 30, 2012 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The Oklahoma City Thunder broke theirs up, the Los Angeles Lakers' is struggling out of the gate, the Boston Celtics' is too old and everyone else is trotting out a big three, a big two and a half or even just a big one.

The Miami Heat, however, have put together a team with four players who are capable of completely taking over and dominating a game.

After a game in which LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen combined for an amazing 97 points, 24 rebounds and 18 assists to go along with a handful of blocks and steals, it's clear that Miami's top four are a special bunch.

What Miami has is a top four that can take over a game in four different ways.

LeBron is capable of going on a scoring barrage in isolation, or he can end a game with double-digit assists. Wade can go on a hot streak with the ball in his hands. Bosh can take you down with a flurry of mid-range jumpers and jump hooks. Ray Allen can three-ball you into a coma.

The scary thing about this Heat team is that they can do all of that in the same game. They just did that against the Denver Nuggets

Bosh took the offensive load in his hands for the first three quarters, LeBron was an excellent facilitator, Wade scored some huge key buckets down the stretch and Allen put down six threes, including the decisive four-point play at the end of the game.

It's hard to imagine a game in which all four of these guys are incapable of doing what makes them dangerous; they're just too explosive.

Although, that exact thing pretty much just happened against the New York Knicks. LeBron went slightly passive, Bosh couldn't contend with Tyson Chandler's ball denial, Wade didn't demand the ball on a night when he was their best player and Allen was unable to get free.

How many teams have two top-12 players and a big man who can take on the scoring load and put down 40 points in a game?

It's not impossible to stop this team. Mike Woodson's game plan on Friday night was impeccable, but doing so in a seven-game series once the playoffs come around seems impossible.

Compare this team to the rest of the league's teams that boast a group of top-four players who legitimately need to be talked about.

Oklahoma City had one with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Serge Ibaka, but after trading Harden, the Thunder have gone from a team with a great top four to a team with a great top three and a really good fourth option in Kevin Martin.

The Los Angeles Lakers could end up rivaling Miami, but after seeing them through their first three games, it seems like they've got a lot of work to do. Plus, an injury to Steve Nash could delay them in developing the chemistry necessary to become a great team.

Boston's quartet of Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry is formidable, but it boasts three guys who are at least 34 years old. The Celtics may end up being able to compete, but their age will always be a concern.

The NBA is full of teams capable of trotting out one or two very good players on any given night. A few teams can throw together a trio that is quite formidable, but few teams in the league have a roster with four All-Star-level talents.

Miami has its faults. It lacks a true big man capable of staunch defense down low, something that is obvious after its victory over Denver. After Allen, the bench is suspect, but these are small issues dwarfed by the dominance that is LeBron, Wade, Bosh and Allen.

Is it a guarantee that they'll win another title this season? Absolutely not, but having the most dominant quartet in the league is a great luxury to have.