Battle of the NBA Big Threes: Which Team's Core Is Best in Show?

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Battle of the NBA Big Threes: Which Team's Core Is Best in Show?
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An argument that constantly crops up between buddies in a bar or some guys going to a basketball game is over who the best "Big Three" is in the NBA. If you're to take it all on face value the obvious answer is the Miami Heat.

The Heat have three of the 25 best players in the NBA, and the oldest of the three is 30-year-old Dwyane Wade, so it's not like they're running out a bunch of geriatrics like the Los Angeles Lakers.

To start a more interesting argument, the question about which of the league's best "Big Three" combinations would win in a 3-on-3 tournament. That's a horse of a different color right there.

In a situation where we're comparing 3-on-3 chops the argument goes beyond who is the best group to build a team around, but we're getting a kind of pick-up game comparison between each team's top three guys.

Obviously it's a little bit different than a straight-up matchup between two guys; there's a certain amount of teamwork involved, but it's very different than a regular basketball game.

So, let's run out the eight best top three groups, ranked according to whatever crazy categories I've got in my mind, throw 'em up against each other in a fictional game to 21 (by ones and twos, win by two, of course), and see who comes out on top.

It's a single-elimination tournament and we're assuming full health of everybody involved, so that means Derrick Rose and Amar'e Stoudemire get to play.

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