Roughly two years ago, LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami where they instantaneously altered the Heat's expectations as a team, but also became considered one of the best trios the NBA has ever seen before they even took the floor.
Here we are in 2012 and needless to say, these guys have done pretty well for themselves.
Things didn't go as smoothly as they would've liked during their first year, yet they still found themselves in the NBA Finals. And despite losing, they came right back next year and beat a very talented Oklahoma City Thunder team 4-1.
That being said, with years come time and with time comes age. It's time to face the truth and start looking at the facts.
Wade is 30 years old, will be 31 on January 17th. He's getting up there. Clearly, he's no longer the player that Shaq deemed "Flash" in 2006.
It was LeBron and Wade's athleticism that really made this trio special, right? Well, Flash is no longer a blur and has been plagued by injuries during this past year. One strike for the Heat.
I could down the list of positives and negatives for the Heat's Big Three, but ultimately it will bring me to the question of whether or not Miami still boasts the best big three in the NBA.
Let's take a look around the league at some of the other marquee trios.
As a matter of fact, Stoudemire has not played at all. Let's go ahead and scratch them off the list for now.
The Oklahoma City Thunder got rid of one of their big guns, and although they brought in Kevin Martin, who has been scoring very well for OKC this season, it's clear that the Thunder's Big 3 took a hit.
This is arguably the next best bunch, along with the Boston Celtics, that has the best chance of dethroning the Heat's Big Three as the best in the league. But there are just too many reasons why there's no beating out Miami Thrice right now.
For one, they still boast the best player in the league, LeBron James. He's the definition of a one-man wrecking crew, yet he still makes everyone around him better.
Although Wade's athleticism and skill set is slowly diminishing, he's still one of the best players in the league, with the ability to take over the game on both ends of the floor. That's really what sets these two guys, James and Wade, apart from the rest—their defense.
The forgotten man is Chris Bosh, yet he's arguably the most important piece to Miami's Big Three.
He stretches the floor for his superstar swingmen who love to attack the rim, and when he's called upon to finish at the rim himself, he does just that.
Mistakenly deemed as a soft big man, Bosh has proved to be the opposite of that. He provides the muscle inside for this team and does a lot of the dirty work that goes unnoticed.
Bosh is the guy who closes this discussion that has clarified why the Miami Heat still have the best Big Three in the NBA and will continue to as long as James, Bosh and Wade have something to say about it.