Ranking the Top Threesomes in the NBA

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Ranking the Top Threesomes in the NBA
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In the NBA, it's no secret that three is a magic number.

And we're not talking about the near-record number of triples the Houston Rockets have launched this year.

We're talking about the recent formula for a Larry O'Brien trophy. Do the math.

Dwyane Wade + LeBron James + Chris Bosh = 2012 championship.

Paul Pierce + Ray Allen + Kevin Garnett = 2008 championship.

Kobe Bryant + Pau Gasol + Andrew Bynum = two championships.

Tim Duncan + Tony Parker + Manu Ginobili = four championships.

It's as elementary, my dear, as Schoolhouse Rock. (By the way, if you can find the 1997 Nike commercial with Total Max Uptempo shoes dangling from a chain net, set to this same Schoolhouse Rock song, please send me the link.)

With last year's number-five overall pick Thomas Robinson joining superstar James Harden and talented point guard Jeremy Lin, the Rockets just might have created their own version of that magical title formula.

Which begs the question: Which NBA teams have the best trio of players?

The first few are either incomplete threes, threes with problems or threes in progress. The top four trios (you would think I would have made it three, right?) are ranked.

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