Chemistry is a vital ingredient for any superstar team with an NBA championship on the mind. It also doesn't develop overnight.
But when it does develop, a la the Miami Heat since February 2013? Hide yo' wife, hide yo' kids, because the rest of the basketball world hardly stands a chance.
It's no coincidence that the Heat are riding a franchise-record 21-game winning streak with the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. All three appeared to finally hit their stride in February, with James in particular putting up some of the most video game-esque numbers of his career.
The Oklahoma City Thunder, pre-James Harden trade, represented another recent example of what the power of three superstar-caliber players in harmony can do. In the 2012 playoffs, the Thunder trumped the San Antonio Spurs' Big Three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, this era's original Big Three.
With three superstars playing side by side, defenses are left powerless to stop everyone at once. Want to throw a double-team at James or Wade? Bosh will be more than happy to drill a wide-open mid-range jumper.
Coaching, strategy and effort all help, but in the end, basketball comes down to talent. Whichever team has the more talented players on the floor will walk away victoriously more often than not (unless their coach is named Mike D'Antoni).
While the Los Angeles Lakers may be defying this rule, the other NBA teams with multiple superstars—the Heat, Thunder, Spurs, New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers—have been largely dominant this year.
There's a reason teams go all-out to acquire superstars.