Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have dominated the NBA for a long time, and this postseason hasn't exactly been an exception to that general rule of the thumb.
Thanks to the victories it has accumulated during the 2013 playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs trio has moved up the leaderboard and now has more postseason wins than all but one group of three players in the history of the Association. That's not too shabby, and they aren't done yet.
So, that begs the question: Where does this Big Three rank among the greatest NBA playoff trios of all time?
To approach this task, I had to set up a few ground rules. Two of them, in fact.
- All three players in the trio must be big-name studs. We don't want any glorified role players like Robert Horry in there. If you never made an All-Star team or were clearly past your prime from start to finish during your tenure with the trio, fuhgeddaboudit.
- Players can only appear once. That prevents all trios involving Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, as well as the litany of three-man groups that the Boston Celtics produced much earlier on in NBA history.
With that in mind, these are the 10 trios that have emerged ahead of the pack. Only two of them are active, but both have the potential to continue their ascents toward the coveted No. 1 spot.
Note: All stats came from Basketball-Reference's archives and are current through Tuesday, May 21.