In this slide show article, I am power ranking each NBA teams best three players, based on:
Points Per Game, (PPG)
Assists Per Game (APG)
Offensive Rebounds Per Game (ORPG)
in that order.
This is using the most current roster information, trade information, and raw data from the 2009-2010 season.
There are no speculations, no "what if's" and no excuses.
As of right now going into the season, some of these teams are at a disadvantage as they either lost, or added key pieces to there "Big 3."
Some teams that I would like to mention are:
1) Miami Heat - The addition of LeBron James and Chris Bosh should likely rank them Top 3 at the end of the season.
2) Chicago Bulls, with the addition of Carlos Boozer, should be a nice 1-2 punch.
3) The Utah Jazz numbers reflected are without Boozer, or the addition of Al Jefferson, as they are yet to play together.
4) New York Knicks will also more then likely be ranked higher depending on how Amar'e Stoudemire does.
5) Boston has literally a "Big 4," as Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen all put up solid numbers for a team with so much talent.
*** These numbers in no way determine how a team will finish in the regular season or playoffs. This is just something to rank each teams "Big 3" as of today, going into the season. I will more then likely do this again, around All-Star Break, and again once the regular season ends, to make it fair to teams that are at a disadvantage right now. (Miami, Chicago, Utah, New York) ***
I hope you all enjoy this.
If there are any concerns, please let me know!
Toronto Raptors - Rank in at No. 30
Dead last in the "Big 3" department.
Trio total: 38.9 PPG, 12.1 APG, 2 ORPG
Side note: With the loss of Chris Bosh and Hedo Turkoglu, other players will need to step up.
Cleveland Cavaliers rank in at No. 29, which is about right.
Trio total: 40.2 PPG, 7.7 APG, 4.4 ORPG
Side note - We can't factor in LeBron James, as he decided to take his talents to South Beach, which basically cripples them offensively.
Will a new Cavaliers team emerge from this? Is the seven-year run over?
I know what day I have marked on my calendar - Dec. 2 - Miami at Cleveland.
Minnesota Timberwolves - Coming in at No. 28, without their No. 1 scorer, is pretty good.
Trio total: 40.5 PPG, 9.1 APG, 5.0 ORPG
Side note - Al Jefferson being traded away hurts this team ...
New York Knicks - At No. 27, what can you expect?
They are in the rebuilding process. Who knows, maybe this offseason coming up, Carmelo Anthony will take his talents to New York, and form his own "Super Friends" group.
Right now, the trio is:
Trio total: 42.3 PPG, 5.2 APG, 2.8 ORPG
Side note - Loss of David Lee, addition of Amar'e Stoudemire will have them a lot higher by next season.
Phoenix Suns come in at No. 26, simply for the fact they lost there number one scorer in Amar'e Stoudemire.
If Hedo Turkoglu can step up and be the Turkish Michael Jordan that some people claim he is, then he will excel with Steve Nash.
Trio total: 43.5 PPG, 15.2 APG, 2.3 ORPG
Side note - Stoudemire gone ... there are some big shoes to fill.
Miami Heat come in at No. 25, but not for long.
You see that grin on Dwyane Wade's face? He knows he has got some talented back up coming in.
Wade, along with Chris Bosh and LeBron James form the New "Big 3," "Miami Thrice," "Super Friends" ... whatever you wanna call them.
As of right now though, the current trio is:
Trio total: 43.6 PPG, 10.6 APG, 3.8 ORPG
Side note - With the addition of James and Bosh, the Heat will be Top 5 by All-Star Break.
Charlotte Bobcats come in at No. 24, hopefully within the season, they can rise to No. 23 and honor their owner ;)
Trio total : 44.3 PPG, 6.6 APG, 3.5 ORPG
Side note - Raymond Felton was the third part of this trio.
Utah Jazz - With Robin (Carlos Boozer) deciding to try his luck in the Eastern Conference with Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls, Batman (Deron Williams) will soon get a partner once again. Al Jefferson puts up similar numbers to Boozer, so there should be a jump up in ranks by All-Star break.
The current trio is:
Trio total: 44.4 PPG, 14.8 APG, 3.8 ORPG
Philadelphia 76ers - Ranking No. 22 isn't to bad, is it?
Trio total: 44.9 PPG, 11.4 APG, 3.3 ORPG
New Jersey Nets - If Brook Lopez can stay free of "The Kissing Disease" (Mono) he will have a promising season. He is now going to be surrounded by the most talent he has ever had. Hopefully the Russian billionaire owner can land a Tier 1 level player to complement this young talented team.
Trio total: 48.2 PPG, 10.6 APG, 4.5 ORPG
Side note - This team added a lot of pieces, so expect them to win more than 12 games next year.
Detroit Pistons come in at No. 20.
Trio total: 48.5 PPG, 11.9 APG, 2.0 OFPG
Boston Celtics - The Original "Big 3." 'Nuff said
Trio total : 48.9 PPG, 8.4 APG, 2.2 ORPG
In all fairness, this team is literally a Big 4. They all play so well off each other.
Orlando Magic at No. 18 you ask? Yeah, I was kinda confused as well.
Considering all three of these guys are paid like mega superstars, (coughrashardcough!) they should be good for at least 54-57 points between them next season.
Trio total: 49.0 PPG, 6.4 APG, 4.8 ORPG
Side note - Orlando has a big interstate rivalry brewing, so expect them to all step up next season.
Chicago Bulls come in at No. 17 without Carlos Boozer. With Boozer, this is easily the most talented Bulls team assembled since the departure of Michael Jordan.
I expect to see a deep playoff runs from here on out from this young team.
Trio total : 49.1 PPG, 10.1 APG, 6.1 ORPG
Side note - The addition of Boozer will increase stats, and could put the new trio, around the 55 points per game mark.
Los Angeles Clippers - They have always seem to be one key piece away from being a great team. Hopefully Blake Griffin stays healthy and injury free to be that piece.
Trio total: 50.3 PPG, 12.6 APG, 3.5 ORPG
Indiana Pacers come in at No. 15.
Trio total : 50.4 PPG, 6.9 APG, 5.1 ORPG
San Antonio Spurs come in at No. 14. Fitting for a group of veterans and up-and-coming talent.
Where will Tony Parker land when it's time? Back with the Spurs? Maybe take his talents to New York and form a Big 3 with Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony?
Anyhow, the current trio is:
Trio total - 50.4 PPG, 13.8 APG, 3.8 ORPG
Side note: San Antonio brought in Tiago Splitter, so that either puts Duncan back at power forward, or Splitter on the bench? Could be a scary sight to see both on the floor at the same time.
Sacramento Kings - Up-and-coming. Do not underestimate this team. I am not saying they are championship caliber, but they definitely are good enough to win more than 25 games (last season)
Trio total: 50.9 PPG, 11.3 APG, 3.8 ORPG
Side note - With the additions of Samuel Dalembert and rookie DeMarcus Cousins, these guys can make some noise in the west now.
Milwaukee Bucks come in at No. 12.
Trio total: 51.4 PPG, 11.8 APG, 4.2 ORPG
Side note - with the addition of Corey Maggette and Andrew Bogut coming back, it might be time to fear the deer. They had a decent play off run, considering they didn't have Bogut.
Washington Wizards - I hope people can get past the whole gun charge thing. It broke up a great team. Sent Antawn Jamison to Cleveland, and Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson and Brendan Haywood to Dallas.
People are wondering - how is Gilbert Arenas going to co-exist with John Wall? Time will tell, but Wall is the point guard of the future. That is for sure.
Trio total: 52.1 PPG, 10.3 APG, 3.5 ORPG
Side note - Additions of Wall and JaVale McGee should add a nice 1-2 punch to this offense. McGee is getting some good playing time with Team USA, as he is taking Brook Lopez's spot. Plus the fact that McGee's mother was a WNBA All-Star can't hurt.
New Orleans Hornets - I really hope they build around Chris Paul, so Paul doesn't decide to take his talents elsewhere.
Trio total: 52.2 PPG, 15.3 APG, 3.4 ORPG
Side note - Paul is back and ready to go ... hopefully not to another team!
Portland Trail Blazers - No. 9 ... nothing left to say except STAY HEALTHY!
Trio total: 53.4 PPG, 12.3 APG, 4.6 ORPG
Side note - a healthy dose of Portland can be contenders in the West.
Atlanta Hawks - All I can really say about them is, stop choking in the playoffs. They have a ton of talent, at all positions, and have seemed to choke the last two years in the playoffs.
Trio total: 55 PPG, 12.1 APG, 4.2 ORPG
Houston Rockets - With glass foot Yao Ming back, the Rockets are poised to make a return to the playoffs.
Trio total: 57.1 PPG, 9.8 APG, 3.4 ORPG
Side note - With Ming back in the starting five, these numbers should all go up.
Memphis Grizzlies at No. 6? Surprised? Well this young core group of players can ball. They will make the playoffs this year.
Trio total: 57.9 PPG, 6.7 APG, 6.2 ORPG
Side note - With Rudy Gay signing a huge contract, I think it's time to step up and start earning your keep - 25-plus points a night.
Golden State Warriors - No. 5
In that picture, young Stephen Curry is telling Kobe Bryant, "I am here to dethrone you." The look on Kobe's face says the rest.
Trio total: 58.2 PPG, 14.0 APG, 2.1 ORPG
Side note: Up-and-coming group, great talent.
Dallas Mavericks - Poised to have another solid season, Dirk Nowitski leads the way on this stacked Dallas team. Hopefully they don't get whipped on this year in the playoffs, like San Antonio did to them last year.
Trio total: 59.1 PPG, 6.3 APG, 2 ORPG
Side note - The addition of Tyson Chandler could increase these numbers.
Los Angeles Lakers - The picture above gives more words then I can ever. The thought likely going through Kobe Bryant's head - "You're going to have to rip this from my dead body." Smile now champ, as come October it will be back to business like usual.
The defending champs have re-tooled and are rehabilitating and getting ready for the challenges that lay ahead. Ready or not, here they come!
Trio total: 60.3 PPG, 9.4 APG, 7.5 ORPG
Side note - Bryant and Bynum are both coming back off of knee surgeries.
Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 2. Yes, those three are that good. Look for them to have a better season then last year. Could they hit 55 wins? It's absolutely possible.
Trio total: 61.3 PPG, 12.4 APG, 4.4 ORPG
Side note - These players are young and only gonna get better. You are looking at the future of the NBA.
Denver Nuggets - Yes, the Nuggets are the No. 1 trio from the 2009-2010 season. They have outscored any other trio currently intact in the NBA.
Trio total : 62.4 PPG, 11.7 APG, 4.1 ORPG
Side note - Carmelo is in his contract year (2010-2011), good or bad? Could he be taking his talents to New York?