We have witnessed the way NBA teams are built over the last three decades.
In the 80’s, teams with three, sometimes four hall-of-famers dominated the league. Magic Johnson’s “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers, Larry Bird’s Boston Celtics, and Joe Dumars and the “Bad Boy” Detroit Pistons.
Then, in the 90’s, teams often showcased superstar duos. During this time, the Chicago Bulls featured Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. The Rockets had Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon, and the Jazz had Karl Malone and John Stockton.
Now, in this era of basketball, superstar duos are no longer enough to win a championship. NBA franchises are now building their teams around star triumvirates to be considered elite.
Now, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups are headed to New York to form a big three with Amare Stoudemire.
Who are the best big threes in the NBA?
Let’s take a look.