Ever since the creation of the “Boston Three Party” in 2007, pitting three superstars together with the hopes of winning the NBA championship has become somewhat of a norm around the NBA.
Over the span of the last six years, teams such as the Miami Heat (LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade), New York Knicks (Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler) and Brooklyn Nets (Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez) have all done their best to emulate the success of the Boston Celtics in 2008.
Granted, the concept of three superstars playing together on one team has been around this league ever since the NBA formed. Teams such as the Los Angles Lakers of the 70’s (Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor), Boston Celtics of the 80’s (Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish) and Chicago Bulls of the 90’s (Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman), just to name a few, all had three superstars on their teams and all accomplished great things.
However, most of the superstars on these teams were not acquired through free agency and trades, rather they were drafted by their respective teams and developed their talents while sticking with the same teams throughout the majority of their careers.
Recently, as players have become more accustomed to switching teams on a regular basis, “Big Threes” have formed in more unconventional ways, as more and more superstars are not staying loyal to the teams that drafted them and are leaving the cities that they have spent their young careers in for more greener pastures.
The recent phenomenon of combining three superstars on one team got me thinking about what different combinations of players throughout NBA history would have been the most fun to watch together.
I have come up with what I feel would be the ten best mixtures of “Big Threes” using any players that have ever stepped foot on an NBA court.
I made sure that none of the players who I teamed up with one another have ever played together on an NBA team and I used each player no more then once throughout the entire slideshow.