Russell, Cousy, Havlicek: Best "Big 3" Ever

Brian HutchisonCorrespondent INovember 19, 2008

Here it is guys. All of this "Big Three" talk in Boston got me thinking. I believe these are the best "Big Three's" in the history of the league.

I hope I didn't leave any obvious teams out. Please leave a comment if you think I am missing someone or if you think I am way off base with whom I have mentioned below. I will be waiting to back up any of my picks with rock hard stats. Let's hear some feedback!

I also want to mention that I looked very closely at all three players. Every player on my list is a part of the "50 Greatest Players of All-Time." These guys are all legends of the game and have made the league what it is. (This is the reason why I don't have Jordan and Pippen in my top three.)

Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, and John Havlicek

The Boston Celtics dominated the NBA during the late 1950's and early 1960's. It was largely due to these three hall of fame players. There are 25 NBA championship rings owned between these three men. All three are a part of the "50 Greatest Players of All-Time." All three have won finals MVP's. There will never again be a greater dynasty than what these three guys have put together in Boston.

Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy

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The Los Angeles Lakers were considered one of the greatest teams of all-time during the "Showtime Years" in the 1980's. They won five titles in 11 years. Magic and Kareem are widely considered two of the greatest players to have ever played the game.

This usually leaves Worthy go unnoticed. What people don't know is that Worthy made seven all-star teams during his career, and landed himself the NBA finals MVP in 1988. These three outstanding players have 17 NBA championship rings between them.

Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, and Dave DeBusschere

These three players will always be remembered by winning the NBA championship in the 1969-70 season. In this magical season, the Knicks won a then-NBA record 18 wins in a row. One of the most famous moments in history came in game seven of that championship series when team captain, Willis Reed, limped out onto the court after tearing a muscle in his leg the previous game.

The New York Knicks won another championship again in 1973. Many believe they should have won more, but it's also not their fault they had to play in the era dominated by the Celtics and Lakers. All three men are Hall of Fame players, and are all included in the "50 Greatest Players of All-Time."

Other notable "Big 3's"

Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor

Larry Bird, Robert Parrish, Kevin McHale

Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman

Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton, Detlef Schremph

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili