Many aspects of life has trends. Just sit back for a second and think about it. Music trends changes typically in periods of decades. Clothing styles are also very trendy. Twitter is all about what is trending.
Every trend has to have a source, a birth, a beginning. The NBA is no different. Style of play seems to be perhaps the most trendy thing in the league outside of maybe the shoes they play in.
One of the newer trends in the NBA is the development of a “Big Three.” A big three can be a relative term. According to NBA 2K18 GM Mode, it is three players on the same roster rated 85 or higher. A big three could be seen as having three all-stars on roster together as a minimum requirement.
The most memorable, perceived origin of the big three would be in Miami with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. That Miami Heat team assembled their big three to beat the original big three: the Boston Celtics. Let’s not forget Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen teaming up to win their championship.
So the trend has been set, and big threes are forming all over the NBA. Let’s explore the best big threes in the Southwest Division this upcoming season. So coming in at No. 4 in the division is the Memphis Grizzlies.
Gone are the days of the “Core Four” of Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Tony Allen, and Zach Randolph. It was obvious that it would soon end when Robert Pera took over and began to bond with Gasol and Conley.
The search for that third piece of a big three led to the signing of Chandler Parsons, which at the time looked to be like a great move. Who knows, if Parsons had stayed healthy, it might have worked out, but that has not been the case. Tyreke Evans served honorably in that role last season but Conley was not able to join the party due to his heel injury.
This season, its understood that Parsons is not going to be the Houston Rockets version that hit 10 threes against his current team. There is no longer any false hope that he could be. The Grizz turned to free agency again for the third straight season to find the missing member of their Big Three.
Kyle Anderson was thrusted into a starting role during the Kawhi Leonard circus with the San Antonio Spurs. He filled in admirably on the defensive end, but he is not the volume scorer that the Klaw is. With an attempt to return to Grit ’N’ Grind, Anderson is an excellent idea on paper to slot between Conley and Gasol.
Gasol is an All-Star and Conley should be one. Unfortunately, Gasol is exiting his prime and Conley is coming off missing a season for injury. This trio might be one of the best Big Threes on the defensive end or even in basketball IQ in the league. No matter, they are offensively and athletically limited.
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