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. So let’s explore the best big threes in the Southwest Division this upcoming season.

Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks unfortunately take the title of having the worst big three in the Southwest Division:

DeAndre Jordan

Photo via @DeAndre on Twitter

Harrison Barnes

Photo via @hbarnes on Instagram

Luka Doncic

Photo Credit: @Luka7Doncic on Twitter

There are a few reasons these three come up last in the division. For starters, their third best player is a rookie. Their best two players are elite role players and not stars. That’s right, DeAndre Jordan is a role player, certainly an elite one. He offers nothing more than blocked shots, rebounds, and catching lobs. Jordan can’t shoot free throws or outside the paint at all. He will never be able to take over a game and lead the team.

Harrison Barnes is also not a star but an elite role player. While on the Golden State Warriors it was most evident that he is best suited as a role player. Harrison, at times, can win a game for your team, but he is not consistently performing like a player that would be considered more than a role player.

More factors to the ranking

Another factor is minutes. These three men have played a total of zero minutes together in a game, therefore, chemistry will need to be developed over time. Every other team in the division has at least two of their big three playing minutes together previously.

Jordan is an All-Star, yes. Harrison Barnes is an NBA Champion, yes. Luka Doncic could win the Rookie of the Year, yes. However. . .

Jordan was an all-star because Chris Paul made him better. Barnes is a champion because he played for one of the best teams in recent memory. Doncic, well a rookie is a rookie. He will have a learning curve no matter how good he is.

This big three ultimately has a low ceiling. While they may fit well together as a unit, which is to be determined, there is only so far this core will be able to go, and it’s not competing for titles.

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On April 15, 1990 I walked out the womb with an Atlanta Braves hat, Ole Miss Rebels football jersey, and Memphis Grizzlies basketball shorts (yea predicted the future) on. All I have ever known or talked about my entire life is sports. The only video games I have ever played are Madden, NBA LIVE or 2K, NCAA Football (rest in peace), or MLB 2K (also RIP). I know the height, position, and college of every player in the NBA, yet I couldn’t remember anything in biology class in high school or college. I have dominated fantasy baseball leagues for years because of my farm system knowledge and my competitive nature on the waiver wires. If my tv is on its either Impractical Jokers or sports. If I can’t watch my game live, it is recorded and I am so dedicated that I will not check social media until I watch the game. Sports and writing about sports has been my passion for life. Covered high school football as a high schooler instead of sitting in the stands and going out to parties after. This is what I breathe and sleep.
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Content Creator at Armchair NBA , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
On April 15, 1990 I walked out the womb with an Atlanta Braves hat, Ole Miss Rebels football jersey, and Memphis Grizzlies basketball shorts (yea predicted the future) on. All I have ever known or talked about my entire life is sports. The only video games I have ever played are Madden, NBA LIVE or 2K, NCAA Football (rest in peace), or MLB 2K (also RIP). I know the height, position, and college of every player in the NBA, yet I couldn’t remember anything in biology class in high school or college. I have dominated fantasy baseball leagues for years because of my farm system knowledge and my competitive nature on the waiver wires. If my tv is on its either Impractical Jokers or sports. If I can’t watch my game live, it is recorded and I am so dedicated that I will not check social media until I watch the game. Sports and writing about sports has been my passion for life. Covered high school football as a high schooler instead of sitting in the stands and going out to parties after. This is what I breathe and sleep.
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