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. Coming in first for this season is the Houston Rockets.
Wait! Carmelo Anthony is on this team right? If Carmelo is on this roster then surely he would have to be a part of their big three! Wrong.
Carmelo was not even a part of the Oklahoma City Thunder‘s big three last season. Anthony is simply just a shell of what he used to be. Sure, he can get hot and score with the best of them, but its not as common of a sight anymore.
Melo, like James Harden, just doesn’t play defense. There is only room for one player who plays one side of the ball in a big three, and Harden is clearly in the midst of his prime.
The big question heading into last season was if there was enough basketball to go around for Chris Paul and Harden. The doubters claimed it was going to be near impossible for Paul and Harden to coexist.
Boy, were they wrong. The Rockets had an incredible season with their starting back court. But the third member of this big three had just as big of a role in last season’s success.
Clint Capela became Paul’s DeAndre Jordan replacement and it led to a breakout season for the young Swiss. With the departure of Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute, Capela will be counted upon to anchor the defense on the back end of things.
This is the only big three in the division that fully consists of returning players. The chemistry and pure talent make this trio, hands down the best in the division. Look for Houston to hang onto their division title again this season.
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