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 at No. 3 is the New Orleans Pelicans.
The 2017-2018 New Orleans Pelicans had a legitimate “Big Three” in Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Jrue Holiday. There is not much place in the NBA for a team to roll out two seven-footers. No matter, Davis and Cousins adjusted to sharing the floor and the ball. It worked for this team.
Then Boogie went down with his ruptured Achilles and everyone, including myself, assumed that the Pelicans’ playoff hopes went down with him. The crazy thing is that the Pels might have been a better team last season post Cousins’ injury. New Orleans shocked the basketball world by beating out the Denver Nuggets for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Pelicans opted to not re-sign Cousins for this upcoming season based on what they saw Davis and Holiday do together. They instead inked Julius Randle, allowing Anthony Davis to be the center moving forward while Randle and Nikola Mirotic split duties at the four.
It could possibly be argued that Mirotic should be the third member of this trio, but Randle is a very over looked player and had a great season in with the Los Angeles Lakers last year. Randle also had a high Player Efficiency Rating and Wins Added rating than Mirotic, which led to him taking this spot.
Davis needs no introduction. He is my favorite for the league MVP this year and continues to be a near unstoppable force in the NBA. It is Holiday’s explosion last season that puts this team at third in this division ahead of Memphis. He is a big body guard that can play both sides of the ball well.
It will be one of the more interesting story lines this season watching this “Big Three” attempt to navigate the brutal Western Conference. If these three men play to their prime potential this season, a return to the playoffs is a near lock.
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