Our problem in Indiana has perennially been our lack of a "Big Three." We had one during Reggie's prime (Reggie/Jalen Rose/Rik Smits) and had one during the pre-brawl era (JO/Stephen Jackson/Ron Artest). But in the modern NBA, even those trios would look pedestrian in comparison to the elite teams, and it can be argued that even the best Pacers teams over the last two decades have had to rely on hard work, bench depth, great coaching and luck in order to prevail. Does that continue to be the case? I thought, since I'm particularly bored at work today that I would rank the NBA's Big Threes from top to bottom to see how the Pacers stack up this year. I'm sure Bleacherreport has done this, but at least with my version you don't have to click through an annoying slide show.
Not every team has a legit "big three" trio of players that their entire game, on both sides of the ball, is focused on. Conversely, some have a "pretty big four" (Boston is a good example of this). But for the purposes of this exercise, I'm just basically listing the three best players from every team, to see how we look in comparison.
4. Oklahoma City-Kevin Durant/Russel Westbrook/Serge Ibaka
6. New York-Carmelo Anthony/Amar'e Stoudemire/Tyson Chandler
18. Milwaukee-Andrew Bogut/Stephen Jackson/Brandon Jennings
27. Denver-Ty Lawson/Nene/Danilo Gallinari
29. Toronto-Andrea Bargnani/DeMar Derozan/Ed Davis
What do you think? I know I'm biased, but am I close? How would you rank the Pacers? I rated some "Big Threes" higher based on the merits of one player. I also tried to put the three players in order from most talented to least. Did I forget anyone? What say you?