Ranking the NBA Big Threes

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.

1. Miami-Lebron James/Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh

2. Chicago-Derrick Rose/Joakim Noah/Carlos Boozer

3. Los Angeles Lakers-Kobe Bryant/Pau Gasol/Andrew Bynum

4. Oklahoma City-Kevin Durant/Russel Westbrook/Serge Ibaka

5. Boston-Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce/Ray Allen

6. New York-Carmelo Anthony/Amar'e Stoudemire/Tyson Chandler

7. Dallas-Dirk Nowitzki/Jason Kidd/Lamar Odom

8. Atlanta-Joe Johnson/Josh Smith/Al Horford

9. Los Angeles Clippers-Chris Paul/Blake Griffin/DeAndre Jordan

10. Golden State-Stephen Curry/Monta Ellis/David Lee

11. Portland-LaMarcus Aldridge/Gerald Wallace/Wesley Matthews

12. Memphis-Rudy Gay/Zach Randolph/Marc Gasol

13. San Antonio-Tim Duncan/Manu Ginobili/Tony Parker

14. Indiana-Danny Granger/Roy Hibbert/David West

15. Philadelphia-Andre Iguodala/Jrue Holiday/Elton Brand

16. Utah-Al Jefferson/Paul Millsap/Devin Harris

17. Houston-Kevin Martin/Luis Scola/Kyle Lowry

18. Milwaukee-Andrew Bogut/Stephen Jackson/Brandon Jennings

19. Orlando-Dwight Howard/Jameer Nelson/Jason Richardson

20. New Jersey-Deron Williams/Brook Lopez/Anthony Morrow

21. Minnesota-Kevin Love/Derrick Williams/Ricky Rubio

22. Sacramento-Tyreke Evans/Marcus Thornton/DeMarcus Cousins

23. Phoenix-Steve Nash/Grant Hill/Marcin Gortat

24. Washington-John Wall/JaVale McGee/Andray Blatche

25. New Orleans-Eric Gordon/Emeka Okafor/Carl Landry

26. Detroit-Greg Monroe/Charlie Villanueva/Ben Gordon

27. Denver-Ty Lawson/Nene/Danilo Gallinari

28. Charlotte-D.J. Augustin/Boris Diaw/Kemba Walker

29. Toronto-Andrea Bargnani/DeMar Derozan/Ed Davis

30. Cleveland-Kyrie Irving/Antawn Jamison/Anderson Varejao

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?

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