Ever since LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat to form the “Big Three” with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, big threes have become a standard way to compete.
The Atlantic Division:
1: Boston Celtics
This should come as no surprise, after trading for Kyrie Irving and signing Gordon Hayward, Boston is in a prime position to compete for an NBA finals appearance, with the big three of Irving, Hayward, and Al Horford, Boston looks like maybe it’s best team since their prior big three lead by Paul Pierce.
2: Toronto Raptors
Two years ago, Toronto made a run for the Eastern Conference Finals, now they have relatively the same team, the big three of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, and Jonas Valanciunas, with Serge Ibaka to boot. Expect Toronto to definitely make the playoffs.
3: Philadelphia 76ers:
“The Process” will be trotting out the young and exciting big three of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Markelle Fultz. All three of which are incredible athletes with bold personalities, and the 76ers looks to escape being in the top five in the lottery FINALLY.
4: New York Knicks:
Ew, the Knicks will be a team that struggles mightily this year, but depending on how Frank Ntilikina performs, the Knicks might have a solid big three of Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, and Ntilikina. Carmelo Anthony might be traded to the Rockets before the season even starts, which would ruin this big three, but Porzingis is going to be a superstar and Melo is one of the best scorers of the generation. The Knicks’ future rests in the hands of young Ntilikina.
5: Brooklyn Nets:
Let’s be honest, the Nets are terrible, and definitely don’t have a big three, but if I have to pretend like they do, it would consists of D’Angelo Russell, Jeremy Lin, and Trevor Booker. Booker and Lin are both solid vets, but not championships starters, but Russell is intriguing. The young guard was traded to the team from the Lakers this summer, and he can be a red hot scorer at times.