Bleacher Report ranks NBA’s best “Big 3s” heading into the 2022-23 season
The term “Big 3” is always thrown around the NBA, referring to a team’s three best players on the team, who are typically All-Star caliber talents.
The Bleacher Report released an official ranking of their best “Big 3” teams in the NBA. Overall, the list wasn’t terrible but if you take one glance at it, there’s clearly an outlier that shouldn’t be ranked anywhere in the Top 5 given the fact that they have never even played a game together and two out of three want to be traded before the 2022-23 NBA season.
Obviously, I’m talking about KD, Kyrie, and known loser Ben Simmons of the Brooklyn Nets.
I’m not going to argue with the first two teams on this list; they should be considered the top two but probably flipped. Golden State’s Big 3 have won 4 championships together compared to the Milwaukee Bucks one NBA title. Granted, Bleacher Report is probably weighing in on the fact that Draymond Green is bringing down the Splash Brothers and listing them at number two.
Sixers fans should be hyped to see they have what is considered a Big 3. Greg Swartz clearly understands Tyrese Maxey is a rising star in this league and personally, I’m happy to see him listed over the 76ers highest paid player, Tobias Harris.
Here’s what Swartz said about the Sixers
“Despite limited time together after Harden came over from the Brooklyn Nets in a deadline deal, the Sixers had the best net rating of any Big Three on this list in their 21 games. Embiid will be an MVP candidate for the foreseeable future and Harden has transitioned into an excellent sidekick, one that seems perfectly happy leaning on his still incredible playmaking skills. This was the most efficient pick-and-roll duo in the NBA last year, one that should only improve with more reps together.”
Swartz ‘s explanation on the Brooklyn Nets
“Simmons is the wild card, but assuming he’s healthy, adding a three-time All-Star who is one of the best passers and defenders in the NBA would make for an incredible on-court product. Individually this is the best Big Three (per EPM stats) the NBA has. The lack of availability from Irving and Simmons hurts the eye test, as does the fact that the trio has not played together yet.”
How can Simmons be a part of some Nets statistic when he never recorded a single stat? Am I missing something here? We really don’t even know if Ben Simmons wants to play basketball period and again, I highly doubt that the Nets’ Big 3 is even together when the NBA season begins.
Regardless of how you feel about the Brooklyn Nets on paper, we all have to admit you can’t rank them or applaud them when they haven’t even suited up one game together.
The rest of the list is fine, though, Mr. Swartz, not bad, sir.
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