These days, the term “Big-3” gets thrown around like nothing.
But with as often as we use the term, have you ever thought about who’s really the best? Which trio of NBA stars rules the court better than the rest? Thanks to NBA advanced stats, we know the answer.
Here are the top 3 NBA trios.
5. Lillard, McCollum, Nurkic (Portland Trailblazers)
With a combined scoring average of 63.3 points per game, the Lillard, McCollum, and Nurkic trio certainly knows how to put the ball in the hoop. Obviously, with the guards scoring form the outside, it creates space for Nurkic on the inside, making a nicely balanced scoring attack.
Not to mention the fact that the Blazers don’t have very much scoring depth, meaning almost all of the workload falls to the core starters.
4. Westbrook, Adams, Grant (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Westbrook and Adams have been on an absolute tear this year, so it’s no surprise to find their name on this list. Jerami Grant, on the other hand? That’s a bit of a shocker.
Surprisingly, he’s averaging 12.3 points per game this season. So, between the three of them, there’s an average of 64.4 points per game. No doubt, the play of Grant has been a big reason why the Thunder have been so potent this season.
3. Lowry, Green, Leonard (Toronto Raptors)
Boasting the best record in basketball at 25-10, it’s no surprise that the Raptors hold one of the best trios in basketball.
Despite Lowry having a relatively down year without his backcourt partner in DeRozan, he seems to fit perfectly alongside Danny Green and Kawhi. With a scoring output of 65.8 points, it’s clear the offense lives and dies by these three.
And it makes sense. Between Green and Lowry’s excellent shooting and Kawhi’s driving attack, it’s a near flawless fit.
2. Aminu, Lillard, McCollum (Portland Trailblazers)
For the Blazers, it’s all about their starters. Honestly, McCollum and Lillard carry most of the offensive load.
With Aminu on the floor though, they’re statistically at their best. As an unselfish, multi-faceted player, it makes a lot of sense. These three together are one of the hardest combinations of players to stop and, with Aminu, serve as an example that not every guy needs to be a scorer to be valuable.
1. George, Westbrook, Adams (Oklahoma City Thunder)
In case you were having any doubt about how well the Thunder are performing this season, look no further than the numbers. Together, their “Big Three” of PG, Russ, and Steven Adams are averaging a league-high 71.3 points per game on 48.3% shooting.
Better still is their team record, at 21-10 through 31 games, a mark high enough for 2nd in the West. Whatever woes they were facing last year, they seem to have figured things out.