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Nets’ big 3 to be measured against trios

Nets' big 3 to be measured against trios

Triple threats

In a blockbuster trade Wednesday afternoon, the Nets landed eight-time All-Star James Harden, creating the most talented big three in the NBA by pairing Harden with former Thunder teammate Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Here is a look at the top trios of the 21st century and how they performed together:

Heat, 2010-14: LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade

This worked out extremely well. The trio reached the NBA Finals each of the four years they played together, won it all twice and had three seasons of at least 54 victories.

Warriors, 2016-19: Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson

The addition of Durant took the Warriors from great to almost unbeatable. In three years, they won two titles and lost a seven-game series to James and the Cavaliers, averaging 60.6 wins per season.

LeBron, James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade could be the most famous NBA Big 3.
LeBron, James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade could be the most famous NBA Big 3.
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Cavaliers 2014-18: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love

James returned to Cleveland after winning two titles with the Heat and led the Cavaliers to their first NBA crown in 2016. The other three years, Cleveland also reached the NBA Finals and won 50 games or more all four seasons.

Celtics 2007-12: Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce

The veteran threesome brought Boston the championship in their first year together and reached the finals again two years later.

76ers 2018-19: Jimmy Butler, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid

Butler was supposed to be the missing piece to get the 76ers over the top. Instead, his acquisition from the Timberwolves was a waste as Philadelphia lost in the second round of the playoffs and didn’t re-sign him.

Spurs 2002-16: Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobli and Tony Parker

In the span of 14 years, Duncan, Ginobli and Parker won four crowns, lost in the conference finals twice and won at least 60 games five times.

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Erin is a sports enthusiast who loves indulging in occasional football matches. She is a passionate journalist who flaunts a perfect hold over the English language. She currently caters her skills for the sports and health section of Report Door.

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