Calling all NBA betting buffs! We proudly present you the first five teams comprising our list of the NBA’s top 10 trios. Let’s get this tour started in the Windy City!
10. Chicago Bulls: Jimmy Butler (20.2 ppg) and Pau Gasol (10.8 rpg, 14.4 ppg) and Derrick Rose (13.3 ppg, 6.1 assists)
Jimmy Butler is now, the best two-way shooting guard in the NBA, (no offense Klay Thompson). The hard-working Butler is now Chicago’s best player and one that can do it all at both ends of the floor from scoring the rock to shutting down the opponent’s best scorer. In the case of power forward Pau Gasol, I’ve been very impressed with his play since he went to Chicago prior to last season. However, I also believe Gasol would be better suited to taking his talents elsewhere, mostly because the Bulls still haven’t figured out that Gasol could be outing up 20 points per game if they ran a couple of real plays for the versatile veteran. I have absolutely no idea what o make of former league MP Derrick Rose. Clearly, the spate of injuries he’s suffered have robbed him of some of his former explosiveness. Having said that, I also think Rose has some issues above the neck that look like they are going to prevent him from ever getting back to being the completely dominating superstar that he was well on his way to becoming just a few short years ago. Still, Rose can ‘go off’ on occasion like the former MVP he is.
9. Orlando Magic: Victor Oladipo (14.2 ppg), Tobias Harris (14.9 ppg) and Nick Vucevic (15.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg)
I absolutely love this trio and before I get started, let me say that young point guard Elfrid Payton could have easily been added to the Magic’s trio of young talents on this list.
I know Victor Oladipo isn’t 6-6, but the high-flying shooting guard is one of the best young players in the league – at both ends of the floor too. The former Indiana Hoosiers star can shoot in from distance or rise up over a pack of defenders to throw one down…and it’s nice to see the Magic have him playing at his true position after watching the Magic foolishly try to turn him into a point guard as a rookie.
Tobias Harris isn’t a consistent shooter from distance just yet, but he is one of the league’s most multi-faceted small forwards and he’s ‘got a pair’ too. Harris has already drained multiple game-winners at this early stage of his career and apparently doesn’t back down from anyone.
Last but certainly not least, center Nick Vucevic may be Orlando’s best young player. Despite the fact that he’s not either the tallest player n the floor every night, nor the most athletic, Vucevic has become Orlando’s team scoring leader for a variety of reasons. The sweet-shooting European can use either hand around the rim and plays equally well with his back to the basket or facing up.
8. Toronto Raptors: DeMar DeRozan (21.6 ppg), Kyle Lowry (21.0 ppg) and Jonas Valanciunas (12.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg)
The Raptors have an excellent trio of their own with DeMar DeRozan being one of the best two-way shooting guards in the league and my ‘Philly homeboy’ Kyle Lowry being so talented that he dropped 41 on Steph Curry and the Warriors this past weekend. If only the Raptors would involve underrated big man Jonas Valanciunas a bit more into their offense.
7. Miami Heat: Dwyane Wade (18.6 ppg), Chris Bosh (17.6 ppg, 9.0 rpg) and Hassan Whiteside (13,4 ppg, 11.0 rpg)
I know D-Wade is getting older, but he’s looked really solid so far this season in leading Miami in scoring – and to a winning record. Veteran forward Chris Bosh has been solid, if not overly impressive in his return from a serious blood clot last season, but it is young big man Hassan Whiteside that is making this group a legitimate trio these days.
Whiteside isn’t a big scorer yet and he may never become one, but he is leading the league in blocked shots and is an extremely active rebounder at both ends of the floor. The gem of a talent has made a habit of altering opponents’ shots – and the outcome of a lot of Heat games this season.
6. Atlanta Hawks: Paul Millsap (18.4 ppg, 9.6 rpg), Jeff Teague (16.7 ppg) and Al Horford (15.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg)
All I can say is that it’s a damn shame that Paul Millsap doesn’t get the real recognition that he deserves for being one of the best forwards in the league – for a really long time now. Of course, playing in Utah for the majority of your career will do that to a guy. Anywho, Millsap is a monster scorer and rebounder – particularly for a gut not bigger than 6-8. Millsap can shoot the rock out to 20 feet or score in the post with a bevy of post moves at his display. Point guard Jeff Teague is an efficient scorer that can go off in spurts, though his lack of size hurts him a bit defensively. Center Al Horford is an underrated, but skilled scorer with both hands around the basket and an excellent rebounder and defender, though I don’t think he gets enough touches.
To be Continued…
Join us tomorrow as we make our way to the remaining top five trios!