If you’re an NBA betting buff who is looking for more ways to increase your bankroll, then you should know that, as usual, the league’s top trios are once again the driving force behind their teams’ respective regular season success.
Just like the original ‘Big Three’ of Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale, the NBA is still a star-driven league whose best teams often feature three significant all-star caliber contributors.
This look at the league’s best trios thus far this season will give you the insight you’ll need in order to make the most out of your wagers over the coming weeks.
So without further ado, we present you the remaining top 5 NBA trios!
5. Los Angeles Clippers: Chris Paul (17.0 ppg, 8.3 apg), Blake Griffin (24.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and DeAndre Jordan (10.4 ppg, 13.2 rpg)
I know the Los Angeles Clippers have been pretty much embarrassed and exposed in their recent meetings against the Los Angeles Clippers, but the fact of the matter is that the Clips still have a very formidable trio in Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. While Paul is now clearly a cut below both, Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook, the cerebral floor leader is still one of the best in the business and can often take over, though not quite as much as he once was able to. In the case of the still-blossoming Griffin, he’s clearly expanded his game to include the ability to consistently knock down shots from the perimeter, but Griffin lacks the ‘nastiness’ that his team so clearly needs. As far as Jordan is concerned, the athletic big man is great at altering and blocking shots and rebounding the ball at both ends of the floor. The high-fling center is also great at catching lob passes for hellacious dunks that often leave opponents dazed and confused. The down side is that Jordan can often be foul prone and his now laughable inability to make free throws makes him an absolute risk on the floor late in close games.
4. Memphis Grizzlies: Mike Conley (15.6 ppg), Marc Gasol (16.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg) and Zach Randolph (14.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg)
Sure, the Memphis Grizzlies still have the lack of quality offensive players that has plagued them for a few seasons, but what they do have is one of the game’s best trios in Mike Conley, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph.
Despite the lack of fanfare, those that know the NBA game know that Mike Conley is one of the best point guards in the league today. The slender southpaw floor leader can take it to the rack or shoot it from distance while dishing the rock and playing defense with as well as any point guard in the game today.
Marc Gasol is undoubtedly one of the most intelligent big men in the league today. The former Defensive Player of the Year can rebound the ball at both ends of the floor, pass it better than almost every center in the league and score the rock in a variety of ways from either the low or high post.
Zach Randolph is an absolute beast…when he wants to be. The left-handed ‘Z-Bo’ is a born low post scorer that can shoot it out to 15 feet or put the rock on the floor. Randolph is also a solid rebounder, though it seems to me, the aging power forward doesn’t ‘bring it’ quite as consistently as he once did.
3. Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook (27.5 ppg, 9.6 apg), Kevin Durant (28.2 ppg) and Serge Ibaka (12.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg)
The often jaw-dropping play of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant is enough to put Oklahoma City in third place as far as the league’s top trios go. Sure, Serge Ibaka has never quite panned out to be the 18 and 10 guy that he looked like he would become a couple of years ago, but it’s kind of hard to average 18 points a night when the vast majority of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s team shots go to Durant and Westbrook. Still, Ibaka’s multi-faceted skill set and what often seems to be a lack of desire for the ball, fits perfectly with the sweet-shooting Durant and aggressive Westbrook taking the lion’s share of the shots in Oklahoma City. Nevertheless, I swear, the Thunder are lacking some toughness and the ability to share the ball in a more free-flowing offense like Golden State’s or San Antonio’s. Despite having capable scorers up and down their roster, the Thunder continue to try and win 30 apiece from Durant and Westbrook and not much else from anyone else outside of Ibaka’s often modest contributions.
2. San Antonio Spurs: Kawhi Leonard (21.9 ppg), LaMarcus Aldridge (14.8 ppg) and Tony Parker (13.4 ppg)
The Spurs have gone from a duo that once featured David Robinson and Tim Duncan to a longstanding trio that featured Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Today’s threesome of Parker, Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge is already meshing seamlessly, in their first season together and I suspect things are only going to get better the more these three play together. And just so you know…I could have added the ageless Duncan to the trio as he was by far and away the Spurs’ best player last postseason, even at the ripe old age of 37.
I also expect this trio to possibly morph one more time in the next season or two at best, to a combination of Leonard, Aldridge and sweet-shooting backup floor leader Patty Mills with the now veteran Aussie potentially replacing Parker as the starting point guard.
1. Golden State Warriors: Steph Curry (32.0 ppg), Klay Thompson (16.5 ppg) and Draymond Green (12.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg)
While reigning league MVP Steph Curry and his plethora of amazing shooting displays get the majority of media attention for the Golden State Warriors’ stunning success the last two seasons, the fact of the matter is that, along with Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, Curry forms the league’s deadliest trio.
While he now clearly plays in Curry’s shadow, Thompson is one of the league’s very best shooters and a guy that would likely be averaging 25.0 a night playing elsewhere. In the case of Draymond Green, it’s ironic, but true…the once ‘undersized’ stretch four has changed the way everyone views the power forward position today. Green can out the rock on the floor and barrel to the basket or he can shoot surprisingly well from beyond the arc. I could have included the Warriors’ third-leading scorer in underrated small forward Harrison Barnes, but for me, Green’s toughness is the main reason for the Warriors’ totally underrated defense.
Andrew Wiggins (22.1 ppg), Karl Anthony Towns (13.9 ppg, 9.2 rpg) and Zach Levine (14.4 ppg)
John Wall (18.4 ppg), Bradley Beal (18.8 ppg) and Marcin Gortat (12.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg)
Paul George (26.5 ppg), C.J. Miles (15.8 ppg) and George Hill (12.9 ppg)
Gordon Hayward (18.4 ppg), Derrick Favors (16.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg) and Alec Burks (15.7 ppg).
LeBron James (25.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 6.4 apg), Kevin Love (19.2 ppg, 11.6 rpg) and Kyrie Irving.