Big threes are getting more and more common to see nowadays in the NBA, as everybody wants to pile up as much talent as they can to establish their dominance en route to a Championship and write their name in history books.
Over the course of history, we’ve seen some incredibly well-built teams that went the distance and started legacies, like that Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman trio; and most recently Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce or LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Even though not all teams can rely on a so-called big three, some of them can brag about having at least 3 reliable and consistent scoring choices, something that obviously grants them a huge advantage against most of their opposition. Today, we’re bound to honor the best third offensive choice, some ballers that could have a bigger role elsewhere, but that are crucial to their respective squads.
Honorable Mention: Robert Covington
10. Jaylen Brown
Jaylen Brown had a very good rookie season and has only gotten better ever since despite being in the trade block to start the season due to Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum’s arrival, and he’s really matured a lot and has shown glances of greatness in both ends of the hardwood during his sophomore year.
Playing behind Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, Brown is yet another responsible for the Boston Celtics’ hot start of the season, currently averaging 15.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 46% from the floor and 42% from three-point territory.
9. Jrue Holiday
Not so long ago, Jrue Holiday was one of the most exciting prospects in the Association, and even though injuries and off-court issues have prevented him from reaching top tier level, he’s still a hell of a point guard and scorer, and one of the cornerstones for the New Orleans Pelicans future.
In the first full season of the Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Jrue Holiday experiment, the former 1 time All-Star is posting averages of 15.7 points, 4.3 boards, 5.7 dimes and 1.3 steals with just 2.7 turnovers in 46% from the hardwood, although the 27% from deep isn’t very encouraging.
8. Otto Porter Jr
The Washington Wizards stated that they weren’t ready to part ways with Otto Porter Jr quite yet and that they would match any offer he’d get this offseason, and they lived up to this word expecting a lot of good things out of the young forward entering this year.
Well, it’s pretty safe to say that that investment has truly paid off so far, as Porter has improved in every single aspect of the game and has kept the Wizards in contention alongside Bradley Beal during John Wall’s injury, currently averaging 15.9 points and 7.2 boards to go along with 1.7 steals per game on over 50% from the floor, 80% from the line and almost 48% from beyond the arc.
7. Tyreke Evans
It seemed like Tyreke Evans had reached a dead end in his career and that he was never going to play nearly as good as he did in the early going, but it seems like he’s leaner, faster and more motivated than ever playing alongside Marc Gasol and Mike Conley right now.
The former Rookie of the Year is having the second best season of his career, averaging 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3.5 helpers and 1 steal per game in 28 minutes off the bench during his first year as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies.
6. Eric Bledsoe
Eric Bledsoe has the kind of skillset to be a team’s go-to-guy, but he’s proven that he can’t single handedly lead them to contention, and that’s why he’s now third in line behind Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton in the young and promising Milwaukee Bucks.
Finally out of the slumping Phoenix Suns, Eric Bledsoe is currently posting very nice averages of 15.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and over 5 assists per game, showing a lot of motivation in the defensive end of the floor as well to rack up 2.1 steals a game also.
5. Eric Gordon
Eric Gordon really came through the past campaign and he hasn’t missed a beat this one either, stepping up during the Chris Paul injury to help the Houston Rockets to yet another very impressive start of the season led by James Harden.
Over the course of the season, the sharpshooting specialist has put on a scoring clinic with averages of 19 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game on 39% from the floor and 35% from three-point territory for the fast paced Rockets offense.
4. Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler came from being the man in Chicago to play alongside Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, and he hasn’t hesitated to give up some touches to try and make what’s best for the franchise and finally take them back to the playoffs after a very long drought.
In his first season back together with Tom Thibodeau, the newest member of the Minnesota Timberwolves is posting averages of 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 dimes and 1.8 steals per game in 44% from the hardwood and almost 38% from three-point land.
3. Paul George
It’s crazy to think that Paul George isn’t the first or second scoring choice for a team, and even though he’s averaging pretty much the same offensive touches as Carmelo Anthony, he’s the one that’s had a couple of no-shows this campaign while getting used to share the rock with Melo and Russell Westbrook.
Now dressed in an Oklahoma City Thunder uniform, the 4-time All-Star is averaging 20.9 points, 3.1 assists and almost 6 rebounds in 42% from the hardwood, and he’s been terrific in the defensive end with a league leading 2.8 steals per game.
2. Kevin Love
Kevin Love has shown a lot of maturity after embracing a lesser role with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and even though he’s not giving up shots to Kyrie Irving this season, he’s going to be once again the third scoring option as soon as Isaiah Thomas is able to suit up again and make his Cavaliers debut.
Throughout the campaign, Love is averaging 18.7 points, 10 rebounds, almost 2 assists, and 0.8 steals per game with just 2 turnovers per game in 46% from the floor, 35% from three and almost 90% from the charity stripe.
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1. Klay Thompson
If Klay Thompson is your third scoring option, you know you have one of the deadliest teams in the history of the game, and that’s exactly the case of the Golden State Warriors, who rely primarily on Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant but still manage to spare 16 nightly shots for Klay Thompson as well.
Klay Thompson is one of the best shooters in the game right now as well as being a terrific backcourt defender, and he’s currently averaging 20 points, 4.3 rebounds and just over 2 assists per game in 49% from the floor and 46% from three (in almost 8 attempts per game), and he’d be any other team’s go-to-guy for sure with ease.