LeBron James’ BEST ‘Big Three’ teams ever, ranked
LeBron James has been lucky enough to be part of a few of the greatest championship teams in his illustrious career in the NBA. Not everyone becomes part of a ‘Big Three’ and LeBron has been a part of a superstar trio not once, not twice, but three times now with the Los Angeles Lakers bringing in former MVP Russell Westbrook to go alongside the four-time MVP as well as the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft in Anthony Davis.
As much as this all-new trio has quite the star power, we cannot omit the fact that LeBron’s previous team-ups with the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers were quite the threesomes, too. Let’s rank all of James’s three superstar trios.
On paper, this new line-up for the Purple & Gold for the upcoming 2021-2022 NBA season has the makings of being one of the best trios in recent league history. Having five MVP trophies between them, the combination of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook is as deadly as it gets. Though the current Lakers core might be a bit top-heavy, these three superstars combined will be a problem for the rest of the league in a matter of no time.
As much as this threesome can instantly win you a championship, the fact remains that this mammoth of a trio has not yet been tested which is the main reason we’re putting it at the bottom of the pile. Add to that, aside from this three-person tandem having 0 minutes of playing time together so far, you can immediately see some flaws right from the get-go – which can be hard to say when talking about LeBron’s previous trios.
Shooting, shooting, shooting. The Lakers fell to the 21st of the league in terms of three-point shooting last season. And, we all know how Westbrook is known to build a house of bricks from outside the arc. With Westbrook in the picture, the Lakers might even get a dose of their own medicine with teams sagging off of the former MVP and leaving him alone from the three-point area.
That being said, Hollywood’s newest ‘Big Three’ should have Laker Nation up in their feet. A California homecoming for Westbrook and a redemption season for Bron and the Brow? Sheesh. This season is about to get electric.
Who can forget LeBron’s promise of coming back home to Cleveland and winning a championship for his city? In 2016, James fulfilled his vow and cemented his legacy as one of the best athletes to ever play for the city of Cleveland by winning the franchise’s first-ever NBA Championship which was also the city’s first major sports title since 1964.
As great as King James was in that 2015-2016 season, he did have help from a few of his superstar friends named Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Cleveland’s version of a ‘Big Three’ was indeed big. This trio went to the NBA Finals in two straight seasons, winning it all in 2016. After losing to the Golden State Warriors in a six-game series in 2015, LeBron, Kyrie, and Kevin went on a redemption tour which was capped off by an epic comeback in the 2016 NBA Finals after being down 3-1 against Stephen Curry and the defending champions.
This trio complemented each other quite well. James and Irving took turns in facilitating the basketball with Love going to work on the block every single night. Though this specific three-man group isn’t as star-studded as all of his other ‘Big Threes’, their chemistry plus the group they were surrounded with was special. With Ty Lue at the helm and key guys like JR Smith, Tristan Thompson, and Matthew Dellavedova, the Cavs’ superstar trio will go down in history as one of the best teams in NBA history.
Let’s be real. LeBron James taking his talents to South Beach to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh has got to be one of the biggest storylines in the past few decades.
After spending his first seven seasons with the team that drafted him as the first overall pick in the 2003 draft, James decided to temporarily call it quits and join forces with the 2006 Finals MVP in Wade as well as a five-time All-Star in Bosh. Though they stumbled upon some hurdles in their early run in the shape of Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks, this ‘Big Three’ went on to absolutely dominate the league in the coming seasons.
Comparing it to the two previous trios, this James-Wade-Bosh threesome is possibly the most balanced one. Though LeBron James was still the brightest among the stars, Wade held his own as Miami’s franchise player while Bosh silently stamped his class as one of the league’s most versatile power forwards.
This ‘Big Three’ went to three straight NBA Finals appearances and brought home two Larry O’Brien trophies to Miami. And, on that merit alone, no ‘Big Three’ can even come close to this last one.