6. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, Kevin Duckworth
The Portland Trail Blazers won their only championship in 1977 with Maurice Lucas, Bill Walton, and Lionel Hollins. The team also had a good trio not too long ago consisting of LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, and Wesley Matthews. Their best Big 3 happened during the early 90s and was made up of Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, and Kevin Duckworth. They played together for a good amount of time from 1986 to 1993 and lost in the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992. Drexler won an NBA championship in 1995 with the Houston Rockets, and Porter and Duckworth were both two time All-Stars. Drexler has had his number retired by Portland, Houston, and the University of Houston, and Porter’s number was also retired by the Blazers.
5. SACRAMENTO KINGS
Chris Webber, Peja Stojaković, Gerald Wallace
The Sacramento Kings’ playoff drought started in 2007 and they haven’t made the postseason since. They even traded away their best player in recent memory in DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins. From the late 90s to the mid 00s, the Kings reached the playoffs for eight consecutive seasons and reached the Western Conference Finals in 2002. From 2001 to 2004 the Big 3 of Chris Webber, Peja Stojaković, and Gerald Wallace made the Kings relevant. C-Webb was a five time All-Star and led the league in rebounding in 1999. Stojaković won an NBA championship in 2011 with Dallas and was a three time All-Star. Gerald Wallace beat out Mike Bibby and Vlade Divac thanks to his great season in 2010 when he was an All-Star and All-Defensive First Team selection with Charlotte.
4. SAN ANTONIO SPURS
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginóbili
Even though the Spurs have had other great players such as George Gervin, David Robinson, and Kawhi Leonard, there’s not much debate that the Big 3 of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginóbili is their best all-time trio. These three played together from 2003 to 2015, winning four NBA championships in five NBA Finals appearances, and you can’t teach that. This was an international trio, with Duncan being born in the Virgin Islands, Parker being from Belgium, and Ginóbili being Argentinian. Duncan was a 15 time All-Star among his long list of accomplishments. He also won his first championship without the other two when he played with Robinson, Sean Elliott, Avery Johnson, and Steve Kerr. Somehow Parker and Ginobili are still with the team although Duncan retired in 2016.
3. TORONTO RAPTORS
DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Luis Scola
The Toronto Raptors haven’t been very successful since they were founded in 1995. Their best season was in 2015-16 when they reached the Eastern Conference Finals, losing to the Big 3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love. Toronto’s best Big 3 has been more of a Big 2 as their role players have changed from year to year. Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan and point guard Kyle Lowry were joined by journeyman power forward Luis Scola for the season they came closest to reaching the Finals. Both DeRozan and Lowry and three time All-Stars, although Scola had most of his success playing overseas as a two time Spanish League MVP. The team made some big moves in 2017, trading for Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, and one of them could join the new Big 3 in Toronto soon.
2. UTAH JAZZ
Karl Malone, John Stockton, Jeff Hornacek
There’s really no argument when it comes to the best Big 3 to ever play for the Utah Jazz. The trio of power forward Karl Malone, point guard John Stockton, and shooting guard Jeff Hornacek played together for the Jazz from 1994 to 2000. Stockton was drafted in 1984 and the Jazz selected Malone the next year, forming one of the best duos in NBA history. Hornacek became their best sidekick, and this Big 3 reached the NBA Finals in back to back seasons in 1997 and 1998, losing to the Chicago Bulls’ Big 3 both years. Malone was a 14 time All-Star and a two time MVP. Stockton was a 10 time All-Star and Hornacek won the Three-Point Shootout twice in addition to being an All-Star once with the Phoenix Suns.
1. WASHINGTON WIZARDS
Elvin Hayes, Wes Unseld, Bob Dandridge
Although John Wall and Bradley Beal might think they should be part of the best Big 3 in Washington’s history, they would be sadly mistaken. Most of today’s basketball fans have never heard of Bob Dandridge, who joins guys like Shaq and Kareem, making the all-time Big 3s for more than one team. Wes Unseld was drafted #2 overall by the Baltimore Bullets in 1968 and Elvin Hayes joined the team in 1972. Dandridge joined in 1977 and the three were together until 1981, when they all went elsewhere. The Bullets defeated the Seattle SuperSonics in 1978 to win the NBA Championship, and lost to them the following season in a rematch. Hayes was a 12 time All-Star and led the league in scoring once and rebounding twice. Unseld was the Finals MVP the year they won it, and was the NBA MVP in 1969.