Houston Rockets: What the True Meaning of 'Big Three' Could Look Like

By Ryan Heckman

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – the new age ‘big three.’ Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen – the original ‘big three.’ Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili – the ‘big three’ that never really needed a nickname.

It’s a term we’ve grown both accustomed and somewhat tired of hearing over and over again. The ‘big three’ speaks of a team’s top three players who are typically of star caliber, and we could be in for a treat with yet another addition to these fantastic trios.

With the Houston Rockets approaching free agency starting July 1st, it’s no secret that they have their sights set on both Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers. There is sure to be a huge demand for the two superstars this summer, and Houston is hoping they have what it takes to lure them in.

Already having an All-Star of their own in James Harden, acquired last year in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Rockets could wind up with quite the combination.

Paul is right up there in terms of pure point guards today, and at the top of his game I would argue he is the league’s best at his position. With court vision not possessed by many, tenacious defensive capabilities and the talent to score at will when he’s hot, Paul presents tons of problems for opponents.

Howard, on the other hand, has not been at the top of his game – at least judging by most analysts and experts based off last season. He rebounded quite well still, but that is almost a given when you’re a player of his size and strength. The problem was the fact that he was never quite consistent offensively.

Not only that, but he failed to strike fear into his opponents entering the paint as he was used to doing while with the Orlando Magic. With anotherfresh start and a point guard like Paul at the helm, I believe Howard can turn it around.

This summer will feature some of the most exciting moves and potential trades we have seen in a few years. For the Rockets, they are hoping to headline the free agency period. Will they do it?

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.


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