It all started with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen agreeing to play together back in the summer of 2007. The term ‘Big Three’ was born with that Boston Celtics team, but also a new way to build an NBA franchise was born. It’s a model that the Miami Heat followed in the summer of 2010 when they lured LeBron James and Chris Bosh in to play with Dwyane Wade.
The era of the league that we are currently in might as well be called the Big Three era. Every team is trying to land their own three stars or is trying to have their players develop into a home-grown version of a big three. Whether it’s just a phase or the future of the league, though, the coach of the original Big Three in Boston, Doc Rivers, seems to still believe in the idea.
In a recent article from Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles, Rivers spoke and said that the Los Angeles Clippers, Rivers’ new team, have a big three of their own. The coach was speaking in reference to Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, saying that he likes his team’s big three.
Two of those three players mentioned are perennial All-Star candidates in this league. The third, Jordan, is not, though. Jordan has shown a vast array of skills, athleticism and ability to annihilate the soul of Brandon Knight over his career. However, he’s never really shown anything worthy of making him a part of a big three.
Rivers expressed his faith in Jordan, with the coach saying that he believes Jordan will be a Defensive Player of the Year candidate this season. However, Jordan is still a player that has a long way to go in terms of his awareness and positioning on the defensive end, and that doesn’t even touch on his shaky offensive game.
I understand a coach wanting to show faith in the 25-year-old center, but there’s a difference in showing faith and saying things that just aren’t true. This Clippers team has a ton of talent with the additions of guys like J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley, but saying they have a big three and that Jordan is a part of it is a bit much.
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