Assembling a key trio is, generally speaking, a great way to maximize the chances of a franchise clinching an NBA title and though there are a number of great trios out there, one in our view eclipses all the others by some distance.
The new season tips off on the 19th of October, and it promises to be the first ‘normal’ season following two previous iterations that had to battle a ‘bubble’ and a host of restrictions that affected players and fans from enjoying all that the NBA has to offer.
With the clock ticking down to the start of the season, this might be the opportune time to discuss the top superstar trios in the NBA 2021-22 season, and there are a few that are worthy of a mention, but none holds a candle to the three we are about to discuss.
The Milwaukee Bucks had a star trio, of sorts, helping them to clinch their first title in over 50 years, but in all honesty, that trio was effectively held in place almost exclusively by Giannis Antetokounmpo. However highly you might rate Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton, if the Greek star wasn’t firing on all cylinders, then it didn’t matter.
Fortunately for the Bucks, Antetokounmpo rarely had an off day and made sure his injury concerns didn’t ruin the NBA finals party, and you should remember that they almost did.
Then there’s the Brooklyn Nets, who are the big favorites for the title in 2021-22; however, their superstar trio may not even get a chance to function this time around. It’s entirely likely that Kyrie Irving will not play a game this season, therefore leaving Kevin Durant and James Harden to do the bulk of the heavy lifting.
So in our view, it doesn’t get better than the trio assembled at the Staples Center, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis partnering with new arrival Russell Westbrook in a threesome that should be rightfully feared.
Some will point to the fact that the Lakers squad has more than its fair share of over-30s, but when it comes to making an impact this season and the next one or two that follow, Frank Vogel has something of an embarrassment of riches.
When it comes to the LeBron James/Anthony Davis/Russell Westbrook combination, we are talking about a combined total of 34 All-Star picks, not to mention a bunch of other accolades.
Of the three, you could argue that only Davis is at the top of their game, but the quality of the trio shouldn’t be in question, even if their advancing years could.
There’ll be some who worry about defensive frailties, which is perhaps a legitimate concern, but one thing is for sure this trio alone is sure to put Lakers in a positive position offensively, and that’s an understatement.
Some point to the trio being a case of style over substance, but they’d do well to see how things work out before making such disparaging predictions about three of the most talented players in the game today.