One of the most popular discussions in barbershops across the United States is often about the concept of the ultimate “Big Three” in the NBA. To my memory, in the summer of 2007, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett popularized the concept “The Big Three” in this era when they played for the Boston Celtics and won the 2008 NBA championship. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh took the concept to the next level in the summer of 2010 as members of the Miami Heat and won back-to-back NBA championships (2012 and 2013).
If I could put any three players in NBA history together, they would be Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, and Penny Hardaway. I think them with a strong supporting cast who believes in the team concept can go undefeated in the season and the playoffs.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar remains the all-time leading scorer in the NBA and is ranked 3rd all-time in both rebounds and blocks. During his impressive career as a center, Abdul-Jabbar was a record six-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), a record 19-time NBA All-Star, a 15-time All-NBA selection, and an 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. A member of six NBA championship teams as a player and two as an assistant coach, Abdul-Jabbar twice was voted NBA Finals MVP. Most NBA greatest including Dr. J and Isiah Thomas considered him the greatest player in NBA history.
Michael Jordan is the greatest NBA player in the 1990s era. A six-time NBA champion, Michael Jordan played 15 seasons in the league and in doing so helped popularized the game of basketball globally during the last two decades of the 20th century. His burning desire to embarrass the opposition on the court made him one of the most feared players in his generation. Jordan’s individual accolades and accomplishments include five Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP wards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP Awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.
“Penny” Hardaway was one of the biggest NBA stars during the 1990s. NBA fans and experts often compared him to LA Lakers legend Magic Johnson, because they both had incredible size and quickness at the point guard position. Penny Hardaway’s height, natural ability to score, rebound, and distribute the basketball at an efficient rate made him a nightmare for many defenders in the NBA. He could score like a shooting guard and pass the ball like a point guard, which makes him a significant piece to any team contending for a championship.
By Shamarie, 1st Jun 2015