Best Trios in the NBA

Staff Writers: Kevin Mitchell, Harvey Atsma, Shane Zachos

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Going into the offseason here’s a look at some of the most popular free agents. Photo Credit: http://www.ProBasket.com

The NBA has seen one of the greatest off seasons in the past decade. Everyone anticipating where the reigning finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard, would end up. Arguably the best player in the NBA, LeBron James, teaming up with one of the most dominant power forwards in the league, Anthony Davis. This year the NBA will be filled with superstars joining to be the best. The Clippers and the Lakers will be in the spotlight most of the year with their high powered new looking teams. The 2019-2020 NBA season is guaranteed to be action packed with veterans teaming with a sole purpose to win the finals and rookie MVP trophy proving they belong on an NBA roster and looking to start their own legacy.

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The new 2019-2020 LeBron James and Los Angeles Lakers roster, which will change again due to the ACL injury to DeMarcus Cousins.

1. L.A. Lakers (James, Davis, Kyle Kuzma (Cousins is out with the torn ACL) The Lakers 2018-19 season was a disappointment. With LeBron’s injuries throughout, their front office struggling, and young potential stars not showing much to be excited about. Many fans of the Lakers organization were unhappy. However, LeBron is still LeBron, and he has showed everyone in previous years why we as NBA fans should not doubt his greatness. With that being said, LeBron and the Lakers were able to sign one of the best available players at the time in Davis. Davis has showed with his previous team that he can handle offense and defense pressures. Last year, when Davis was available for the Pelicans, he averaged 25.9 points, 12 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game. These stats from last year come to show that he has been dominating every power forward in the league. Kuzma is the Lakers best young talent with loads of potential he will be putting up career highs this year.
2. L.A. Clippers (Leonard, Paul George, Patrick Beverly) Last season, the Clippers were a slept on, hard defensive, aggressive team. Even though they just barely saw the playoffs (lost in first round as the 8th seed) they are bound to be a ring chasing team. The clippers were able to pick up the reigning finals MVP Kawhi Leonard this offseason. Steve Ballmer (owner of the clippers) hit two birds with one stone trading up many future draft picks to get these two NBA All-Stars. With all the defensive presence the Clippers have this year along with Doc Rivers coaching scheme, the set up for this team is truly stacked.
3. Houston Rockets (James Harden, Russel Westbrook, Clint Capela) The Rockets finished fourth in Western Conference with a high scoring offense. They were carried by Harden, who finished first in points per game last season. Now, with the addition of Westbrook, they will most likely score more points than any other team in the NBA. Some critics may doubt this trio because of their so-called ball-hogging abilities. However, Westbrook and Harden used to play together in their younger years with Oklahoma City and will start the season with an efficient chemistry. They both have the ability to find multiple ways to shoot the ball and pass to the open man, which they will have in the 6’10” Capela. The Rockets should have a clear shot to the playoffs if they can remain healthy and play to the potential viewers hold them up to.
4. Golden State Warriors (Stephen Curry, D’Angelo Russell, Draymond Green) Klay Thompson would be in this list over Draymond if he wasn’t going to be injured most of the season. The Warriors have been in the spotlight as the top team in the NBA for a long time. Going to the Finals five straight seasons and winning three titles has established them as the best team in the league. Losing the powerhouse of Kevin Durant, many believe that they won’t be the same, but they added a new powerhouse of their own to the team in Russell. Coming to Golden State from the Brooklyn Nets, he is expected to have a great season on a new team.
5. Milwaukee Bucks (Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton) With the reigning MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo and last season’s best record, the Bucks cannot be counted out. They didn’t add any new free agents, but the force of Giannis makes up for that. The Bucks have one of the strongest trios on the list. The combination of Bledsoe, Khris Middleton, and The Greek Freak, this year is predicted by critics to be their best season yet.
6. Philadelphia 76ers (Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris) The Philadelphia 76ers turned heads in the 2018-2019 season by dominating teams and by finishing third in the Eastern Conference. Embiid is a versatile center that adds many dimensions to the game, along with the athletic point guard, Simmons, who could arguably play small forward or even power forward. Simmons has focused his off-season training on his three-point shooting ability to balance his overall game and have defenders questioning his next move. Harris is another weapon for the team at the power forward position. He averaged 20 points per game and 7.9 rebounds last season. This team will be more than capable at scoring inside which will lead to open shots behind the arc.
7. Utah Jazz (Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley, Rudy Gobert) After finishing 5th in the Western Conference, the Jazz did not need to add a lot to make the list. The best player they were able to acquire was Mike Conley from the Grizzles. Conley is a veteran, great defensive, all-around type of point guard. With another talented in Mitchell, and one of the best defensive centers in the league, Gobert, the Jazz are a sleeper trio to lookout for this upcoming year.
8. Boston Celtics (Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Jason Tatum) For many years the phrase was “Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics…” but Kyrie is gone now. This begins a new era for the Celtics with a new “Captain”. Originally from the Hornets, Kemba averaged 25.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 5.9 assists. With the gut-wrenching loss of Kyrie this man and the team will be able to move on and do better things without him.

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Photo Credit: https:www.Plugsville.com. A sneak-peak on the players on their new teams in the upcoming year.

9. Brooklyn Nets (Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Jarret Allen) If KD wasn’t a “Medical Red Shirt” this year due to an Achilles injury he would be on the list. The Brooklyn Nets were 42-40 last year and ranked No. 6 in the East. Many expect that winning number to increase with the new All-Stars that have joined the Nets. Durant (Red Shirt), Irving, and DeAndre Jordan all joined Brooklyn in the offseason. With the addition of all these All-stars the Nets are going to be one of the top contenders in the next two years, assuming that KD returns to form once his injury heals.
10. New Orleans Pelicans (Zion Williamson, Jrue Holiday, Brandon Ingram) With the additions of Williamson, the 2019 No. 1 overall pick, Ingram, and the existing power of Holiday, we can infer that the potential of the Pelicans will be huge. The main thing many people will be focusing on is whether “ZANOS” Williamson will live up to all the talk about how he will be the new LeBron in the coming years.
Honorable Mention: Not in our top 10 but were just slightly edged out.
1. Portland Trail Blazers (Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Hassan Whiteside) – Though Zachos is still arguing about this one.
2. Dallas Mavericks (Luka Doncic, Seth Curry, Kristaps Porzingis)

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