Here’s How This NBA Trio Outdid the Nets Big 3 of James Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving

Published 08/31/2021, 6:30 PM EDT
May 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) and Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) and Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) react during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA is growing into the ‘Big 3’ trend, with every team bringing in superstars. Notably, teams like the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers stand out. However, an underrated trio may come have come to the surface right now.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have not been a great performing team so far. But, they have a glimmer of hope with their new trio. Rookie Anthony Edwards, was everything the Wolves could ask for in his rookie season. And with their headline players Karl Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell and Edwards, they outperform one of the most serious threats.

Jun 19, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) controls the ball against Milwaukee Bucks forward P.J. Tucker (17) in the first quarter during game seven in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

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Brooklyn Nets ‘Big 3’ not the best?

The majority of fans would agree that the Nets have assembled the best trio in the NBA, especially from an offensive standpoint; they have the best three players at their position. With Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden, offense does not get any better than that.

Last season, the three man lineup of KAT, DLo, and Ant had a higher offensive rating than the three man lineup of KD, Harden, and Kyrie. from nba

However, the trio that outdid them was from the Minnesota Timberwolves. While these trios did not play together alot, there is good hope for Minnesota to make the most of their youngsters. With eight games together, the Nets ‘Big 3’ has an offensive rating of 119.6 with a 62.8 TS%.

On the other hand, the Timberwolves trio have an offensive rating of 120.9 with 24 games played together. While we aren’t saying they are better than the Nets, there is some serious potential for the Wolves in the coming season. All of Edwards, Russell, and Towns are young stars yet to reach their prime.

Jun 1, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum (0) passes the ball against Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) and power forward Blake Griffin (2) during the first quarter of game five of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Still, there is no doubt that Brooklyn Nets have the upper hand in terms of the best offensive trio. But let us look at the potential that the Timberwolves hold.

Minnesota have some serious talent

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Timberwolves went through a barrage of injuries last season. Starting point guard D’Angelo Russell suffered a knee injury and has been out ever since. With him at full health, the Timberwolves sure have a great chance to compete.

Towns is the best shooting big man in the league right now, making 39% of his shots from deep. Moreover, he has great post moves to play like a true big man. Edwards ended up as the runner-up for Rookie of the Year behind Hornets’ LaMelo Ball. He had a great season showcasing his ability to finish at the rim while also having a shooter’s touch.

Dec 23, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) hugs guard D’Angelo Russell (0) following the game against the Detroit Pistons at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Before going down, Russell was putting up 19 points per game for the Timberwolves. Due to the injury, he got to show his passing abilities as well averaging almost 6 assists. With all of them yet to fully develop, do you think they can be the best ‘Big 3’ in the coming future?

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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