Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets & Other Big Three's to Watch Out for in Upcoming Season 2021-22

The NBA's obsession with three is moving past the arc. In fact, teams have entered an unusual race of building big threes, making these trios that have helped franchises lift the Larry O'Brien Trophy plenty of times. 

Before the next season begins, let's look at some of the big 3s to look out for!

#10 Chicago Bulls: Zach Lavine, Nikola Vucevic, DeMar DeRozan

The Bulls missed the playoffs for the fourth year in a row. There's Vucevic, who can light up from the outside, Zach LaVine made his first All-Star team with phenomenal shooting efficiency and improved decision making.  But this wasn't enough so they decided to make some upgrades and their big fish was DeMar DeRozan, the most underrated player in the NBA. He is among the deadliest mid-range players in the league. Along with Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso, they might be able to end their playoff drought.

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#9 Atlanta Hawks: Trae Young, John Collins, Clint Capela

The trio helped the Atlanta Hawks become conference finalists last season. After being almost irrelevant for so long, they are finally being written off as contenders and this trio will continue to be a threat in the East.

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#8 Phoenix Suns: Chris Paul, Devin Booker, DeAndre Ayton

Devin Booker is a walking bucker, Chris Paul continued to do Point God things last season, and Ayton is unstoppable with dunks, grabbing rebounds, and his blocks. This was the team that had everyone shook with their journey to the NBA Finals and this trio won hearts that so many people were rooting for them.  Adding CP3 to the mix has really done wonders for them and might continue to do so. 

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#7 Utah Jazz: Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley

The Utah Jazz entered the 2020-21 season on the cusp of a breakthrough.  Mitchell's shotmaking, Gobert's defense, and Conley's addition sent the Jazz high up in the NBA ranks automatically. They will continue to be the Big Three to beware of.

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#6 Miami Heat: Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Kyle Lowry

Lowry, Butler, and Bam can all defend like crazy, with the latter two being the NBA's best stoppers. Lowry is definitely the most consistent shooter of the three but all of them can create shots. If this isn't one of the best defensive threes the league has seen, then what is?

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#5 Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson

Suggs said confidently that teams that passed on him would regret it and that was even before he fell to the fifth pick. The Magic are getting an ultra-competitive and athletically gifted point guard with a massive chip on his shoulder.

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#4 Denver Nuggets: Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr.

Yes, the Nuggets have the reigning MVP Nikola Jokic but Murray's health is the only concern. Having torn his ACL in his left knee in April, the Nuggets had to suffer the consequences of his absence. Porter Jr.'s bouts with inconsistency can be a problem but they will always be one of the favorite underdogs.

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#3 Los Angeles Lakers: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook

After their disappointing exit last season, the lakers needed a third superstar to back LeBron James and Anthony Davis. And then they find Russell Westbrook, who was the blockbuster trade of the season. The purple and gold have formed a superteam of their own that looks stellar on paper but only time will tell how it looks on the court.

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#2 Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday

The defending champs definitely deserve this spot for swapping Eric Bledsoe to complete their big three with Holiday.  These three got the Bucks a championship after 50 years, does anything else need to be said? Don't think so. 

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#1 Brooklyn Nets: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, James Harden

This list is filled with talented trios but nothing tops this level of greatness. Given, last season was not ideal for the Nets also struggling with injuries and yet they were able to get that far. Yes, their defense might not be the best but this firepower trio will still be the favorites to win the title next season.

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