June 22, 2009

The NBA's best three-man unit


Who is the NBA's best 3 man unit? Well for the past 2 seasons we could say that Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett is the best and Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Toni Parker comes second place. But we should never forget the "Big Three" of Chicago Bulls who won 6 Championships. Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman I believe is the best Three man unit that the NBA ever had.

SCORING:

No doubt that they had the upper hand in this category. Jordan and Pippen combined around 50 - 60 points per game, and Rodman adds around 9 - 10 point per game. But it is not the amount that we should look at its when the points is needed. We all know that Michael Jordan is one of the best clutch shooters in the NBA. In the 2009 NBA Season Ray Allen and Paul Pierce is the clutch shooters for the Big three units. But if you look deeper into their statistics, Jordan and Pippen are also both clutch shooters and has a higher percentage at clutch times.

REBOUNDING:

Who are the considered "mad man" in rebounding? well one of them is Dennis Rodman, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan are also "Monsters" of the board but Dennis Rodman has a different passion in rebounding. Even if we disregard Those three, Jordan and Pippen also have some skill in rebounding which we could not see in Pierce, Allen, Ginobili and Parker.

DEFENSE:

I can say that Garnett and Duncan has the upper hand in Blocked Shots Per game against Rodman. But in terms of Steals and forced turnovers, I believe Chicago Bulls "Big Three" has the upper hand on this. Jordan is also well known for his defense and so as for Pippen. The new "Big Three Units" today are more concentrated on Offense, but the "Big Three Unit" of Chicago Bulls (Jordan, Pippen, Rodman) has their own strengths in Offense and in Defense.

LEADERSHIP:

Pierce (Boston Celtics) has the leadership but not unlike of the leadership of Jordan. Duncan (San Antonio Spurs) also has the capability, but there are times that Duncan cannot perform well for his team. Being a leader should perform over all duties in the court. You will never give the ball to Duncan when you need a 3 point basket at crunch time. In Pierce's part yes you can count on him, but what about those times that you need a tight Defense to win? Pierce is not well known for his Defense. For Jordan, during crunch time either a final 3 point basket or a tight defense to seal the deal, you can count of him. For me, that the real quality of Leadership.

So if you ask me who is the NBA's Best three-man unit, I would stick with Jordan, Pippen and Rodman of the Chicago Bulls.

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