Where does the Milwaukee Bucks’ Big 3 rank among the NBA’s best?

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The term ‘Big 3’ has been a staple in NBA conversation since LeBron James took his talents to the Miami Heat to team up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and aim to win titles. In Milwaukee, there has been a Big 3 of their own since 2021. The trade to add Jrue Holiday alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton won the Milwaukee Bucks the title in 2021, then they had back-to-back 50-plus win seasons.

Giannis recently spoke about what he wants to see from the Bucks moving forward in order to win another title. This may be with the current Big 3 or without, but his message remained the same.

Where does the Bucks Big 3 rank amongst the NBA’s best?

When James headed home to Cleveland, we saw a real rivalry of two Big 3’s. The Cavaliers had Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to support James. They faced off with the Golden State Warriors four consecutive years in the Finals whose Big 3 started as Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Following the Cavs’ title win in 2016, they then added Kevin Durant before strolling to two more championships before falling to the Raptors in an injury-hit matchup.

We saw a slight dip in the use of a Big 3 in recent years as teams have opted for one or two stars and then looking more at depth to fill out their roster to win a title. The 2019 Toronto Raptors saw Kawhi Leonard be surrounded by solid complementary pieces. Similarly, the following year, the Los Angeles Lakers, with LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and a vastly experienced roster won the chip.

With the 2023-24 NBA season just around the corner, let’s look at where the Bucks Big 3 rank among the NBA’s best.