The term "Big Three" has been thrown around a lot this year--both in the NBA preseason and now during the regular season--to describe the Boston Celtics tandem of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. The term "Big Three" originally stems from Boston's high-powered trio of the 80's: Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish.
Best Fantasy "Big Three"
Not entirely reflective of their on-court performance, I decided today to embark on a mission to determine, FANTASY-WISE, what the best big three's in the NBA were today, by team.
Here are the top 5 (for ranking methodology see below):
- Phoenix : Marion (2), Stoudemire (12), Nash (14)
- Denver : Camby (7), Iverson (9), Anthony (49)
- Dallas : Nowitzki (8), Terry (19), J. Howard (44)
- Orlando : Lewis (17), Turkoglu (24), D. Howard (31)
- Utah : Boozer (15), Williams (20), Kirilenko (40)
Second in line, Camby and Iverson have been fantasy beasts this season, propelling the Denver Nuggets to the runner-up spot, and Dirk & company have a slight advantage over Orlando and Utah in the #3 position.
Here are 6-10:
- Boston : Garnett (4), Pierce (18), Allen (55)
- Detroit : Billups (10), Wallace (23), Hamilton (54)
- LA Lakers : Bryant (3), Bynum (28), Fisher (63)
- Memphis : Gay (25), Miller (35), Gasol (45)
- New Orleans : Paul (1), West (39), Chandler (67)
- I understand that fantasy statistics alone are not a complete indicator of a player's value. A true "Big Three" doesn't just consist of fantasy point accumulators, but should be able to coexist reasonably, work together and, most importantly, win basketball games, none of which is captured by fantasy rankings.
- I also understand that a player's "rank" may be affected by injuries, suspensions, etc. Nonetheless, an analysis such as this is interesting to perform for its novelty, and should not be taken as a 100% indicator of the best "Big Three" in the NBA. I encourage others in the fantasy basketball blogging world to tackle this from different perspectives.
To conduct such an analysis, I:
- Collected the top 100 Yahoo Fantasy Basketball players by "rank" (explanation on the difference between rank and o-rank can be found here)
- Sorted this list of players by team
- Summed up the total rank's for each team's top three fantasy players
- Sorted these summations from least to greatest, giving the best 'big three' fantasy combinations first
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