While it is a simple yet perplexing offence strategy, it works. It worked for Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, among NBA teams whose championships were founded on the triangle offence.
Scott Cacciola explains in Three Sides to This Story what a triangle offence is and how it looks like. It “revolves around seven guiding principles that include maintaining proper spacing, penetration bypassing and the interchangeability of positions. Every player ought to be able to score and from different angles.” And yes, it involves three to four players – the post, wing, and corner players – to form a triangle.
It is about proper spacing, moving the ball, and reading and breaking the opponent’s defence.
Much has been said about the death of the Big 3. And yet the importance of such cannot be dismissed at this point.
Here are the NBA Big 3s who will dominate the 2019-20 season.
5) Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Eric Bledsoe
Milwaukee Bucks became the 2018-19 season’s best team thanks to these three.
Antetokounmpo is one of the best defensive players in the NBA but lacks in shooting section. Middleton is the three-point shooter that knows how to play the dynamics of the court to his advantage. Middleton can guarantee the shooting while Bledsoe is for defending the perimeter.
4) Houston Rockets: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and Erik Gordon
Harden and Westbrook, who are both MVPs, make the Big Two. Add up sharpshooting Gordon, and this Big 3 will be unstoppable.
Harden’s capabilities are comparable with Michael Jordan’s at the 1986-87 NBA season, scoring 36.1 points per game versus Jordan’s 37.1 points. Westbrook, on his part, is the only player who averaged triple-double in the 2016-17 season. He may not have the most reliable defensive plays, but Harden and Gordon can cover up for him.
3) Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Tobias Harris
Embiid and Simmons are two big men who can play defensively and offensively at every position on the court. Both have exceptional abilities to space out the floor while opposing the other team’s big men. There are not many issues with Embiid other than his fitness. With Simmons, however, his outside jump shots still lack the efficiency to convert to points.
This is where Harris comes in who can shoot spot-up and off-the-dribble. His jumper skills are dependable too.
2) Los Angeles Lakers: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and DeMarcus Cousins
James, according to sports analysts, has shown signs of slowing down in the past season despite his 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 8.3 assists average per game stats.
Davis and Cousins, on the other hand, are at their prime. Davis can dominate the floor, on both ends while Cousins always has a workaround for an easy basket.
1) Los Angeles Clippers: Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Lou Williams
Kawhi Leonard made NBA history by switching offseason after winning a championship and Finals MVP. He is now with the Clippers along with Paul George, who Leonard encouraged to request a trade as him so they can be in the same team.
Leonard and George are a defensive dynamo that Lou Williams, a scorer himself, shall complement. Williams is also a reliable defence player.