If We Give You 3 NBA Players, Can You Name the Team?


By: Jouviane Alexandre

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

"Basketball is my favorite sport. I like the way they dribble up and down the court!" If you're a fan of the NBA, there's a good chance you've been watching for decades. Throughout the history of the sport, there have been tons of trios that have made names for themselves. Can you match the Big 3 to their team?

James Naismith first created basketball in 1891, and the first NBA game was played in 1949 between the Toronto Huskies and New York Knickerbockers. In the 70 year history of the league, there have been countless of superstars that have emerged from the ranks.

While many teams seem to have one major leader, the sport thrives on Big 3's, a trio of athletes on a team who often become the new face of the franchise. 

With the Celtics being the most decorated team in NBA history, it's hard to forget the names and faces of one of the first trios to dominate the sport during the '50s and '60s. Who could forget the unbeatable '90s trio on the Chicago Bulls? 2017 helped solidify the meaning of a stacked team with the number of star players on the Golden State Warriors.

Only a real NBA fan could name the team from its players. Are you ready to take the shot? Time's running out! Let's see if you'll make it before the final buzzer.

Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, and Robert Horry.

In 1996 both Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal joined the Los Angeles Lakers before being joined by Robert Horry in 1997. Together, the trio won three back to back championships from 2000-2002.


Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 1975 before Magic Johnson in 1979 and James Worthy in 1982. While Adbul-Jabbar and Johnson won one championship together, the trio was able to win a total of four championships between 1982 and 1989.


Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, and Michael Finley.

In 1996, Michael Finley became a part of the Dallas Mavericks before being joined by Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash in 1998. All three players have been selected for the NBA All-Star team.


LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.

In 2003, Dwyane Wade moved to the Miami Heat before he was joined by Chris Bosh and LeBron James in 2010. Before James' departure in 2014, the team managed to win two championships in 2012 and 2013.


Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman.

Michael Jordan played with the Chicago Bulls from 1984-1993 before returning in 1995. When he rejoined the team, he met former teammate, Scottie Pippen (1987) and a new player, Dennis Rodman (1995). From 1995-1998, this trio dominated the court, winning three championships from 1996-1998.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, and Bob Dandridge.

In 1969, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bob Dandridge joined the Milwaukee Bucks before Oscar Robertson in 1970. Together, the trio won two conference titles and won the 1971 championship.


Paul George, David West, and Roy Hibbert.

In 2008 Roy Hibbert went to the Indiana Pacers before being joined by Paul George in 2010 and David West in 2011. Together, the team won two division titles in 2013 and 2014.


Steve Nash, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Shawn Marion.

In 1998, Steve Nash left the Phoenix Suns to join the Dallas Mavericks, a team he stayed with for 6 years. After that time, he returned to the Suns in 2004 where he joined Shawn Marion (1999) and Amar'e Stoudemire (2002); the team was able to capture three division titles.


Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O'Neal, and Antoine Walker.

In 2003, Dwyane Wade joined the Miami Heat Shaquille O'Neal in 2004 and Antoine Walker in 2005. Together, this team was able to give the Miami Heat franchise their first championship.


Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden.

In quick succession, Oklahoma City Thunder welcomed Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden to the team from 2007 to 2009. Together, the trio won two division titles, as well as one conference title in 2012.


Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan.

In 2008, DeAndre Jordan was drafted to the Los Angeles Clippers after which Blake Griffin followed (2009). After playing for 6 years with the Hornets, Chris Paul was drafted in 2011. Together, the team was able to win two division titles in 2013 and 2014.


Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.

In 2009, Stephen Curry was drafted to the Golden State Warriors before Klay Thompson (2011) and Draymond Green (2012). Together, they have won three division titles, conference titles, and two championships (2015 and 2017).


Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, and Bill Laimbeer.

In the early 1980s, the Detroit Pistons started putting together their dream team. After drafting Isiah Thomas in 1981, Bill Laimbeer followed in 1982 and Joe Dumars in 1985. The team won their first championship in 1989 and again in 1990.


Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, and Tom Heinsohn.

Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, and Tom Heinsohn played on the Boston Celtics together for a significant amount of time. Bob Cousy joined the team first, he was then followed by Bill Russell and Tommy Heinsohn who helped round out the team and lead them to their first championship in 1957.


LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love.

After a few years with the Miami Heat, LeBron James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014 where he was joined by recent draft pick, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving, a Cavs player since 2011. The team went on to win 3 Conference Titles from 2015-2017 and won the championship in 2016.


Dominique Wilkins, Kevin Willis, and Doc Rivers.

Dominique Wilkins went to the Atlanta Hawks in 1982 before being joined by Doc Rivers in 1983 and Kevin Willis in 1984. These three players are only three of four from the Atlanta Hawks to be chosen for the NBA All-Star game.


Reggie Miller, Rik Smits, and Mark Jackson.

In 1987, Reggie Miller became a member of the Indiana Pacers before he was joined by Rik Smits in 1988 and Mark Jackson in 1994. During their time, the triplets were able to win three division titles together before Jackson left in 2000 for a short stint with the Raptors.


Karl Malone, John Stockton, and Jeff Hornacek.

In 1984, John Stockton went to the Utah Jazz before Karl Malone joined in 1985 and Jeff Hornacek in 1994. Together these players won three division titles and two conference titles.


Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Luol Deng.

In 2004, Luol Deng became a member of the Chicago Bulls before he was joined by Joakim Noah in 2007 and Derrick Rose in 2008. The trio made an impact on the team as their leading scorers until Deng's departure in 2014 for the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, and Ben Wallace.

In 2000, Ben Wallace joined the Detroit Pistons before Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton both followed in 2002. Together, these three players won six division titles, two conference titles, and one championship.


Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, and Willis Reed.

Willis Reed was first drafted to the Knicks before being joined by Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe. All three members had their numbers retired by the Knicks franchise and are in the Top 10 franchise leaders with over 9000 points scored. During their time, the Knicks won 2 championships in 1970 and 1973.


Chris Webber, Mike Bibby, and Peja Stojakovic.

In 1998, Chris Webber and Peja Stojakovic joined the Sacramento Kings before they were Mike Bibby made the move in 2001. During this time, the trio was able to win two division titles in 2002 and 2003.


Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish.

Larry Bird joined the Boston Celtics in 1979 before Kevin McHale and Robert Parish in 1980. Together, they were able to win three championships.


Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, and Kenny Smith.

Hakeem Olajuwon joined the Houston Rockets in 1984. He was then followed by Kenny Smith and Clyde Drexler, who joined in 1994. Under the leadership and skills of these players, the Rockets won their only two championships in 1994 and 1995.


Julius Erving, Moses Malone, and Andrew Toney

In 1976, Julius Erving became a member of the Philadelphia 76ers before being joined by Andrew Toney in 1980 and Moses Malone in 1982. Erving and Toney won the 1982 championship together before adding another one with Malone in 1983.


Shaquille O'Neal, Penny Hardaway, and Nick Anderson.

In 1989, Nick Anderson became a member of the Orlando Magic before he was joined by Shaq in 1992 and Penny Hardaway in 1993. The trio won two division titles and one conference title in 1995 before Shaq left for Los Angeles in 1996.


Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer, and Chet Walker.

This trio definitely made waves during the 1966 NBA season. Led by Chamberlain, Greer, and Walker, the team won their second championship in 1977.


Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, and Jerry West.

In 1958, Elgin Baylor joined the (Minneapolis) Lakers before Jerry West in 1958 and Wilt Chamberlain (8 years later in 1968) did the same. Together, the trio won four conference titles and one championship in 1972 before the departure of Baylor.


Jason Kidd, Kenyon Martin, and Richard Jefferson.

In 2000, Kenyon Martin joined the (New Jersey) Nets before Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson followed in 2001. Together, the trio was able to win two conference titles in 2002 and 2003.


Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen.

Paul Pierce was drafted to the Boston Celtics in 1998 before being joined by Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in 2007. Together, the trio was able to win the Celtics last championship in 2008. After the departure of Allen in 2012, Pierce and Garnett both left the franchise in 2013.


Dave Cowens, Jo Jo White, and John Havlicek.

John Havlicek went to the Boston Celtics in 1962 before being joined by Dave Cowens and Jo Jo White in the early '70s. With these three leading the team, the Celts were able to win two championships in the '70s, adding to the impressive 17 championship titles the franchise already had.


Mark Price, Brad Daugherty, and Larry Nance.

In 1986, Cleveland opened their doors to Mark Price and Brad Daugherty. Two years later, they were joined by Larry Nance. All three members are listed in the top 10 scorers for the franchise.


Tim Hardaway, Chris Mullin, and Mitch Richmond.

Chris Mullin went to the Golden State Warriors in 1985 and was joined by Mitch Richmond in 1988 and Tim Hardaway in 1989. Together, the trio was known as Run TMC.


Glenn Robinson, Ray Allen, and Sam Cassell.

In 1994, Glenn Robinson joined the Milwaukee Bucks before Ray Allen in 1996 and Sam Cassell in 1999. The team won a division title together in 2001 but lost the Eastern Conference title to the 76ers.


Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili.

All-Star Tim Duncan joined the San Antonio Spurs in 1997 before Belgian player, Tony Parker (2001) and Argentinian player, Manu Ginobili (2002) followed. Although Duncan has since retired, the latter two are active players for the Spurs. Together, the trio won nine division titles and four championships.


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