Tim Duncan Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker have helped the San Antonio Spurs win three of the team’s four titles in NBA history.
Yahoo Sports writer Victor Chi considered the number of titles won when he ranked the Spurs’ Big Three among the seven greatest trios in NBA history.
Here is what he had to say about Duncan, Ginobili and Parker.
The Spurs were never the sexiest team in the league, but they were brutally efficient while parlaying sound fundamentals into three championships. Duncan had a previous title, tag-teaming with David Robinson.
Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh might be the NBA’s hottest 1-2-3 combination, but they need to win a championship to be considered one of the greatest trios of all-time.
To qualify for this list, a group must have won at least two championships, which leaves out some terrific trios such as Julius Erving-Moses Malone-Maurice Cheeks for the 76ers and Wilt Chamberlain-Jerry West-Gail Goodrich for the Lakers.
The other six trios that made the list includes:
- Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn and Bill Russell (Boston Celtics), won six titles
- Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy (Los Angeles Lakers), won three titles
- Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman (Chicago Bulls), won three titles
- Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Derek Fisher (Los Angeles Lakers), won three titles.
- Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish (Boston Celtics), won three titles
- Walt Frazier, Dave DeBusschere and Willis Reed (New York Knicks), won two titles.
The Spurs’ Big Three certainly deserve to be in this list of greatest trios having won three NBA titles in just more than a decade.
With a small market team like San Antonio, who has been successful reloading the team through the draft and via free agency, that is an amazing feat.