NBA.com has produced a fascinating list of the league’s best trios. It doesn’t just take the three leading scorers off a team. The study looked at the top three-man lineups scored when playing together and adjusted it for 36 minutes per game.
Four of the top 10 trios are from the Thunder. Four more are from the Heat.
1. OKC’s Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Martin: 85.5 points per game. In other words, when KD, Westbrook and Circle K average 85.5 points per 36 minutes played together.
2. Miami’s LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Shane Battier: 85.4 points per game.
3. OKC’s Durant, Martin, Nick Collison: 83.9 points per game.
4. Miami’s LeBron, Chris Bosh, Battier: 83.0 points per game.
5. Miami’s LeBron, Mario Chalmers, Battier: 82.4 points per game.
6. OKC’s Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, Martin: 81.9 points per game.
7. The Clippers’ Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford: 81.7 points per game.
8. OKC’s Durant, Ibaka, Martin: 81.7 points per game.
9. Milwaukee’s Monta Ellis, Brandon Jennings, Mike Dunleavy: 81.5 points per game.
10. Miami’s LeBron, Wade, Chalmers: 80.5 points per game.
While the Thunder trio leads in scoring — and OKC trios rank first, third, sixth and eighth — the Heat leads in score differential.
The trio of LeBron, Wade and Battier outscore opponents by 15.8 points per 36 minutes, when on the court together. Among this list, the four Miami trios rank 1-2-3-4.
The Durant/Martin/Westbrook trio ranks fifth, outscoring foes by 10.2 points per 36 minutes. The Collison/Durant/Martin trio outscores opponents by 8.6 points per 36 minutes. The Ibaka/Martin/Westbrook trio outscores opponents by 7.1 points per 36 minutes. And the Durant/Martin/Ibaka trio outscores opponents by 6.2 points per 36 minutes.