One-on-One: Biggest of the Big Three

Garnett, Pierce and Allen have all had great careers, but whose comes out on top?

Updated: June 10, 2010, 2:54 PM ET
By Chris Broussard and Ric Bucher | ESPN The Magazine
Paul PIerce, Ray Allen and Kevin GarnettJim Rogash/Getty ImagesThe Big Three are great together, but their individual careers stand up on their own.

The only thing Chris Broussard and Ric Bucher like to do more than report on the NBA is argue about the NBA. So we combine those two skills in our weekly One-on-One series, in which they debate the hottest topics in the Association.

Question: Of the Boston Celtics' Big Three, who's had the best career?

Ric Bucher: Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce all have had tremendous runs. But Pierce wears the biggest sombrero among the Three Amigos, as far as careers go. I might have given the nod to KG coming into this postseason, but Pierce has played a pivotal role in this improbable run to the Finals while KG has been, for the most part, along for the ride.

Chris Broussard: I agree that Pierce is the better player now. Like Allen and KG, he's a Hall of Famer in my book. But I believe KG has had the best career of all three players and, when it's all said and done, he'll go down as the best of the Big Three.

Ric Bucher

NBA Reporter, ESPN The Magazine Senior Writer