Top 10 'Big 3' combos

Could the Nets with Dwight Howard have a trio to top Miami?

Updated: July 11, 2012, 10:45 AM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider
NBA Big 3 New York MiamiESPN.com IllustrationWhile Miami's Big Three earned its first title, New York's trio was nothing but chaos.

Editor's note: This is the second installment of a weeklong series examining how the "Big 3" model is used in the NBA and its short-term and long-term impact on the league.

As we continue ESPN Insider's series looking at the "Big 3" model, we'll take another step forward from Bradford Doolittle's deconstruction of the model and ask a topical question:

Can any team rival Miami's "Big 3" as the best in the league?

Dwight Howard certainly is trying to build one. Though it sometimes feels like a lost cause these days, Howard continues to fight his way to Brooklyn and form his own elite trio with All-Stars Deron Williams and Joe Johnson. That would be a formidable three-headed collection of talent, but it still might not measure up to Miami's LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

But really, can anyone measure up?