Since Miami’s big three continues their dominance and people either bask in the glory of how great the Heat are or cheer for anyone or anything to get rid of them I figured I should look back on some of the best big threes Philadelphia fans have ever seen.
5. Legion of Doom: John LeClair, Eric Lindros, and Mikael Renberg
The five seasons before the Legion of Doom the Flyers failed to qualify for the playoffs and did not finish better than .500. The Legion were together for three seasons, 1994-1997, and amassed 666 points in only 201 games. They made it to the playoffs all three years including two division titles and a Stanley Cup appearance.
4. Donavan McNabb, Brian Dawkins, and Brian Westbrook
Together from 2002-2008 they won four NFC East Championships, appearing in four Conference Championships, and one Super Bowl. The three core players were able to win in the regular season, averaging 10 wins a year, but fell short in the playoffs year after year.
3. Maurice Cheeks, Julius Erving, and Moses Malone
Only together four years they averaged 57 wins per year, four straight playoff appearances and won the NBA Championship in 1983, only the second in their history. The big three continued to have success, but where past their prime and struggled to have the magical season they did in 1983.
2. Larry Bowa, Mike Schmidt, and Bob Boone
The Phillies struggled mightily before each member of this big three got the chance to start. They were together from 1972-1981, but did not all start until the 1973 season. They averaged 85 wins per year, had five playoff appearances, and one World Series victory.
1. Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and Ryan Howard
They all began starting in 2005 and averaged 89 wins a year though out nine seasons. They won five straight NL East Championships, two World Series appearances, and one World Series victory in 2008. The trio led the Phillies to their first playoff appearance since 1993, in 2007, and their first World Series win since 1980.
Philadelphia sports fans gage success on the amount of championships you win not on regular season wins. That is why my list has big threes with championships at the top and ones without championships at the bottom.