With one franchise stud already in place the Boston Celtics managed to secure both Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in the summer of 2007 all for the price of lottery pick Jeff Green some expiring contracts and Al Jefferson. It was a stunning haul that immediately established Boston’s “Big Three” which later led the team to the championship in 2008.

The coach of that squad was Doc Rivers who is entering his first year running the Los Angeles Clippers from the sideline. Though most observers would easily sign off on giving the Clippers their own “Big Three” while including Rivers’ established and well-regarded acumen alongside point guard Chris Paul and forward Blake Griffin the Clippers coach would prefer that an actual active player take his place in that triptych.

All while setting the sky as the limit for a Clippers team that hasn’t even played its first exhibition game yet. From ESPN Los Angeles’s Arash Markazi:


"They should be better than any team I've ever coached I really believe that" Rivers said. "They're more athletic. They don't have the veteran IQ but they should be in that area. We have a couple of individual defenders that can be dominating on defense. We have great speed but we don't have the size in some ways as some of the teams I've coached."
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"That's our big three I like our big three" Rivers said. "I like what DeAndre [Jordan] gives us. He gives us something a lot of the guys in the league can't do. He can block shots he can run the floor he can defend he's talking and he's in the best shape of his career. He's doing a lot of great things for us."
Rivers said he expects Jordan to be in the running for defensive player of the year this season and has spent the first two days of the Clippers' training camp in San Diego focusing on defense. Rivers expects the Clippers to be one of the best defensive teams in the league this season.