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No Guarantees

Paul Pierce, RayAllen and Kevin Garnett of the new-look Celtics each has a career scoringaverage of more than 20 points. In NBA history 16 teams have had three playersaverage more than 20 points in the same season. Fifteen of those teams reachedthe postseason, but not one won a championship. Here is how each of thosehigh-octane triumvirates fared. (The players are listed by scoring average thatseason.)

LOST IN NBA FINALS

 

 

Bob Pettit, Cliff Hagen, Clyde Lovellette

1959–60

Hawks

Bob Pettit, Cliff Hagen, Clyde Lovellette

1960–61

Hawks

Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain

1968–69

Lakers

LOST IN CONFERENCE FINALS

 

 

Sam Jones, John Havlicek, Bailey Howell

1966–67

Celtics

Dale Ellis, Tom Chambers, Xavier McDaniel

1986–87

SuperSonics

Tom Chambers, Eddie Johnson, Kevin Johnson

1988–89

Suns

ADVANCED TO SECOND ROUND OF PLAYOFFS

 

 

Alex English, Kiki Vandeweghe, Dan Issel

1982–83

Nuggets

Chris Mullin, Mitch Richmond, Tim Hardaway

1990–91

Warriors

LOST IN FIRST ROUND OF PLAYOFFS

 

 

Jeff Mullins, Nate Thurmond, Rudy LaRusso

1968–69

Warriors

Chet Walker, Bob Love, Clem Haskins

1969–70

Bulls

Connie Hawkins, Dick Van Arsdale, Gail Goodrich

1969–70

Suns

Jeff Mullins, Cazzie Russell, Nate Thurmond

1971–72

Warriors

Alex English, Dan Issel, Kiki Vandeweghe

1981–82

Nuggets

Moses Malone, Julius Erving, Andrew Toney

1983–84

76ers

Dale Ellis, Xavier McDaniel, Tom Chambers

1987–88

SuperSonics

FAILED TO REACH PLAYOFFS

 

 

David Thompson, Alex English, Dan Issel

1980–81

Nuggets

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Hardaway, Richmond and Mullin