In search of an 'Even Bigger Three'

It may seem like a fantasy now, but Paul, Howard and Durant in OKC could be reality in 2012. Getty Images

LeBron James' splash in South Beach has created a ripple effect around the league.

Just 48 hours after James' decision on Thursday night, Chris Paul allegedly hinted he could join Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire in New York one day, according to the New York Post. "We'll form our own Big 3," Paul reportedly said at Anthony's wedding in the Big Apple.

Sure, it could have been merely a throwaway comment to get a few laughs with LeBron in attendance. But a year ago, a trio of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh was nothing more than a comical basketball fantasy, too.

It got us thinking: Would that hypothetical Big Three in New York be the best trio to combat the Miami one?