It has been thrown around since the Hayward signing. We have all pondered it. Do the Boston Celtics now have a real Big 3 with Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford, and newly acquired Gordon Hayward? They are all NBA All-Star talent players. However, I think they come up just a tad short of a true Big 3.
Gordon Hayward? He is not just a pure shooter. Hayward can do much more with the ball, play defense, take over games, and lead teams to wins. Too often, since the signing, has he been referred to as just a shooter. Like Thomas, Hayward is not the one leaving this trio out of Big 3 talks.
Al Horford is where the problem arises. And I use the word "problem" cautiously, because he is by no means a problem on this team. He is one of the most valuable players on the team, no question. Horford is just not dominant. That is the concern with him. Sure, he is a guy that is consistently always there. But he isn't a typical take over type of guy. Which I believe is somewhat necessary in a Big 3.
So this Celtics squad has a Big 2.5 on their hands. That is not a bad thing whatsoever. I just can't come to calling them, like the title states, a "true Big 3." Horford is the 0.5 in this case.
You would have to be insane to claim Thomas and/or Hayward are not Big 3 caliber players.