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In the generation of new players today in the NBA there has always been a formidable Big 3 in the League which the likes of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat and also the trio of Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. But before of all these Big 3 evolved in the league there is one trio that need to have a contest for them to have their monicker of their trio and that is no other than Run TMC that is based on a hiphop group which was Run DMC.
These Big 3 is composed of Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin, that at that time they are playing for the Golden State Warriors. These trio have made an average in points of atleast more than 20 points per game each player in a single season which the last trio that had made the same feat was the trio of Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant which also played for the Warriors in 2017 up to 2019.
Chris Mullin played in the Warriors in 1985, followed by Richmond in 1988 while Hardaway enters the Warriors in 1989. The warriors got this 3 players all via NBA Draft. The Run TMC using the offensive style of their Head Coach Don Nelson which was called the "Nelly Ball" one kind of up tempo offense that is not yet in the fundamentals of basketball. The simple explanation on these Nelly Ball offense is that the Forward or even the Centers of their team he let to play as a playmaker, or as of now they are calling it point forward.
As an example of this point forward is Magic Johnson who's height is 6 foot 9 inches, but his scenario is different because in the majority of his game he is playing as the play maker. But in the Nelly Ball system they have an assigned point guard on the court and the other 4 players need to also play as a play maker while the set up of the game is changing.
The usual set up of this system is that Nelson is using 3 guards and 2 forwards, meaning there is no legit center playing inside the court more on offense than the defense. The style of the game of Run TMC is a high scoring game which was first seen on 1990 season the Rookie Year of Tim Hardaway. The first time that these 3 players scored 20 point a piece was on 1990 over the Boston Celtics.
On February 1991 on their game against the Orlando Magic whey they lost on that game, while the Run TMC trio have scored 30 points a piece. Also on that same year Mullin average 25.7 points, Richmond had 23.9 while Hardaway had 22.9 points per game for a total of 72.5 point per game which is the most highest points combined by a trio in 1991 and second in the history of the league behind only the trio of Denver Nuggets in 1983.
The Run TMC trio helped the Warriors to make it to the playoffs and able to upset the 2nd seed in the West Spurs which lead that time by David Robinson before lossing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2nd round. According to Sam Perkins who at that time playing for the Lakers because of the stardom that time of the trio of Run TMC and that their monicker is based in the Run DMC the hiphop group performed in the halftime in one of the playoff games of Lakers and Warriors.
So maybe you are all wondering why these team never made a championship or even made it to the finals despite their effectiveness in the game? So it because that the Run TMC trio have only last for 2 seasons. Mitch Ritchmond was traded to the Sacramento Kings for the warriors to get the 3rd overall pick of the 1991 NBA Draft, that is Billy Owens based on the report the move was made by Don Nelson which is also the General Manager of the Warriors. Because that move is to build up more on their offense because Owens is being considered that time to Magic Johnson style of playing who stands at 6 foot 8 inches but can still play as a point guard. But the problem is that Owens did not adapt the Nelly Ball system. Where he average 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists also not bad for a Rookie. While Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway still consistent after Richmond departed from the team which still they averaged 20 points a piece.
And that is the story of the Run TMC trio which has been one of the What if of the NBA on what should be an legacy they would have made if ever these 3 players played together for at least 5 to 7 years.