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
PHOTONBAE/GETTY IMAGESHardaway, Richmond and Mullin
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)