Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/30/14

When Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen came together to form a Big Three with the Celtics a few years ago, it was somewhat of a novel concept. Rarely could teams find a way to get several superstars together on one roster. Now, however, Big Threes — or other, similarly themed collections of big-name stars — are a regular part of the NBA. The most well-known group is in Miami, where LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh turned their treehouse club into last season’s NBA championship. The idea of banding together with some pals and making a powerful lineup now appears to be making its way to the NFL, where several young defensive playmakers say they are thinking ahead and looking to follow James and Wade. “Me, Marcell Dareus and Aldon Smith, we talked about doing the whole LeBron, Wade and Bosh thing,” said Von Miller, Denver’s standout second-year linebacker, according to USA Today. “We talked about doing that somewhere down the line.” Miller, who was picked second in last year’s NFL Draft, and Smith (seventh) are both posting incredible numbers from the defensive side of the ball. In just their second year in the league, both are challenging Michael Strahan’s single-season sack record of 22.5, with Smith racking up 19.5 and Miller recording 17.5 with one game left. Their influence on their teams, which has extended well beyond the basic stat totals, has some wondering whether this could be the next great age for defensive playmakers. If the two sack leaders somehow figure out a way to get on the same team — and bring in the Bills’ Dareus, who is no slouch on defense, either — then the conversation could change to whether this era could host the best defensive team ever. And whether quarterbacks would still agree to suit up. It looks good on paper, but still, these players have had only a couple of years to show off their skills. And if the case of Bron Bron, D-Wade and Like A Bosh taught sports fans anything, it’s that getting a bunch of good players together doesn’t guarantee (instant) success.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Michael Vick: Starting at QB again is a dream come true

Red Sox to reportedly target Pablo Sandoval in offseason

Alex Rodriguez's season-long MLB ban comes to an end

Madison Bumgarner pitches Giants to World Series title

Giants fans get rowdy celebrating World Series win

Roy Williams' response to criticism over academic scandal

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jerry Jones challenging Tony Romo to play Sunday?

Wizards make rapper Wale new 'creative liaison' for team

Report: Joe Maddon to become Cubs manager

Rockets Harden and Ariza visit Julius Randle in the hospital

Dan Gilbert asked if he 'deserved' to have LeBron back

Brady: Maybe at Manning's age I'll be playing that well

WATCH: Randle offers money for massage in jailhouse video

Top storyline for each Week 9 NFL game

WATCH: Chevy guy bombs World Series presentation

WATCH: James Ennis throws down dunk of the season

Kris Humphries shares nasty photo of gruesome finger injury

WATCH: Joe Panik makes play of the game in Game 7

Russell Westbrook wears aluminum foil-like outfit

WATCH: Capitals' Chimera suffers nasty broken nose

Robert Griffin III to start against Vikings

WATCH: Navy raps about Notre Dame, set to ‘Anaconda’

Rulon Gardner selling Olympic memorabilia to pay $3.9M debt

Mike Pettine says he ‘can sense’ Johnny Manziel’s frustration

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Top storyline for each Week 9 game

Williams' response to criticism

WATCH: Chevy guy totally bombs

Bumgarner pitches Giants to title

Report: Cubs to hire Maddon as manager

Tom Brady talks Peyton Manning

Best Game 7s in World Series history

NFL, MLB spend on mid-term elections

Gurley suspended four games

Gordie Howe suffered stroke

WATCH: Kobe and Dwight get into it

Notre Dame WR will not be punished

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.