Big 3

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When the inaugural BIG3 schedule was released this spring, you can be sure league co-founder Ice Cube had Aug. 13 circled on the calendar. After traveling all over the country through the first seven weeks of the season, the regular season concludes Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It might as well be Cube’s back yard.

“I’m excited about finally being home,” he said. “Coming to the Staples Center is symbolic for me, because this is where I’ve seen the Lakers win championships. And when I envisioned the BIG3, I envisioned it to be in places like the Staples Center.”

Growing up in Compton, Cube of course was a die-hard Lakers fan. Still is.

“I got the BIG3, but I’m still the biggest Laker fan out here,” Cube told Good Day LA. “I love my Lakers.”

After all, the whole idea behind starting the BIG3 began after Cube watched his favorite player, Kobe Bryant, drain 60 points in his Lakers career finale. So it’s safe to say Los Angeles and the Staples Center are already a big part of the BIG3 story.

Of course, Los Angeles is a big part of the basketball story in general. Since moving to LA in 1961, the Lakers have won 11 NBA championships. From Kobe and Shaq to Magic and Kareem to Wilt, Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, the bar for LA basketball has always been set extremely high.

In addition to Cube, a trio of BIG3 players were born in the area: Ball Hogs captain Brian Scalabrine (Long Beach), Ball Hogs co-captain Josh Childress (Harbor City) and Tri-State’s Lou Amundson (Ventura). For what it’s worth, Amundson’s Tri-State teammate Dominic McGuire grew up down the road in San Diego.

Being the second-largest market in the U.S. and featuring a booming AAU community, it’s easy to understand how the area can produce so many big-time ballers.

In recent seasons, there have been around 20 NBA players born in the greater Los Angeles area, including a trio from Ice Cube’s hometown of Compton – DeMar DeRozan, Tayshaun Prince and Brandon Jennings.

Other notable NBA players, past and present, who were born in Los Angeles include:

Gilbert Arenas

Baron Davis

Gail Goodrich

James Harden

Richard Jefferson

Kawhi Leonard

Andre Miller

Tracy Murray

Reggie Theus

Klay Thompson

Russell Westbrook

Dorrel Wright

George Yardley

Nick Young

Killer 3s Player/Coach Charles Oakley announced via Twitter today that he will make his playing debut during the team’s final regular season game on Sunday, Aug. 13 at STAPLES Center. Player Captain Chauncey Billups will assume coaching duties in Los Angeles.

Oakley, who played 19 seasons in the NBA for the Bulls, Knicks, Raptors, Wizards, and Rockets, is most known for his time in New York. Over the course of his 10 seasons with the Knicks, he made a name for himself as one of the best rebounders and defenders in the league alongside legends Patrick Ewing, John Starks, and Mark Jackson. Oakley is one of the toughest and most feared players in the history of the NBA with unmatched physicality and intensity.

In Los Angeles for the regular-season finale at STAPLES Center (2 p.m. PT), Oakley will take the court with Player of the Week Stephen Jackson and league leading rebounder Reggie Evans in a battle to topple undefeated Trilogy (7-0). In a repeat matchup from Week 1, fans can expect a heated game as Oakley, Jackson, and the Killer 3s (2-5) look to get revenge and ruin Trilogy’s perfect season.

In front of the stars in Los Angeles, Week 8 will bring intense competition with four games that have Championship contention implications. Fans across the country can catch all the action on Monday, August 14 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1. Tickets are currently on sale at BIG3.com/Tickets.

By Craig Ellenport

The last week of the regular season is always tricky for fantasy players. Which teams have nothing to play for? Which teams might be resting their players in preparation for next week’s playoffs? There’s not as much uncertainty here in the 8-team BIG3 as there would be in, say, Week 16 of the NFL season. But there are a few things to consider:

  • Four teams have a lot to play for. The Ghost Ballers, Tri-State, Power and 3’s Company all need to win Sunday. So don’t be afraid to play the best guys from these teams.
  • The Ball Hogs and Killer 3s are the only teams that are already eliminated from playoff contention. Don’t expect the Killer 3s to do anything different Sunday, because they will be going all out to end Trilogy’s perfect season. The Ball Hogs will not lay down, either, though it’s interesting to note they had their most balanced attack of the season last week. Captain Brian Scalabrine had his best game of the year (5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal), so maybe this is the week to ride White Mamba.
  • Trilogy has locked up the No. 1 seed. But of course they are still chasing perfection. You know they want to take that bow when the game is over, so expect the usual from Al Harrington and company.
  • That leaves the 3-Headed Monsters, who are locked into the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. Nothing to gain here from a win-lose standpoint, but it will be interesting to see how badly they want to give Rashard Lewis the BIG3 scoring title. Lewis leads Stephen Jackson by the slimmest of margins, so he’ll need a big game here to have shot at holding off Stak. The Killer 3s play Game 4 on Sunday, so Lewis won’t know how many points he needs – he’ll just have to go for it. That said, the 3-Headed Monsters got solid fantasy efforts last week from their two reserves – Eddie Basden and Kareem Rush. Rush had 14 fantasy points in Week 7 – he had 9 all season before that. Don’t be surprised to see Rush and Basden get more playing time Sunday.

Speaking of sleepers for Week 8, might as well ride Tri-State’s Dominic McGuire. After amassing 16 fantasy points through Week 6, McGuire exploded for 37.5 in Tri-State’s big win over the Ghost Ballers. McGuire did it all – 13 points (including three 3-pointers), 8 boards, 5 assists and 2 blocks. Tri-State has a must-win game Sunday vs. Power, so they’ll need another strong effort from McGuire.

FANTASY NUMBERS

After another strong week, Andre Owens of 3’s Company has just about wrapped up the 2017 BIG3 Fantasy scoring crown. Lewis and Power’s DeShawn Stevenson are within reach if they have monster games, but it would take a lot.

As always, you can check fantasy points for every BIG3 player here.

Week 7 Fantasy Points Leaders

Dominic McGuire, Tri-State                          37.5

Rashad McCants, Trilogy                              30.5

Rashard Lewis, 3-Headed Monsters           28

Bonzi Wells, Tri-State                                    25.5

DeShawn Stevenson, Power                                    25

Cuttino Mobley, Power                                 24.5

Andre Owens, 3’s Company                         23

Stephen Jackson, Killer 3s                            23

Reggie Evans, Killer 3s                                 22

Mike Bibby, Ghost Ballers                             20

Overall Fantasy Points Leaders

Andre Owens, 3’s Company                         203.5

DeShawn Stevenson, Power                                    177.5

Rashard Lewis, 3-Headed Monsters           177.5

Cuttino Mobley, Power                                 166.5

Reggie Evans, Killer 3s                                 159

Stephen Jackson, Killer 3s                            143

James White, Trilogy                                     140.5

Derrick Byars, Hall Hogs                               135.5

Mike Bibby, Ghost Ballers                             134
DerMarr Johnson, 3’s Company                  134

 

STAT LEADERS

Points Scored/Game

Rashard Lewis, 3-Headed Monsters                     21.7

Stephen Jackson, Killer 3s                                      21.6

Cuttino Mobley, Power                                            19.6

Rashad McCants, Trilogy                                         18.4

Andre Owens, 3’s Company                                   16.1

Al Harrington, Trilogy                                             15.4

Ricky Davis, Ghost Ballers                                       15.0

DeShawn Stevenson, Power                                   15.0

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, 3-Headed Monsters        14.0

Derrick Byars, Ball Hogs                                         13.7

Total 3-Pointers

DeShawn Stevenson, Power                       26

Rasual Butler, Power                                  18

Andre Owens, 3’s Company                       15

Derrick Byars, Ball Hogs                             12

Mike James, Tri-State                                  11

Rashad McCants, Trilogy                             11

DerMarr Johnson, 3’s Company                11

Cuttino Mobley, Power                                11

Total Rebounds

Reggie Evans, Killer 3s                                87

Andre Owens, 3’s Company                       52

Rashard Lewis, 3-Headed Monsters         52

Kwame Brown, 3-Headed Monsters         48

Jerome Williams, Power                            47

Bonzi Wells, Tri-State                                 42

Ivan Johnson, Ghost Ballers                        42

Al Harrington, Trilogy                                 42

Cuttino Mobley, Power                                40

James White, Trilogy                                   39

Assists

Mike Bibby, Ghost Ballers                                       26

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, 3-Headed Monsters        21

Cuttino Mobley, Power                                            20

Andre Owens, 3’s Company                                   18

Al Harrington, Trilogy                                             15

Ivan Johnson, Ghost Ballers                                    15

James White, Trilogy                                               14

Stephen Jackson, Killer 3s                                      14

Mike James, Tri-State                                              14

DeShawn Stevenson, Power                                   14

Steals

Bonzi Wells, Tri-State                                             7

Cuttino Mobley, Power                                            6

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, 3-Headed Monsters        6

Mike James, Tri-State                                              6

Rasual Butler, Ball Hogs                                          6

Ricky Davis, Ghost Ballers                                       6

Andre Owens, 3’s Company                                   6

Reggie Evans, Killer 3s                                            6

Rashard Lewis, 3-Headed Monsters                     5

Kwame Brown, 3-Headed Monsters                     5

Rashad McCants, Trilogy                                         5

Blocks

Rashard Lewis, 3-Headed Monsters         6

DerMarr Johnson, 3’s Company                6

Josh Childress, Ball Hogs                            5

Rasual Butler, Ball Hogs                              5

Cuttino Mobley, Power                                4

Andre Owens, 3’s Company                       4

Reggie Evans, Killer 3s                                4

Rashad McCants, Trilogy                             4

Lou Amundson, Tri-State                           4

Dominic McGuire, Tri-State                       4

DOUBLE-DOUBLES

Amazingly, Reggie Evans DID NOT have a double-double this week. Still, Evans remains the only player in the league averaging double figures in both points and rebounds. … Rashard Lewis (17 points, 11 rebounds) was the only player with a double-double in Week 7, and he becomes the fifth player in BIG3 with multiple double-doubles:

Reggie Evans, Killer 3s                                 4

Andre Owens, 3’s Company                         2

Jerome Williams, Power                               2

Kwame Brown, 3-Headed Monsters           2

Rashard Lewis, 3-Headed Monsters           2

FOUR-PLAY

Only two 4-pointers made in Week 7, and lowest overall 4-point percentage (2-for-17, .118). Rashad McCants hit his third of the season (he’s one of five players to hit more than one); Al Thornton hit the other in Week 7, making him the 12th player to make a 4-pointer.

Here are the 12 players who have hit at least one 4-pointer:

Mike Bibby, Ghost Ballers                           5

Chauncey Billups, Killer 3s                                    4

DerMarr Johnson, 3’s Company                3

Rashad McCants, Trilogy                             3

Rashard Lewis, 3-Headed Monsters         2

Derrick Byars, Ball Hogs                             1

Cuttino Mobley, Power                                1

Mike James, Tri-State                                  1

Stephen Jackson, Killer 3s                          1

DeShawn Stevenson, Power                       1

Xavier Silas, Ball Hogs                                 1

Al Thornton, 3’s Company                         1

GAME-WINNING SHOTS

Rashard Lewis hit his fourth game-winner of the season, moving past DeShawn Stevenson and Al Harrington for the league lead. The other three players to hit game-winning shots in Week 7 were first-timers: Lee Nailon (Tri-State), Al Thornton (3’s Company) and Rashad McCants (Trilogy).

Of the 18 players who have hit game-winning shots this season, six players have done it more than once. They are:

Rashard Lewis, 3-Headed Monsters                     4

DeShawn Stevenson, Power                                   3

Al Harrington, Trilogy                                             3

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, 3-Headed Monsters        2

Ricky Davis, Ghost Ballers                                       2

James White, Trilogy                                               2

Others who have hit one game-winner:

DerMarr Johnson, 3’s Company

Cuttino Mobley, Power

Derrick Byars, Ball Hogs

Mike Bibby, Ghost Ballers

Stephen Jackson, Killer 3s

Dion Glover, Trilogy

Bonzi Wells, Tri-State

Andre Owens, 3’s Company          

Mo Evans, Killer 3s

Rashad McCants, Trilogy

Al Thornton, 3’s Company

Lee Nailon, Tri-State

 

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