Big 3

In the lead up to the BIG3’s highly anticipated Championship Game this Saturday in Las Vegas, the league announced the winners of the inaugural season’s BIG3 Player Awards.  True to the league’s ethos of putting players first, the honorees were all nominated and voted on by the players.

The 3 Headed Monsters’ Rashard Lewis earned the league’s first ever Most Valuable Player award. Despite losing his fellow Player Captain Jason ‘White Chocolate’ Williams to a season-ending injury in the first game, ‘Sweet Lew’ guided his team to the second best record in the league.  Lewis led the league with an impressive 170 points, averaging 21.3 points per game, and shooting better than 50% in all but one game.  He fearlessly guided the 3 Headed Monsters to the Championship Game by securing a semifinals victory last weekend in Seattle, bringing fans to their feet with thunderous cheers for their hometown hero.

Fresh off its undefeated regular season, Trilogy led the pack with four individual honors.  Rick Mahorn was named Coach of the Yearfor his work in deftly shepherding the team to nine consecutive victories.  In two of the last three games, his squad faced significant deficits of nine and 14 points, putting their perfect season in jeopardy, but Mahorn showed his mettle and maintained his team’s composure bringing them back from the brink of defeat to secure decisive victories.  Kenyon Martin was recognized as the Player Captain of the Year, for his leadership both on and off the half-court.  His strategic decision making at the BIG3 Draft ensured early on that Trilogy had all of the key facets to construct their perfect season.  James ‘Flight’ White got the nod for Defensive Player of the Year, and Trilogy Co-Captain Al Harrington earned the Too Hard to Guard title, for his elusive offensive technique.  Trilogy ended the regular season with a pristine 8-0 record, and toppled the Ghost Ballers 50-39 in the semifinals to advance to the BIG3 Championship Game in Las Vegas.

Stephen Jackson was dubbed the BIG3’s Best Trash Talker following more than a few fiery, passion-fueled exchanges with his adversaries - both on the court, and on social media.  Jackson also finished the season as the league’s runner-up in points with 167, proving his bark is just as strong as his bite.  Power’s Cuttino Mobley beat out stiff competition to lock up the Best Dressed honor, thanks to his impeccable sartorial selections.  3’s Company’s Al Thornton was recognized as the 4th Man, for his adaptability and key contributions off the bench all season long.

FULL LIST OF BIG3 2017 PLAYER AWARDS:

  • Most Valuable Player: Rashard Lewis, 3 Headed Monsters
  • Coach of the Year: Rick Mahorn, Trilogy
  • Player Captain of the Year: Kenyon Martin, Trilogy
  • Defensive Player of the Year: James White, Trilogy
  • Too Hard to Guard: Al Harrington, Trilogy
  • Best Trash Talker: Stephen Jackson, Killer 3s
  • Best Dressed: Cuttino Mobley, Power
  • 4th Man: Al Thornton, 3’s Company

Killer 3s’ Reggie Evans finished the season as the stats leader in four categories: Total Rebounds (87), Offensive Rebounds (26), Field Goal % (.638) and Double-Doubles (4). DeShawn Stevenson sunk a league-leading 32 3-pointers, while Mike Bibby took the 4 Point King title, sinking a grand total of 6.  He also led the league in assists with 30.  League scoring leader (170) Rashard Lewis, also notched the most game-winning shots with four, cementing him as the deciding factor in four of his teams six victories.  For the full list of 2017 BIG3 stat leaders, please see below:

BIG3 2017 REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS

  • Points Scored: Rashard Lewis, 3-Headed Monsters (170)
  • 3-Pointers: DeShawn Stevenson, Power (32)
  • 3-Point %: DeShawn Stevenson, Power (.427)
  • 4-Pointers: Mike Bibby, Ghost Ballers (6)
  • 4-Point %: Rashard Lewis, 3-Headed Monsters (.667)
  • Total Rebounds: Reggie Evans, Killer 3s (87)
  • Offensive Rebounds: Reggie Evans, Killer 3s (26)
  • Assists: Mike Bibby, Ghost Ballers (30)
  • Steals: Bonzi Wells, Tri-State (7)
  • Blocks: DerMarr Johnson, 3’s Company (7), Rasual Butler, Ball Hogs (7)
  • Field Goal %: Reggie Evans, Killer 3s (.638)
  • Free Throw %: James White, Trilogy (.833)
  • Plus/Minus: James White, Trilogy (87)
  • Double-Doubles: Reggie Evans, Killer 3s (4)
  • Game-Winning Shots: Rashard Lewis, 3-Headed Monsters (4)
  • Minutes Played: Stephen Jackson, Killer 3s (259)

With the inaugural BIG3 Championship game set for Saturday, Aug. 26, FOX Sports today announces it has extended its media rights agreement with the BIG3, the professional 3-on-3 basketball league co-founded by Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz. The announcement was made today by FOX Sports Head of Business Operations David Nathanson.

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About two months ago, before the inaugural BIG3 season even began, 3-Headed Monsters captain Rashard Lewis got a phone call from Ray Allen. The retired NBA superstar had been in Portland and was driving up to Seattle.

“Man, I just had to call you,” Allen said to Lewis. “I’m pulling into Seattle right now. It’s bringing back so many memories. I just had to call you.”

Allen and Lewis were teammates with the Seattle SuperSonics from 2003-07 (and again with the Miami Heat from 2012-14).

Lewis was so glad to hear from his old friend. “And I told him that was crazy,” Lewis recalled, “because I knew I was going to be out there in just a couple of months.”

Two months later, Lewis is in Seattle getting ready to lead his 3-Headed Monsters into the BIG3 playoffs, which will take place Sunday at Seattle’s Key Arena.

Lewis said he understood Allen’s excitement about being back in Seattle.

“I’m excited to go back there, too,” he said. “Just to look around and see everything. I kinda grew into a man in Seattle – I was a teenager when I got there.”

Lewis came straight out of high school when he was drafted by the Sonics. He fell in love with the city – it’s where he met his wife, who went to the University of Washington – and he learned from the veteran players there.

One of those veteran players is currently his coach with the 3-Headed Monsters – Hall of Famer Gary Payton.

Lewis said that seeing how competitive and fiery Payton was as a player helped his own development. “You take pieces from everybody,” Lewis said. “I took pieces from Gary, pieces from Ray Allen. I learned different things from different players along the way that helped me get to the next level.”

In addfition to Lewis and Payton, Reggie Evans of the Killer 3s also played for the Sonics.

Coming back to Seattle is extra special for Lewis and the rest of the BIG3 players since that city lost its NBA franchise in 2008. The Sonics moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder that year, so Sunday’s playoffs will be the official return of men’s professional basketball there. (The city still has the Seattle Storm of the WNBA.)

When BIG3 co-founders Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz set out to create the 2017 schedule, Seattle was always in the plans. They knew what a passionate basketball city Seattle is, so they saw it as a great way for Seattle basketball fans to enjoy the game.

As Andrew Sharp noted in a 2010 story on SBNation.com, the city has a rich basketball history – one that goes well beyond the loss of the SuperSonics.

“Almost like a reminder of the NBA's absurd oversight, Seattle's basketball culture continues to thrive,” Sharp wrote. “More than ever, we're talking about one of the three or four best basketball cities in the country, with grassroots programs and intense high school rivalries, Seattle U's burgeoning program, UW's perennially contending Huskies, the Seattle Storm, and a pipeline to the NBA that's unmatched by just about any city in the country.”

That pipeline includes current Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas and 2017 first-round draft pick Markelle Fultz.

According to CBS Seattle, here is a list of the top NBA players who hail from the Seattle area:

  1. Brandon Roy
  2. Jamal Crawford
  3. Jason Terry
  4. Doug Christie
  5. James Edwards
  6. Marvin Williams
  7. Isaiah Thomas
  8. Spencer Hawes
  9. Michael Dickerson
  10. Rodney Stuckey