BIG3 Basketball League
Ice Cube's new BIG3 3-on-3 basketball league
The BIG3, a summer pro 3-on-3 basketball league featuring former NBA players, returns in 2018 for its second season. The entire league -- every team -- plays one game per week. The BIG3 2018 summer season will be eight weeks of regular season play and two weeks of playoffs. So, although it's called a league, it's essentially a weekly event, taking place in a different city each week. So, the BIG3 is a traveling 3-on-3 basketball tour just as much as it's a league. Nothing bad about that!
One huge change for BIG 3's 2018 summer season is, games will be shown live on FOX Broadcast Network and FS1 all season long. Last year, in the inaugural season, the championship finals were live, but everything else was shown on tape delay a full day later.
And in other BIG3 news, sometime in March, 2018 BIG3 commissioner Roger Mason was fired. For now, as of mid March, co-founder Ice Cube is the league's new commissioner. It sounds like the league will seek a replacement. We'll update this page with any developments.
Many of last season's players are returning for the summer of 2018. As for new BIG3 players, Baron Davis, Metta World Peace, Nate Robinson, Amar'e Stoudemire and Glen "Big Baby" Davis are all on board.
InsideHoops.com will provide a season preview with rosters and more, and we'll have weekly coverage once the 2018 season begins.
2018 BIG3 SEASON SCHEDULE
WEEK 1 | June 22: Toyota Center | Houston, Texas
WEEK 2 | June 29: United Center | Chicago, Illinois
WEEK 3 | July 6: Oracle Arena | Oakland, California
WEEK 4 | July 13: Little Caesars Arena | Detroit, Michigan
WEEK 5 | July 20: American Airlines Arena | Miami, Florida
WEEK 6 | July 27: Air Canada Centre | Toronto, Ontario
WEEK 7 | August 3: TD Garden | Boston, Massachusetts
WEEK 8 | August 10: Infinite Energy Arena | Atlanta, Georgia
WEEK 9 | August 17: American Airlines Center | Dallas, Texas *Playoffs*
WEEK 10 | August 24: Barclays Center | Brooklyn, New York *Championship Finals*
2017 BIG3 PREVIEW
The BIG3 basketball league, the new three-on-three league founded by Ice Cube, will begin in the summer of 2017. Although it's being called a league -- and we'll call it that as well -- it's really more of a weekly tour. The BIG3 plays once per week, in a different city each week. There are eight teams, all of which will play one game at each event. The first eight weeks are the regular season. The final two weeks are the playoffs. So, it's really more of a 10-week 3-on-3 basketball tour. But it's new and interesting, so we'll check it out.
The BIG3 season begins June 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The other regular season weekly city locations are Charlotte, Philadelphia, Tulsa, Nashville, Dallas, Lexington (Kentucky) and Los Angeles. The BIG3 Playoffs begin in Seattle on Aug. 20. The champions will be crowned in Las Vegas on Aug. 26.
On Sunday, April 30, 2017 the BIG3 had their first-ever draft, which established the league's complete rosters. They are listed below.
BIG3 TEAM LIST
There are eight teams, all with fun names: 3's Company, 3-Headed Monsters, Ghost Ballers, Ball Hogs, Tri-State, Power, Killer 3s, and Trilogy.
BIG3 LEAGUE SCHEDULE: THE 2017 BIG3 GAME SCHEDULE
The BIG 3 league schedule game dates are all on Sundays except August 26 championship day, which is a Saturday.
· June 25: Barclays Center | Brooklyn, New York
· July 2: Spectrum Center | Charlotte, North Carolina
· July 9: BOK Center | Tulsa, Oklahoma
· July 16: Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
· July 23: UIC Pavilion | Chicago, Illinois
· July 30: American Airlines Center | Dallas, Texas
· August 6: Rupp Arena | Lexington, Kentucky
· August 13: Staples Center | Los Angeles, California
· August 20: Key Arena | Seattle, Washington (Playoffs)
· August 26: T-Mobile Arena | Las Vegas, Nevada (Championship Finals)
THE PLAYERS: BIG 3 TEAM ROSTERS
Captain: Allen Iverson. Co-Captain: DerMarr Johnson. Players: Andre Owens, Mike Sweetney, Ruben Patterson. Coach: Allen Iverson.
Captain: Rashard Lewis. Co-Captain: Jason Williams. Players: Kwame Brown, Eddie Basden, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. Coach: Gary Payton.
Captain: Mike Bibby. Co-Captain: Ricky Davis. Players: Mo Evans, Marcus Banks, Ivan Johnson. Coach: George Gervin.
Captain: Brian Scalabrine. Co-Captain: Josh Childress. Players: Derrick Byars, Rasual Butler, Dominic McGuire. Coach: Rick Barry.
Captain: Jermaine O'Neal. Co-Captain: Bonzi Wells. Players: Xavier Silas, Lee Nailon, Mike James. Coach: Julius Erving.
Captain: Corey Maggette. Co-Captain: Cuttino Mobley. Players: Jerome Williams, DeShawn Stevenson, Moochie Norris. Coach: Clyde Drexler.
Captain: Chauncey Billups. Co-Captain: Stephen Jackson. Players: Reggie Evans, Larry Hughes, Brian Cook. Coach: Charles Oakley.
Captain: Kenyon Martin. Co-Captain: Al Harrington. Players: Rashad McCants, James White, Dion Glover. Coach: Rick Mahorn.
BIG3 RULES: BIG 3 GAME RULES
Each game is played first team to 60 points, win by two. Halftime will occur when one team reaches 30 points.
2017 BIG3 DRAFT RESULTS
The 2017 BIG3 draft was held on April 30 in Las Vegas. Here's how it went down.
1. Trilogy – Rashad McCants
2. 3’s Company – Andre Owens
3. Killers 3s – Reggie Evans
4. Tri State – Xavier Silas
5. 3 Headed Monsters – Kwame Brown
6. Power – Jerome Williams
7. Ball Hogs – Derrick Byars
8. Ghost Ballers – Mo Evans
1. Ghost Ballers – Marcus Banks
2. Ball Hogs – Rasual Butler
3. Power – DeShawn Stevenson
4. 3 Headed Monsters – Eddie Badsen
5. Tri State – Lee Nailon
6. Killer 3s – Larry Hughes
7. 3’s Company – Mike Sweetney
8. Trilogy – James White
1. 3 Headed Monsters – Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
2. Ball Hogs – Dominic McGuire
3. Trilogy – Dion Glover
4. Power – Moochie Norris
5. 3’s Company – Ruben Patterson
6. Ghost Ballers – Ivan Johnson
7. Tri State – Mike James
8. Killer 3s – Brian Cook