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Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018 BIG3 season
BIG3 (logo).png
BIG3 official logo
Sport Basketball
Founded January 11, 2017; 17 months ago (2017-01-11)
Inaugural season 2017
Commissioner Clyde Drexler
No. of teams 8
Country  United States
Headquarters Los Angeles, California
Venue(s) 10
Continent FIBA Americas (Americas)
Most recent
Trilogy (1st title)
Most titles Trilogy (1 title)
TV partner(s) FS1, Fox
Official website

BIG3 is a 3-on-3 basketball league, featuring mostly retired National Basketball Association (NBA) players. The league was created by rapper/actor Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz.


On January 11, 2017, Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz announced their new 3-on-3 basketball league at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel, in New York City.[1]

After the conclusion of the inaugural season, awards were voted on by the players. The MVP was won by 3 Headed Monsters forward Rashard Lewis after he averaged 21.3 points per game. Trilogy's undefeated season led to several awards for members of the team including DPOY won by James White and Coach of the Year awarded to Rick Mahorn.

Adidas and the BIG3 league announced on April 3, 2018, that they agreed upon a three-year deal for Adidas to provide uniforms, apparel, and fan merchandise including tees, hoodies, and hats for The BIG3 League.


The rules of the BIG3 differ considerably from FIBA-sanctioned 3-on-3 games. They are as follows:

  • Like FIBA-sanctioned 3-on-3, games are played on a half-court.
  • Standard two- and three-point shots apply; the three-point line is the same distance as in the NBA.
  • There are also three "four-point zones" on a circle 30 feet away from the basket. One is on the midline of the court; the other two are 40 degrees away from the midline. To score four points, a player's foot must be touching any part of a circle.
  • Instead of a jump ball to start the game, the "home" team inbounds first. The home team is determined by a do-or-die 4-point shootout.
  • The shot clock runs 14 seconds.
  • Additional free throw is taken if a player is fouled while making a shot.
  • A shooting foul awards one free throw, worth the same number of points as the fouled shot. Two-point shots are taken from the free throw line, three-point shots from the three-point line, four-point shots from the midline four-point circle. The free throw is awarded whether or not the fouled shot hits the basket.
  • All fouls are ascribed to the team; players cannot foul out. After the fifth team foul in each half, opponents are guaranteed two one-point free throws and possession of the ball.
  • A team's first technical foul results in one two-point free throw and possession. Additional technical fouls, as well as all flagrant fouls, result in two two-point free throws and possession.
  • To win, a team must score 50 or more points and lead by at least two points.
  • Halftime happens after one team reaches 25 points.
  • Each team receives two timeouts—a 60-second and a 30-second—per half. Unused timeouts do not carry over.
  • Substitutions can be made on a dead ball or by calling a timeout.
  • After a score, a referee must touch the ball. After giving the defense 3 seconds to set, the opposing team must take the ball beyond the top out of bounds line. Player has 5 seconds to return ball inbounds.
  • Defensive rebounds must be cleared if the ball touched the rim. If the ball did not touch the rim, defensive rebounds do not need to be cleared.
  • Steals do not have to be cleared.
  • The ball is cleared when the player with the ball establishes both feet behind the 3-point line. The ball can be cleared by dribbling or passing
  • The defensive rebounder that makes a direct pass that clears the ball, must clear the lane and re-establish himself before his team's shot or pass hits the rim.
  • If a shot or pass hits the rim without being cleared it will result in a turnover.
  • Once a team has cleared the ball and establishes itself on offense, the normal "3 seconds in the key" rule applies.
  • There is no defensive "3-second" rule.
  • Instant replay applies and can be used to determine 3 and 4-point shots, out-of-bounds, flagrant fouls, goaltending, basket interference and clearance.
  • All defensive strategies are allowed, including hand-checking, which is banned in NBA.[2]

Current teams

Team Coach Players
3's Company[3] Michael Cooper DerMarr Johnson (captain)
Baron Davis (co-captain)
Drew Gooden (co-captain)
Andre Emmett
Jason Maxiell
Derrick Byars
3 Headed Monsters[4] Gary Payton Rashard Lewis (captain)
Reggie Evans (co-captain)
Damien Wilkins (co-captain)
Kwame Brown
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
Salim Stoudamire
Ball Hogs Rick Barry Brian Scalabrine (captain)
Josh Childress (co-captain)
DeShawn Stevenson (co-captain)
Andre Owens
Corsley Edwards
Jermaine Taylor
Ghost Ballers[5] George Gervin Mike Bibby (captain)
Ricky Davis (co-captain)
Carlos Boozer (co-captain)
Lee Nailon
Marcus Banks
Mario West
Killer 3s[6] Charles Oakley Chauncey Billups (captain)
Stephen Jackson (co-captain)
Metta World Peace (co-captain)
Alan Anderson
Ryan Hollins
Mike James
Power[7] Nancy Lieberman[8] Corey Maggette (captain)
Cuttino Mobley (co-captain)
Glen Davis (co-captain)
Chris Andersen
Quentin Richardson
Ryan Gomes
Trilogy[9] Rick Mahorn Kenyon Martin (captain)
Al Harrington (co-captain)
Rashad McCants (co-captain)
James White
Dion Glover
Dahntay Jones
Tri-State[10] Julius Erving Jermaine O'Neal (captain)
Nate Robinson (co-captain)
Amar'e Stoudemire
David Hawkins
Robert Hite
Bonzi Wells


Draft selections 2018

The draft lottery was held on April 03, 2018 when BIG3 co-founder Ice Cube and commissioner Clyde Drexler joined Skip Bayless, Shannon Sharpe and Joy Taylor on Fox Sports 1’s “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed” to make the announcement. The Ball Hogs came up with the winning ping pong ball and landed the first overall pick. The 2018 BIG3 Draft was held on Thursday, April 12.

Pick Player Team Last club
1 Andre Owens Ball Hogs BC Hallmann Vienna
2 Andre Emmett 3's Company Jeonju KCC Egis
3 Alan Anderson Killer 3's Lakeland Magic
4 Chris Andersen Power Cleveland Cavaliers
5 David Hawkins Tri-State Galatasaray S.K.
6 Lee Nailon Ghost Ballers Panteras de Aguascalientes
7 Corsley Edwards Ball Hogs İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi B.K.
8 Jason Maxiell 3's Company Detroit Pistons
9 Ryan Hollins Killer 3's Auxilium Pallacanestro Torino
10 Quentin Richardson Power New York Knicks
11 Salim Stoudamire 3 Headed Monsters Guaros de Lara
12 Robert Hite Tri-State Canton Charge
13 Marcus Banks Ghost Ballers Al Gharafa Doha
14 Jermaine Taylor Ball Hogs Salt Lake City Stars
15 Derrick Byars 3's Company Delaware 87ers
16 Mike James Killer 3's Panathinaikos B.C.
17 Ryan Gomes Power Los Angeles D-Fenders
18 Bonzi Wells Tri-State Capitanes de Arecibo
19 Mario West Ghost Ballers Juventud Sionista

Season recaps

2017 BIG3 season

2018 BIG3 season

Advance to playoff
# Team W L Pct. PF PA GP
1 Tri-State 3 1 .750 152 114 4
2 3 Headed Monsters 4 0 1.000 151 131 4
3 Power 2 1 .667 147 125 3
4 3's Company 2 1 .667 147 130 3
5 Killer 3's 1 2 .333 129 146 3
6 Ball Hogs 1 2 .333 115 142 3
7 Ghost Ballers 0 3 .000 132 150 3
8 Trilogy 0 3 .000 118 153 3


  • Top 4 teams advance to the playoffs
  • C BIG3 champions
  • Z clinched best record
  • Y clinched playoffs spot


For the 2017 season, Fox Sports 1 carried the 8 weeks of the regular season and the playoffs on tape delay, while Fox broadcast the championship game live. In 2018, all games will be broadcast live on Friday nights with 4 weeks of games including the semifinals and championship will be aired on Fox, with the remaining weeks airing on FS1. In 2017 Gus Johnson was the regular play-by-play announcer, though Brian Custer filled-in occasionally, Jim Jackson handled color commentary and Michael Rapaport was the sideline reporter.[11] For 2018 Custer was promoted to be the regular play-by-play announcer while Jackson and Rapaport returned.


  1. ^ Nicholas Parco (January 11, 2017). "Ice Cube announces BIG3 basketball league for former NBA stars, will feature Allen Iverson as player and coach". New York Daily News. 
  2. ^ Big 3 - Fox
  3. ^ "NEW TEAM: Allen Iverson and Dermarr Johnson will Lead 3's Company". Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  4. ^ "NEW TEAM: Rashard Lewis & Jason Williams Reunite on 3 Headed Monsters". Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Mike Bibby & Ricky Davis Unite for Ghost Ballers in the #BIG3". Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  6. ^ "NEW TEAM: Chauncey Billups & Stephen Jackson unite for KILLER3s". Retrieved February 15, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Corey Maggette & Cuttino Mobley Join Forces on POWER". Retrieved March 29, 2017. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "NEW TEAM: Kenyon Martin reunites with Al Harrington for TRILOGY". Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Jermaine O'Neal and Bonzi Wells to lead team TRI-STATE". Retrieved March 1, 2017. 
  11. ^ Fox’s Big 3 basketball broadcast team: Gus Johnson, Jim Jackson and…Michael Rapaport? Retrieved June 15, 2017.

External links

  • Official website
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