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BIG3 official logo
FoundedJanuary 11, 2017; 2 years ago (2017-01-11)
Inaugural season2017
CommissionerClyde Drexler
No. of teams12
Country United States
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California
ContinentFIBA Americas (Americas)
Most recent
Power (1st title)
Most titles

BIG3 is a professional 3-on-3 basketball league, featuring former National Basketball Association (NBA) and international 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.

On April 3, 2018, the BIG3 and Adidas agreed on a three-year partnership in which Adidas would launch a full retail line of sneakers, apparel, jerseys, and equipment to launch in 2019.

In conjunction with Adidas, the BIG3 launched Young3, a youth initiative for underprivileged young kids that took place in every BIG3 city and was held with Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

On January 11, 2019, the BIG3 announced that they would expand to 12 teams for the upcoming season and move to two nights per week. The four new team names include Triplets, Aliens, Bivouac and Enemies.


The rules of BIG3 differ considerably from FIBA-sanctioned 3-on-3 (branded as 3x3) games. They are as follows:

  • Like FIBA-sanctioned 3x3, 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. (3x3 uses the FIBA arc, with shots from outside the arc worth 2 points and all others worth 1.)
  • Unique to BIG3 are 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. Compare with 3x3, in which the first possession is determined by a pregame coin toss, with the winner choosing whether to take possession at the start of a game or the start of a potential overtime.
  • The shot clock runs 14 seconds, as opposed to 12 in 3x3.
  • 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. 3x3 follows standard FIBA rules for free throws after shooting fouls, with the exception of bonus situations (see next item). Normally, if the basket attempt was made, one free throw is awarded, and if the basket attempt was missed, a number of free throws equal to the value of the shot attempt is awarded. Additionally, all free throws in 3x3 are worth 1 point, as they are in standard full-court basketball.
  • Similar to 3x3, fouls are ascribed to the team; players cannot foul out. However, the bonus free throw rules differ between the two rule sets. In BIG3, after the fifth team foul in each half, opponents are guaranteed two one-point free throws and possession of the ball. Teams do not enter the bonus in 3x3 until the 7th team foul in a game, at which point the non-fouling team receives two free throws, but not possession. Only on the 10th team foul does the non-fouling team receive two free throws and possession. Under FIBA 3x3 rules, the normal rules for free throws on shooting fouls are specifically superseded by the bonus rules.
  • 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. In 3x3, fouls classified as "technical" result in one (1-point) free throw and possession during open play, and "unsportsmanlike" fouls (essentially the same as "flagrant" fouls in BIG3) result in two free throws and possession.
  • To win, a team must score 50 or more points and lead by at least two points. This also means that overtime is not used in BIG3. In 3x3, the game ends by rule after 10 minutes of play, or if a team reaches at least 21 points, with no required victory margin. If the teams are tied, 3x3 uses an untimed overtime with the shot clock enforced, and the first team that scores 2 points in the overtime wins.
  • Halftime happens after one team reaches 25 points. 3x3 has only a single period of 10 minutes.
  • Each team receives two timeouts—a 60-second and a 30-second—per half. Unused timeouts do not carry over. 3x3 allows only one timeout per team.
  • 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 the ball inbounds. In 3x3, a referee is not required to be involved in a change of possession after the score. Instead, the non-scoring team takes possession of the ball directly under the basket, and at that point is free to dribble or pass the ball, but no shot is legal until the ball has been cleared beyond the arc.
  • 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. In 3x3, all defensive rebounds must be cleared.
  • Steals do not have to be cleared, unlike in 3x3.
  • 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. This rule is identical to 3x3.
  • A defensive rebounder who 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, following a defensive rebound after the ball touches the rim, the rebounding team shoots or passes before clearing the ball and the ball hits the rim, it results in a turnover. This rule is identical to 3x3, and in that variant also extends to all changes of possession.
  • 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, unlike in 3x3.
  • 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 the NBA.[2]
  • The ball used in BIG3 is the size 7 ball used in the men's full-court game (standard circumference 29.5 in/75 cm, standard weight 22 oz/620 g). All adult 3x3 competitions, whether for men, women, or mixed teams, use a ball unique to that game. The weight is the same as that of a size 7 ball, but the circumference is that of the size 6 ball (28.5 in/72 cm) used in the women's full-court game.

Current teams[edit]

Team Coach Players
3's Company[3] Michael Cooper DerMarr Johnson (captain)
Baron Davis (co-captain)
Drew Gooden (co-captain)
Andre Emmett
Jason Maxiell
Dahntay Jones
Keith Bogans
3 Headed Monsters[4] Gary Payton Rashard Lewis (captain)
Reggie Evans (co-captain)
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (co-captain)
Jamario Moon
Kwame Brown
Salim Stoudamire
Qyntel Woods
Ball Hogs Rick Barry Brian Scalabrine (captain)
Josh Childress (co-captain)
DeShawn Stevenson (co-captain)
Andre Owens
Corsley Edwards
Jermaine Taylor
Ghost Ballers[8] George Gervin Mike Bibby (captain)
Ricky Davis (co-captain)
Carlos Boozer (co-captain)
Lee Nailon
Marcus Banks
Mario West
Ivan Johnson
Killer 3's[9] Charles Oakley Chauncey Billups (captain)
Stephen Jackson (co-captain)
Metta World Peace (co-captain)
Alan Anderson
Ryan Hollins
Mike James
Josh Powell
Power[10] Nancy Lieberman[11] Corey Maggette (captain)
Cuttino Mobley (co-captain)
Glen Davis (co-captain)
Chris Andersen
Quentin Richardson
Ryan Gomes
Xavier Silas
Trilogy[12] Rick Mahorn Kenyon Martin (captain)
Al Harrington (co-captain)
Rashad McCants (co-captain)
James White
Dion Glover
Al Thornton
Derrick Byars
Tri-State[13] Julius Erving Jermaine O'Neal (captain)
Nate Robinson (co-captain)
Amar'e Stoudemire (co-captain)
David Hawkins
Robert Hite
Bonzi Wells
Triplets[14] Lisa Leslie


2018 draft[edit]

The draft lottery was held on April 3, 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.[15]

The draft was held on April 12, 2018 with 19 players selected.[16]

Player selections[edit]

Round Pick Player Team NBA experience Last team Last played
1 1 Andre Owens Ball Hogs 2 years Austria BC Zepter Vienna 2015
1 2 Andre Emmett 3's Company 2 years South Korea Jeonju KCC Egis Active
1 3 Alan Anderson Killer 3's 8 years United States Lakeland Magic Active
1 4 Chris Andersen Power 15 years United States Cleveland Cavaliers 2017
1 5 David Hawkins Tri-State none Turkey Galatasaray 2013
1 6 Lee Nailon Ghost Ballers 6 years Mexico Panteras de Aguascalientes 2014
2 7 Corsley Edwards Ball Hogs 1 year Turkey İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi B.K. 2014
2 8 Jason Maxiell 3's Company 10 years United States Detroit Pistons 2017
2 9 Ryan Hollins Killer 3's 10 years Italy Auxilium Pallacanestro Torino 2017
2 10 Quentin Richardson Power 13 years United States New York Knicks 2013
2 11 Salim Stoudamire 3 Headed Monsters 3 years Venezuela Guaros de Lara 2013
2 12 Robert Hite Tri-State 1 year United States Canton Charge 2013
2 13 Marcus Banks Ghost Ballers 8 years Qatar Al-Gharafa SC 2016
3 14 Jermaine Taylor Ball Hogs 2 years United States Salt Lake City Stars 2018
3 15 Derrick Byars 3's Company 1 year United States Delaware Blue Coats 2017
3 16 Mike James Killer 3's 12 years United States Texas Legends 2015
3 17 Ryan Gomes Power 8 years United States Los Angeles D-Fenders 2016
3 18 Bonzi Wells Tri-State 10 years Puerto Rico Capitanes de Arecibo 2010
3 19 Mario West Ghost Ballers 4 years Argentina Juventud Sionista 2015

Last played refers to last year of being active in any basketball league

Most recent season recap[edit]

2018 BIG3 season[edit]

Advance to playoff
# Team W L Pct. PF PA GP
1 C Power 7 1 .875 399.2 326.4 8
2 Y 3 Headed Monsters 7 1 .875 392.2 359.2 8
3 Y 3's Company 5 3 .625 390.4 332.8 8
4 Y Tri-State 5 3 .625 371.2 350.4 8
5 Killer 3's 3 5 .375 342.4 380.8 8
6 Trilogy 3 5 .375 360 378.4 8
7 Ball Hogs 1 7 .125 323.8 394.4 8
8 Ghost Ballers 1 7 .125 336.8 394.4 8


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



Year Winner Players Coach Runner-up Players Coach
2017 Trilogy Rick Mahorn 3 Headed
Gary Payton
2018 Power Nancy Lieberman 3's Company[17] Michael Cooper

Most Valuable Player[edit]

Year Team Player Ref
2017 3 Headed Monsters Rashard Lewis [18]
2018 Power Corey Maggette [19]

Coach of the Year[edit]

Year Team Player Ref
2017 Trilogy Rick Mahorn [20]
2018 Power Nancy Lieberman [21]

Captain of the Year[edit]

Year Team Player Ref
2017 Trilogy Kenyon Martin [22]
2018 Power Corey Maggette [23]


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.[24] 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". Archived from the original on March 9, 2017. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  4. ^ "NEW TEAM: Rashard Lewis & Jason Williams Reunite on 3 Headed Monsters". Archived from the original on February 4, 2017. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  5. ^ "Aliens Announced as Second BIG3 Expansion Team". Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  6. ^ "Bivouac Announced as third BIG3 Expansion Team". Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  7. ^ "Enemies join BIG3 Expansion". Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  8. ^ "Mike Bibby & Ricky Davis Unite for Ghost Ballers in the #BIG3". Archived from the original on February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  9. ^ "NEW TEAM: Chauncey Billups & Stephen Jackson unite for KILLER3s". Archived from the original on May 16, 2017. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  10. ^ "Corey Maggette & Cuttino Mobley Join Forces on POWER". Archived from the original on March 30, 2017. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  11. ^
  12. ^ "NEW TEAM: Kenyon Martin reunites with Al Harrington for TRILOGY". Archived from the original on February 11, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  13. ^ "Jermaine O'Neal and Bonzi Wells to lead team TRI-STATE". Archived from the original on March 2, 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  14. ^ "BIG3 EXPANSION". Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  15. ^ Ellenport, Craig. "BIG3 Draft Lottery". BIG3. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  16. ^ Ellenport, Craig. "BIG3 Season 2 Draft Review". BIG3. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  17. ^
  18. ^ "Rashard Lewis wins first-ever BIG3 MVP; Stephen Jackson named Best Trash Talker".
  19. ^ "Corey Maggette named Big3 MVP, Nancy Lieberman Coach of Year".
  20. ^ "Rashard Lewis wins first-ever BIG3 MVP; Stephen Jackson named Best Trash Talker".
  21. ^ "Corey Maggette named Big3 MVP, Nancy Lieberman Coach of Year".
  22. ^ "BIG3 2017 PLAYER AWARDS".
  23. ^ "2018 BIG3 Basketball awards: Corey Maggette takes home MVP; 'Birdman' wins Defensive Player of the Year".
  24. ^ Fox’s Big 3 basketball broadcast team: Gus Johnson, Jim Jackson and…Michael Rapaport? Retrieved June 15, 2017.

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