What Is The Big 3?
The Big 3 is a is a 3-on-3 basketball league founded by Ice Cube that consists of twelve teams whose rosters include both former NBA players and international players. The age requirement to be in the league is 27 years old. The league features a “4 point shot” and the first team to 50 points is the winner of the game.
Johnson’s Season Recap
In his first ever season in the Big 3, Joe Johnson took the league by storm by dominating every single game and carrying his team to its first ever championship. Joe Johnson led the Big 3 in points (175), assist (31), and field goals (63) which earned him the MVP Award. He earned the nickname “Iso Joe” with his ability to drive, post up, shoot the three, and create open shots for others. Johnson represents Ice Cube’s prototype for his league: someone who segues straight from a lengthy NBA career to 3-on-3 play.
The Future of the Big 3
Joe Johnson, the 6-foot-7, 240-pound small forward, said he got “no interest” from NBA teams as a free agent in 2018. After having stellar performances these past few months in the Big 3, he has renewed the NBA’s interest in him. This is certainly a good look for the Big 3 which hopes it can get more players like Joe to join the league to prove they can still ball. A player like Carmelo Anthony, JR Smith, and Nick Young could have most definitely used this league to get back on a NBA roster. Nonetheless, the league can still use former NBA superstars such as Dwayne Wade to join the BIG3 in the future and gain more fans worldwide in the process. It will be interesting how the Big 3 looks in 5 years.
NBA Teams Have Already Shown Interest In Joe
Joe Johnson has already worked out with the Philidelphia 76ers, a team that can use a Shooting Foward like Joe Johnson. He is also expected to work out for the Clippers, Pelicans, Bucks and Nuggets. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Joe Johnson were to sign with a NBA team in this upcoming week. It was just 2 years ago where he helped the Jazz take down the favored Clippers in the 2017 playoffs by scoring a team-high 21 points, including the buzzer-beating floater, to win Game 1 at the Staples Center.
Joseph Cervantes is a 16-year-old Senior that attends Sunny Hills High School. He grew up near Los Angeles and is still currently living there. He plans to attend Arizona State to continue his academic journey.