Although there are only eight teams, with seven members on each, in the BIG3 league, the Clippers have twelve former players participating. This might be because Ice Cube is based in Los Angeles, as are the Clippers; or, the Clippers might just have an outsized number of former players given their past struggles as a franchise. Either way, we are going to rank them.
Now, there has only been one week of play, and the rules of BIG3 are already changing, so we will use this first run at the Power Rankings as simply an educated guess. But, as the weeks go on, we will try to get a more definitive ranking.
1. Ricky Davis (Ghost Ballers): Had 23 points on 7-19 shooting, leading his team in scoring in a narrow loss. He had 9 points from the free throw line, which means he was actively moving around the court, unlike some of the older, immobile players.
2. Reggie Evans (Killer 3’s): Evans had 18 points in week one and he has always played extremely hard. Plus he was drafted third overall, so the league knows expects him to be worth a lot to a team.
3. Rasual Butler (Ball Hogs): Butler had 22 Points but he was letting it fly with 26 shots in the game (made 7). Six of those seven made shots were three pointers.
4. Al Thornton (3’s Company): Al had 13 points but shot much better as a percentage (6-14) than most of the league. He’s only 33 years old, so he should be able to out hustle most of the older players.
5. Chauncey Billups (Killer 3’s): Chauncey didn’t play week one, but he is one of the better players (in respect to NBA career) in the league. He should be fresh and rested for week two. Expect a few fourth-point shots from Mr. Big Shot.
6. Stephen Jackson (Killer 3’s): Jackson had 19 points in week one on 8-21 shooting. But he was also 1-11 from behind the three point line. Expect him to play better once Billups joins him on the floor.
7. Cuttino Mobley (Power): Cat had 14 points on 5-20 shooting (2-8 from three), but I expect Mobley to play much better in week two as he tries to make up for Maggette’s injury. Mobley has been a very active basektball player since his retirement, so we should expect him to get in a rhythm soon.
8. Ruben Patterson (3’s Company): Patterson is one of the older players in the league at 41 years old. But he’s a good defensive player and was known for scrappy play. He scored 4 points and had 6 rebounds in his team’s week one win.
9: Brian Cook (Killer 3’s): Cook only had 6 points on 1-3 shooting. His team also lost by the biggest margin of the weekend.
10. Rick Barry (Ball Hogs): Rick Barry is only a coach, but, who knows, he might end up playing if people keep getting hurt. As a coach in week one, however, he did not prove his worth, letting his team lose by 10 to 3’s Company.
11: Kenyon Martin (Trilogy): Martin was already limited going into week one with a hamstring injury. Let’s see if he can pick up the pace in week two.
12. Corey Maggette (Power): Maggette hurt his knee, so he’s rounding out the list at twelfth. He scored 15 points on 4-11 shooting before his injury.
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