Former North Carolina star Rashad McCants became the first No. 1 overall selection in BIG3 history, as the fledgling league hosted its inaugural draft Sunday.

McCants, 32, played four NBA seasons for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings. He last played during the 2008-09 season. His most recent professional basketball experience came in 2015 for Caneros del Este, a team based in the Dominican Republic.  

McCants was followed by Andre Owens, Reggie Evans, Xavier Silas and Kwame Brown to round out the top five. Jerome Williams, Derrick Byars and Maurice Evans were the final picks of the first round.

Here is a look at how the entire draft played out:

Big3 Draft Results
Pick Team Player
1 Trilogy Rashad McCants
2 3’s Company Andre Owens
3 Killer 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 Maurice Evans
9 Ghost Ballers Marcus Banks
10 Ball Hogs Rasual Butler
11 Power DeShawn Stevenson
12 3 Headed Monsters Eddie Basden
13 Tri-State Lee Nailon
14 Killer 3s Larry Hughes
15 3’s Company Mike Sweetney
16 Trilogy James White
17 3 Headed Monsters Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
18 Ball Hogs Dominic McGuire
19 Trilogy Dion Glover
20 Power Moochie Norris
21 3’s Company Ruben Patterson
22 Ghost Ballers Ivan Johnson
23 Tri-State Mike James
24 Killer 3s Brian Cook

Arash Markazi of ESPN shared the list of undrafted players:

The final BIG3 rosters following yesterday’s draft in Las Vegas. The season starts June 25 in Brooklyn, the night before the NBA Awards. pic.twitter.com/vHqjwPfjdl

Undrafted in the BIG3 Draft: Steve Francis, Kendall Gill, Joe Smith, Smush Parker, D.J. Mbenga, Kareem Rush, Earl Boykins and Al Thornton.


The BIG3 held workouts in Las Vegas over the weekend and decided its draft order via lottery Friday. The league, which was co-founded by Ice Cube, will begin play June 25. Its 10-week schedule will travel to 10 cities, concluding in Las Vegas for the championship on Aug. 26.

“I think the game is gonna stay competitive [because] 52 percent of the revenue will go to the players,” Ice Cube told Maya A. Jones of The Undefeated. “If you win a championship, you get more of the money than everybody else. Second place and so on all the way to eighth place.

“Guys are playing for either a big chunk of the money or a little chunk of the money, but I think it’s a great incentive to give real play because what we didn’t want to do was put on an all-star game and not have a game. You know, we want all-stars there playing hard.”

Each team consists of five players, with each having a captain and co-captain that were named before the draft. Among the most notable names who are expected to play are Allen Iverson, Chauncey Billups and Kenyon Martin.

Iverson, who will be co-captaining 3’s Company with DerMarr Johnson, added Owens as the team’s first selection. 3’s Company then acquired former Georgetown big man Mike Sweetney and Ruben Patterson to round out the roster.

Billups, co-captaining Killer 3s with Stephen Jackson, selected Evans to give the team a big man in the first round. He then added former All-Defensive selection Larry Hughes in the second round and Brian Cook in the third. It was clear the team, coached by Charles Oakley, was prioritizing former NBA talent.

Martin and Al Harrington co-captain Trilogy, which selected McCants with the top overall pick. Trilogy then selected dunk specialist James “Flight” White and Dion Glover with their two remaining selections. With Martin and Harrington serving as the two bigs, Trilogy’s strategy was to stock up on available guards.

Here is a look at every team’s roster:

Big 3 Rosters
Team Coach Players
3’s Company Allen Iverson Allen Iverson (captain), DerMarr Johnson (co-captain), Andre Owens, Michael Sweetney, Ruben Patterson
3 Headed Monsters Gary Payton Rashard Lewis (captain), Jason Williams (co-captain), Kwame Brown, Eddie Basden, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
Ghost Ballers George Gervin Mike Bibby (captain), Ricky Davis (co-captain), Maurice Evans, Marcus Banks, Ivan Johnson
Killer 3s Charles Oakley Chauncey Billups (captain), Stephen Jackson (co-captain), Reggie Evans, Larry Hughes, Brian Cook
Power Clyde Drexler Corey Maggette (captain), Cuttino Mobley (co-captain), Jerome Williams, DeShawn Stevenson, Moochie Norris
Trilogy Rick Mahorn Kenyon Martin (captain), Al Harrington (co-captain), Rashad McCants, James White, Dion Glover
Tri-State Julius Erving Jermaine O’Neal (captain), Bonzi Wells (co-captain), Xavier Silas, Lee Nailon, Mike James
Ball Hogs Rick Barry Brian Scalabrine (captain), Josh Childress (co-captain), Derrick Byars, Rasual Butler, Ivan Johnson


A large portion of the BIG3’s headlines early on came thanks to the Hall of Famers who will be coaching and playing. Coaches Julius Irving, Rick Barry and Charles Oakley were at the draft. Most of the BIG3 coaches have little (if any) prior coaching experience, so it will be interesting to watch who rises to the top.

There is a ton to look forward to in regards to the BIG3. With Hall of Famers involved, a television deal with Fox Sports 1 and buzz building, it has the potential to be a success.


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