The Big3 Basketball league is set to tip off its third season later this month. When Ice Cube started this summer league, many people were skeptic about it’s staying power. Some basketball experts didn’t even think it would make it a full season. Well, the Big3 is not only thriving, but it’s also expanding. Four new teams were added to the mix in the offseason and games will be a two-day event in two different cities each week. The first game to kick off the Big3 Basketball season will be between two of the new expansion teams as Bivouac takes on Enemies.
Rick Mahorn comes over to the Enemies team after spending the last two seasons with Trilogy, in which he won the Big3 championship with back in the 2017 season. While Mahorn has Big3 experience, his team doesn’t. But there are some big-time players on this roster. Three-time NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas leads the team as captain, with Perry Jones and Lamar Odom serving as the co-captains. Those three have a great combination of size and speed. Arenas is a quick guard that has a good range with his shots. Odom and Jones are big guys that can play inside. Craig Smith will see plenty of time as he’s a solid scorer from short-to-mid range. Royce White made a good enough showing in the combine to be select first overall. Frank Robinson is a speedy guard that should add some depth.
Bivouac is led by Josh Smith as captain, with Anthony Morrow and Will Bynum as the co-captains. There’s a total of 30 years of NBA experience between the three of them. Dion Glover comes over from Trilogy where he saw limited playing time in the past two seasons but also hit two game-winning shots in his Big3 career. Shawne Williams was Bivouac’s first-round pick and is expected to make a big impact. C.J. Leslie will see limited time but is a solid player that could shine if given the chance. Reggie Theus comes on board from Cal-State-Northridge as the coach. The team hopes that it’s NBA experience can translate over well to the Big3.
With two new teams along with a crop of new players to Big3 Basketball, expect this game to start off slow. Once players find their rhythm, things will get exciting. Enemies is more of a well-rounded team, while Bivouac will likely try to dominate inside with their size and depth for underneath the basket. Look for Gilbert Arenas and Joe Smith to lead their respective teams in scoring. In the end, I think it will be an extremely close game, but I see Enemies coming out on top. Even while I feel that Odom’s conditioning may be a concern, this team has good talent when it comes to mid-range shots. Final Score Prediction: Enemies 50 – Bivouac 44
Tip-off for the game is scheduled for 8pm on Saturday, June 22 at the Little Ceasars Arena in Detroit, MI. If you can’t make the game, be sure to watch it on CBS.