The BIG3’s draft was held last Wednesday, May 1. The rosters are finalized and teams will begin play on June 22, though tickets and a formal schedule aren’t yet available according to the league website.
Former Wizards superstar Gilbert Arenas is one of the notable names on the Enemies, one of four expansion teams. He’s also the team captain. But here’s a rundown of the rest of the squad:
- Lamar Odom (co-captain)— Odom is the biggest name on the Enemies after Arenas. He played 14 season in the NBA and won two championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010. Since he left, he’s been more famous in tabloids, like being Khloe Kardashian’s husband from 2009-16 and had a near-death experience at a Nevada brothel in 2015. Here’s hoping that he’s past the latter experience.
- Perry Jones (co-captain) — Jones played three NBA seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder from 2012-15 and played sparingly. He’s bounced around in the G-League since then.
- Royce White — White was the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft but never played for the Rockets, the team that drafted him partly because of his fear of flying, a trigger for his anxiety. He ultimately played three games with the Kings from 2013-14 but hasn’t played in the NBA since though he has played a bit for the London Lighting of NBL Canada from 2016-18. White also has begun training in mixed martial arts and would like to participate there as well.
- Craig Smith — Smith played six NBA seasons for the Timberwolves (2006-09), Cllippers (2009-11) and Trail Blazers (2011-12). After his time in the NBA, Smith played internationally and in the G-League through 2015. His best NBA season was for the Wolves in 2008-09 wen he averaged 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
- Frank Robinson — No, he has no relation to the late Frank Robinson who was a Hall of Fame baseball player and one-time Nationals manager. Robinson never played in the NBA, but he had a successful 10-year career internationally where he played for teams throughout Europe and Asia.
Former Bullets center and one-time Detroit Bad Boy Rick Mahorn is the head coach. As a Bullet, he played for Washington from 1980-85 before going to the Pistons where he won a title in the 1988-89 NBA season. Mahorn would also play for the 76ers and Nets later on in his playing career.
As a coach, Mahorn is best known as an assistant for the then-Detroit Shock (now-Dallas Wings) of the WNBA from 2005-09. He was their head coach for part of the 2009 WNBA season when Bill Laimbeer left the team. While with the Shock, Mahorn was part of their 2006 and 2008 championship teams.
This team certainly has some interesting names on it, and it will be interesting to see if they have the talent to win a title in the popular summer 3x3 basketball league.