5 Impact Players To Watch From The 2018 BIG3 Draft

    When projected No. 1 overall pick DeShawn Stevenson was named a co-captain of the Ball Hogs and removed from Ice Cube’s BIG3 2018 Draft board on Thursday night, that opened the door for 2017 No. 2 overall pick Andre Owens to grab top honors. 

    Andre Owens is the 1st pick of the 2018 BIG3 Draft

    With the 1st pick in the 2018 BIG3 Draft the Ball Hogs selected Andre Owens.

    Seven of the league’s eight teams participated in the draft. According to Big3 rules, reigning champions Trilogy must defend its inaugural crown with the same roster. Nineteen players were selected over three rounds. 

     Here are five players who will do damage this Big3 season.

     Andre Owens had a cup of coffee with the Indiana Pacers and Utah Jazz but largely played extensively throughout Europe. Owens is a shooting guard that was the second overall pick of last years Big3 Draft and completed the season with 3s Company among the top five in scoring, rebounding, and assists.

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    Former NBA baller and culture influencer Chris Andersen was the No. 4 pick of the first round by Power. Birdman had a short but colorful and wildly popular reign as a fan favorite NBA player. He was more famous for his extensive array of tattoos and gets credited with helping to drive and legitimize the NBAs obsession with tattoo culture and eased the plight of league restrictions on body art. 

    Energy is his staple and his 6-10 frame will add solid defensive length to his team. Birdman worked his way from being a drafted player out of Blinn College to the Sugarland Sharks to the NBA where he played for more than a decade as a spirited journeyman. 

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    Quentin Richardson was Powers No. 10 overall pick in the second round. When Q-Rich was on the Suns and the Knicks he was known as a tough guard who could drop threes in abundance before it was fashionable. Richardson led the NBA in 3-pointers in 2004 when he took a league-high 631 treys. He also won the 3-point shootout at the 2005 All-Star Game.

    Quentin Richardson 3pt contest finals

    Quentin Richardson in the 2005 3point shoot out hits the last 9 shots to win the contest.

     NBA veteran Bonzi Wells AKA Mr. Headband was chosen with the 18th overall pick by Tri-State. Wells averaged double figures in scoring in 70 percent of his 10 NBA seasons. 

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     Wells was a force in the 3-on-3 league last season and look for him to excel again. 

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     Mike James, the No. 16 overall pick and third-round selection of Killer3s is an explosive guard who played for Eastern Arizona and Lamar and then starred in  Panathinaikos of the Greek Basket League and the EuroLeague. 

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    James is just 27 years old and played in 36 games in the NBA this season while suiting up for the Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans and averaged 10.2 ppg and almost four assists. 

    Hes going to electrify the crowds in the various Big3 cities and be a popular player in Ice Cubes burgeoning 3-on-3 pro hoops league. 

    JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.