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Everything You Need To Know About The Big3 Coming To Salt Lake City

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Big3 basketball league is coming to Salt Lake City and Vivint Smart Home Arena on Saturday, July 27.

The three-one-three, three-game event will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature many familiar faces to Utah Jazz fans.

The league is in it’s third season and was founded by Rapper and Hip-Hop icon Ice Cube.

Former NBA and international basketball players are putting on a show during the summer months.

The Rules

The games are played on a half-court with the regular basketball rules of a two-point shot and a thee-point shot. The three-point line is the same distance as the NBA.

Something unique about the Big3 is that they have three circles that are 30 feet away from the basket that if the shot is made with any part of the foot touching the circle, would count as four points.

The shot clock is 14 seconds, so the pace is much quicker. If a player is fouled and makes the shot, they are awarded a free throw. But if a player is fouled on a two-point shot and misses, they get one free throw for two points.

If they are fouled on a three point attempt, they shoot one shot from the top of the three-point line for three points. If a player is fouled on a four point shot, they are given one shot from the four point circle for four points.

They play to 50 and have to win by two points. The games will play until a team reaches 25 points and the game is sent to halftime. The second half and game ends when a team reaches 50 points.

Teams that pick up five fouls in a half will give their opponents two shots worth one point each and possession of the ball.

The league has 12 teams with six teams playing in Salt Lake City. The other six are on a bye week.

Teams Coming To Utah

The six teams coming to Salt Lake City include: Killer 3’s, 3’s Company, Triplets, Ball Hogs, Aliens and Bivouac. Here is a breakdown of the players that will be competing for these teams on Saturday.

Killer 3’s

They are led by their captain Stephen Jackson, who has played 14 seasons in the NBA and won a championship. Their co-captain is nine year NBA veteran Josh Powell won 2 NBA championships. Franklin Sessions is on their roster as well, he played one season at Weber State with Damian Lillard.

Donte Greene played four seasons in the league with the Sacramento Kings before playing internationally. Point guard C.J. Watson played for five teams in the NBA, most recently with the Orlando Magic. Former NBA big man Eddy Curry played 11 seasons in the league.

They are coached by Charles Oakley.

3’s Company

Seven year NBA veteran DerMarr Johnson is the captain while Drew Gooden is the co-captain, he played 14 seasons in the NBA. Dijon Thompson spent his entire professional career overseas after playing at UCLA in college.

Andre Emmett played two seasons in the league before spending the rest of his time overseas. Big man Jason Maxiell had a 10-year NBA career, while Dahntay Jones played 13 seasons in the NBA.

They are coached by five time NBA champion Michael Cooper.

Killer 3’s and 3’s Company will square off at 7 p.m.

Triplets

Former Jazzman Joe Johnson is playing in his first season with the Big3 after 17 seasons in the NBA, he is the captain of the Triplets. He is currently averaging over 22 points per game. The co-captain is former Jazzman Al Jefferson, who joins the Big3 after playing 14 seasons in the NBA.

Jannero Pargo is a big part of the Triplets success after 11 years in the league. Sergerio Gipson had a great career in Europe but never played in the NBA. Five year NBA veteran Jamario Moon and eight year NBA player Alan Anderson round out the roster.

They are coached by Hall of Famer Lisa Leslie.

Ball Hogs

Their captain is 11-year NBA veteran Brian Scalabrine and eight year vet Josh Childress is the co-captain. Former Jazzman DeShawn Stevenson is on the roster after a 13-year NBA career. Will McDonald did not appear in the NBA but had a successful career in Europe.

Four-year NBA veteran Marcus Williams is a key role player for the Ball Hogs. Qyntel Woods played four seasons in the NBA before playing overseas.

They are coached by Hall of Famer Rick Barry.

Triplets and the Ball Hogs will begin around 8 p.m.

Aliens

Their captain is former Jazzman Andre Owens, who played two seasons in the NBA. The co-captain is two-time NBA champion Shannon Brown. Former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden is in his first season with the Big3.

Former Jazzman Brandon Rush played 9 seasons in the NBA before joining the Big3. Robert Vaden did not play in the NBA but played internationally. Ryan Hollins is with the Big3 after a 10-year NBA career.

They are coached by Hall of Famer Nate Archibald.

Bivouac

Former Slam Dunk Champion and 13-year NBA veteran Josh Smith is the captain, with nine-year vet Anthony Morrow serving as the co-captain. Eight-year NBA point guard Will Bynum is joined by Shawne Williams, who played for six teams.

G-League and overseas veteran C.J. Leslie and six year NBA player Dion Glover round out the roster.

They are coached by 13-year veteran Reggie Theus is the head coach.

Aliens and Bivouac will begin around 9 p.m.

All three games will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.