There is a lot of talk about 3v3 right now thanks to the Ice Cube-created Big3 league with stars such as Allen Iverson and Dr. J. This, along with constant debating, led to this Smokehouse Series of articles.
We saw Mark’s yesterday, and let me be the first to say, good for you Mark. You made a 3v3 team with 3 of the 6 best players in NBA history. Hell of a team. Way to go out on a limb there, kiddo.
Personally, I wanted to take a different approach. For starters, I favored players in my lifetime because those are guys I know. I watch them day-in and day-out. Sure, I have watched tape and old games, but I don’t really know those guys. I can’t tell you the most extreme intricacies of their games. Also, I didn’t want to give the most obvious picks, but make a team that makes you go, “hm.”
There are a three types of players that I like specifically. The first is freaks. Russell Westbrook is my favorite player of all time. Look at him on 2K and his label is “one of a kind.” Next, I like slashing 2 guards with good size and pure touch from beyond. Don’t give me DeRozan, I want the ball to be in my shooting guard’s hands for a moment and then the next it’s in the hoop. Third is undersized, hustle big men. Of course guys that are 7’2″ are going to dominate, but give me a 6’9″ center that has a motor like a stock car and a heart the size of a grizzly bear.
With that being said, here is my team, comprised of one of each of those guys.
The Greek Freak himself. Nick Wright is on the record saying numerous times that when Lebron gives up his throne in three years, Giannis will be the one to take over. Personally, I agree. On top of that, he has the body of inspector gadget and the creativity of Van Gogh (I really like metaphors, give me a break). If Giannis develops any kind of consistent jumper, the NBA is doomed to try to defend him. Point guards can’t, he’s too big. Bigs can’t, he’s too quick. He’s even too long for the best wing defenders in the NBA. He is so goddamn long. He’s like Rudy Gobert, but with really good ball-handling ability. My Giannis Greece national team jersey is currently in the mail (40 bucks on Aliexpress was a steal).
Remember that time Klay had 60 points in 29 minutes and 21 of 33 shooting including 8 of 14 from three. Oh yeah and only 11 dribbles. And only 43 touches, which was the third most for the Warriors in that game. Remember that? He’s 6’7″ and an elite perimeter defender, but the only reason I really need to give is that one game. Klay is a silently efficient killer, the likes of which we have not seen since Chris Kyle (RIP).
Big Ben, 4x All-Star, 5x All-NBA, 6x All-NBA defense, 4x Defensive Player of the Year, and most importantly a member of one of my favorite championship teams of all time, the 2004 Detroit Pistons. Wallace matches the criteria of my desired center to a T. Sure, he might not be Dennis Rodman, but his hair is way better, he’s not a sociopath, and he isn’t buddies with Kim Jong-Un. Also, he might be better than Rodman. At 6’9″, he is still fully capable of playing against even the most dominant big men in the history of the NBA. He’s not going to overwhelm anyone offensively, but I have my offensive pop already. Ben is going to lock down the post and rebound the shit out of the ball. In his peak years, (2000-2007), Wallace averaged 12.6 boards, 1.6 steals, and 2.7 blocks. Check, check, and check from my big man.
In summary, good luck scoring against this team. No one shorter than 6’7″. Two guys capable of more than 1.5 per game in both the steals and blocks categories, and neither of them are Klay Thompson. I’m not going to beat anyone 21-0, but I’m very rarely going to lose, and that’s the only goal.