The opening week of the 2022 BIG3 season is in the books. The first of eight weeks of the regular season was held at Credit Union 1 Arena in Chicago, Illinois, and featured six games between the league’s 12 teams split between Saturday and Sunday.
Trilogy entered the season as the defending champion after havingin last season’s league game. With the win, Trilogy became the first team in league history to win multiple titles. It will be a tough task for Trilogy to repeat this season as they lost veteran goaltender Jarrett Jack in the offseason. Jack, who is now an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns, was central to the team’s success last season. They embarked on a difficult quest to repeat as champions after losing to Joe Johnson and the Triplets in Week 1.
The first week was full of action and saw some familiar faces making big plays. Here’s a look at the scores and the top three takeaways from Week 1.
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Week 1 Results
- Triplets 51, Trilogy 45
- Company of 3 50, Bivuc 47
- Ghost Ballers 53, 3-Headed Monsters 50
- Aliens 52, Enemies 44
- Killer 3’s 50, Ball Hogs 33
- Power 50, Tri-State 35
1. Michael Beasley makes his performing debut
One of the most fun things about the BIG3 is the ability to watch the players you used to see playing in the NBA. Former No. 2 overall pick Michael Beasley is a prime example. Beasley hasn’t appeared in the NBA since 2019, but thanks to BIG3 he can still show his stuff. Beasley made his BIG3 debut for 3’s Company in Week 1, and he performed a show. In a 50-47 victory for 3’s Company, Beasley led the team with 26 points.
Here’s how the league’s official website describes Beasley’s debut performance:
The BIG3 has a new pair of superstars. Michael Beasley entered opening weekend as one of the most high-profile signings in BIG3 history, and to say he didn’t disappoint would be an understatement. In his first half of FIREBALL3, Beasley had 21 points on just seven shots. He had two shots in the paint, two shots from midrange, made a three and calmly gutted the first two four-point shots of his career. If you had put a ball of sand in Beasley’s left hand during half-time, it probably would have turned to glass.
Beasley has always had an impressive skill set, and that skill set still seems relatively sharp, which could be a concern for the rest of the league.
2. Joe Johnson sinks the trilogy
Going into the season as defending champions, Trilogy was looking to start their campaign with a win, but the league’s two-time defending MVP Joe Johnson had other ideas. During his two seasons in the BIG3, Johnson established himself as the most elite offensive player in the league and probably also the most committed player, and it all showed against Trilogy. Johnson dropped 30 points and added eight rebounds, and closed out the game by converting the game-winning field goal:
They don’t call him “Iso Joe” for nothing. Johnson will be looking to win his third straight MVP award this season, and so far he’s been off to a good start.
3. Chalmers mounts the clutch
Mario Chalmers made his share of clutch baskets during his time with the Miami Heat alongside LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Years later, he’s still hitting clutch shots for 3’s Company. With the score at 48-47 and the game on the line, Chalmers overturned the basket that sealed his team’s victory over Bivouac:
Chalmers finished the game with a mixed stat line: 10 points, six rebounds and five assists. Together, he and Beasley scored 36 of the team’s 50 points. As two players with tons of skills and legitimate NBA experience, they make one of the strongest duos in BIG3.