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BIG3 Fantasy: Week 5 Scouting Report
Craig Ellenport

Before last week, few people realized there were trades in the BIG3 – and then Tri-State sent Xavier Silas to the Ball Hogs in exchange for Dominic McGuire. One week later and there’s a second trade: The Ghost Ballers traded Mo Evans to the Killer 3s in exchange for Larry Hughes.

Last week’s trade had an immediate fantasy impact. Silas, who got off to a slow start for Tri-State, lit it up for 17 points in his Ball Hogs debut. McGuire was inactive for Tri-State, but Silas’ departure opened the door for Lee Nailon to get more playing time – and he came through with 18 points. There’s no reason to think Nailon (who’s averaging 11.5 points per game) and Silas won’t continue to bring fantasy value.

It’s too soon to say whether the latest trade will have the same kind of impact. Mo Evans won’t even be the best Evans on his team, since new Killer 3s teammate Reggie Evans leads the league in rebounds. Hughes, meanwhile, will be inactive for the Ghost Ballers – paving the way for the activation of the newest Ghost Baller, Joe Smith. The former NBA top overall pick may very well develop into a force, but don’t rush into anything here. As we’ve seen in the BIG3, it takes a week or two for players to get a feel for the game. Keep an eye on Smith, however, and think about making him a free-agent pickup in Week 6.

STAT LEADERS

Rashard Lewis became the first BIG3 player to put up 30 points in a game last week, putting distance between himself and the rest of the pack in the overall scoring lead. He’s the only player averaging more than 20 ppg. He’s also the only one ranked in the top five in both scoring and rebounding, while Al Harrington is the only other player ranked in the top 10 in both categories.  Andre Owens is ranked in the top five in rebounds and assists.

Points Scored/Game

Rashard Lewis, 3-Headed Monsters 23.5

Stephen Jackson, Killer 3s 19.8

Cuttino Mobley, Power 19.0

Al Harrington, Trilogy 18.3

Chauncey Billups, Killer 3s 18.0

Rasual Butler, Ball Hogs 16.3

DeShawn Stevenson, Power 15.8

Ricky Davis, Ghost Ballers 15.5

Derrick Byars, Ball Hogs 14.5

Mike James, Tri-State 14.3

 

 

Total 3-Pointers

DeShawn Stevenson, Power 16

Rasual Butler, Ball Hogs 13

Derrick Byars, Ball Hogs 8

DerMarr Johnson, 3’s Company 8

Cuttino Mobley, Power 8

Andre Owens, 3’s Company 8

Mike James, Tri-State 7

Total Rebounds

Reggie Evans, Killer 3s 45

Jerome Williams, Power 39

Andre Owens, 3’s Company 35

Kwame Brown, 3-Headed Monsters 29

Rashard Lewis, 3-Headed Monsters 28

Bonzi Wells, Tri-State 27

Ivan Johnson, Ghost Ballers 26

Jermaine O’Neal, Tri-State 26

Al Harrington, Trilogy 24

James White, Trilogy 24

Offensive Rebounds

Jerome Williams, Power 19

Al Harrington, Trilogy 14

Reggie Evans, Killer 3s 13

Andre Owens, 3’s Company 12

Kwame Brown, 3-Headed Monsters 11

Assists

Jermaine O’Neal, Tri-State 13

Andre Owens, 3’s Company 12

Mike Bibby, Ghost Ballers 12

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, 3-Headed Monsters 11

Mike James, Tri-State 10

DOUBLE-DOUBLES

Two more double-doubles in Week 4: Lewis (30 points, 10 rebounds) for the 3-Headed Monsters and Jerome Williams (12, 13) for Power. JYD joins Reggie Evans as the only players with two double-doubles this season.

Evans just missed his third double-double, with 10 points and 9 rebounds – and he is the only BIG3 player averaging a double-double for the season.

FOUR-PLAY

Another relatively quiet week from the 4-point circles. Four players made one each, and overall the league went 4-for12 from what FS1’s Gus Johnson calls “Curry Land.”

For the record, here are the 10 players who have made at least one 4-pointer this season:

Mike Bibby, Ghost Ballers 4

Chauncey Billups, Killer 3s 3

DerMarr Johnson, 3’s Company 3

Rashard Lewis, 3-Headed Monsters 2

Derrick Byars, Ball Hogs 1

Cuttino Mobley, Power 1

Mike James, Tri-State 1

Rashad McCants, Trilogy 1

Stephen Jackson, Killer 3s 1

Derrick Byars, Ball Hogs 1

WEEK 4 NOTABLES

• Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf continued to look good after breaking out in week 3. With 17 points in Philly, he’s averaging 19.5 points in his last two games – and is fourth in the league in assists.

• Owens had a quiet night but two other players stepped up last week for 3’s Company: Al Thornton was tied for the third-leading scorer of the night with 20, and he added 5 rebounds and 3 steals. David Hawkins added 7 points, including a three.

• Brian Cook had a solid outing for the Killer 3s, with 8 points and 6 rebounds.

• Tough break of Week 5: After scoring 10 points for Trilogy in Philly, Jannero Pargo will be inactive this week to make room for captain Kenyon Martin, who returns from his Week 1 injury.

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