Jason Williams, Rashard Lewis Join 3 Headed Monsters of BIG3 League

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2017

In this Oct. 7, 2009 photo, Orlando Magic forward Rashard Lewis, right, and teammate guard Jason Williams watch play during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Orlando, Fla. Just peeking inside the medicine cabinet these days gives Lewis chills. He won't even take headache medicine. He won't take anything, really, without approval. Being suspended by the NBA for the first 10 games of this season after testing positive for an elevated level of testosterone has made the Orlando Magic All-Star forward nervous about everything he ingests.  (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Former NBA players Jason Williams and Rashard Lewis have been announced as members of the 3 Headed Monsters, the first official team in the new three-on-three Big3 basketball league, per SLAM:

SLAM Magazine @SLAMonline

Jason Williams and Rashard Lewis reunite on the 3-Headed Monsters, the @thebig3's first official team. https://t.co/HbwS3GZ5pD

The pair played together for a season-and-a-half on the Orlando Magic from 2009 to 2011.

Williams, 41, was one of the most exciting passers in NBA history, averaging 10.5 points and 5.9 assists per game over a career that included stops with the Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat and the Magic.

Even after his career, he has continued to make appearances in pro-am competitions and hasn't lost his passing touch. The Big3 shared a Williams highlight reel on Twitter:

BIG3 @thebig3

Jason Williams says he's ready to give fans "exactly what they want to see" in his #BIG3 comeback. White Chocolate is back. Tell a friend. https://t.co/uWy2zRIdpj

Yes, he's still the master of the flashy pass.

Lewis, meanwhile, carved out a niche for himself in the league as an excellent three-point marksman, finishing his career as a 38.6 percent shooter from beyond the arc. His 1,787 three-point buckets are the 12th-most in NBA history. He averaged 14.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in stints with the Seattle Supersonics, Magic, Washington Wizards and Heat. 

He was also a two-time NBA All-Star, and as Ian Kenyon of Bleacher Report noted, Lewis likely would have fit perfectly in today's three-point heavy, floor-spacing league:

Ian Kenyon @IanKenyonNFL

Random NBA thought: Rashard Lewis came into the league 15 years too early.

Certainly, Williams and Lewis will be expected to hook up for quite a few drive-and-kick three-point buckets. They should be a solid pair for the 3 Headed Monsters in the new league started by Ice Cube and former NBA player and NBPA deputy executive director Roger Mason Jr.

Other former NBA players committed to play in the league include Allen IversonChauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin, Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O’Neal.


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