X

Joe Johnson, Lisa Leslie Named 2019 BIG3 MVP, Coach of the Year

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2019

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - AUGUST 25: Joe Johnson #1 of the Triplets shoots over Reggie Evans #30 of the 3 Headed Monsters during the BIG3 Playoffs at Smoothie King Center on August 25, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/BIG3 via Getty Images)
Chris Graythen/Getty Images

After teaming up to lead the Triplets to the 2019 BIG3 championship game in their inaugural season, Joe Johnson was named league MVP and Lisa Leslie took home the Coach of the Year award.

BIG3 on CBS @thebig3

Joe Johnson (@TheJoeJohnson7) has been named the Most Valuable Player of the 2019 BIG3 season after leading expansion team Triplets on a championship run in their inaugural season #MVP #BIG3Championship https://t.co/ULLbxc96VO

BIG3 on CBS @thebig3

Coach @LisaLeslie has earned the 2019 Coach of the Year title after leading her Triplets to the #BIG3Championship 🏆🏆🏆 https://t.co/TzsPo1a4xA

The Triplets went a league-best 7-1 during the regular season.

It was quite the season for Johnson, as the seven-time NBA All-Star set the BIG3 single-season scoring record with 175 points:

The next-closest players finished with 134 points. 

While leading the league in scoring (21.8 PPG), he managed to knock down the most field goals (63) and four-pointers (four). He also finished first in assists (31), second in steals (nine), third in three-pointers (16) and tied for third in rebounds (60).

Ballislife.com @Ballislife

“I still get butterflies in my stomach.” 38-year-old Joe Johnson talks about his love for the game after breaking @TheBIG3 record for points in a season. https://t.co/KAZuvWpdbQ

Meanwhile, it's just another award for Leslie to add to her impressive resume. She is a four-time Olympic gold medalist, a two-time WNBA champion, a two-time WNBA Finals MVP, a three-time WNBA MVP and an eight-time WNBA All-Star.

She is also a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Leslie is one of the most accomplished basketball players of all time. And now, she has an award to reflect her outstanding coaching job this season.

BIG3 on CBS @thebig3

"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard. And I gotta make sure our guys are working hard." Coach of the Year @LisaLeslie is proof that when talent meets hard work, the sky is the limit. https://t.co/buOt2l0lnf

Johnson and Leslie will now attempt to cap off the season with a championship, as they will take on the Killer 3's in the BIG3 title game at Staples Center in Los Angeles.