As I mentioned, the NBA bloggers at SB Nation are doing a series of themed posts each week leading up to the season. The first was Cult Classic players and last week it was best trades ever. This week, we will vote on and submit a NBA3on3 team for a mock tournament.
FIBA announced earlier this month that it wants to bring its 3-on-3 styled tournament to the Olympics in 2016, which begged the question what an NBA 3-on-3 team would look like and, to break it down further, what a 3-on-3 team from each NBA organization would look like. It's NBA Jam plus one. Boomshackalacka-like.
So, what would your 3-on-3 team be from the Pistons' roster? Some of the DBB staff opinions and an official poll are after the jump:
There was a vocal consensus on the DBB staff that Greg Monroe and Rodney Stuckey would be on the team. I guess that'd be our NBA Jam team. Monroe can do a little bit of everything and Stuckey knows how to get to the rack. Assuming that's agreeable with everyone else, going forward we just need to pick their other teammate.
For what it's worth, scoring in this 3-on-3 format would follow normal basketball rules, which is two and three pointers. FIBA rules actually have one and two pointers, making two pointers much more valuable, but for the purpose of this exercise, we're asked to stick with NBA scoring. Games would go to 31 or whomever is winning at the end of one 10-minute period. There's also a hypothetical 12-second shot clock and seven fouls would result in a bonus situation, but there's no fouling out since there'd be no substitutes.
When I presented the question to the DBB staff, I received several different answers to join Monroe and Stuckey, including Austin Daye, Kyle Singler, Jonas Jerebko and Corey Maggette. Personally, I was leaning toward Kim English because of his defense and sharp-shooting ability, but this was before I discovered we'd be using regular NBA scoring rules. Now, I probably lean toward Corey Maggette because of his one-on-one abilities.
But let's hear what you have to say about this. Vote in the poll and leave your reasoning in the comments below. We'll then keep you posted as the mock tournament progresses.