LaVar Ball’s claim that he could beat Michael Jordan one-on-one is one of the most ridiculous statements ever uttered.
Stephen Jackson: Hold my beer.
An assertion that would make the boisterous LaVar Ball’s various statements appear humble and realistic, Jackson proclaimed a BIG3 all-star team could currently beat an NBA team in a regular five-on-five game.
“I honestly feel that if you got the top 10 guys here, we could beat an actual NBA team,” Jackson said in a pregame press conference on FS1. “Not just the Summer League, we’ll beat an actual NBA team.”
Jackson, along with fellow BIG3 participants Kenyon Martin, Clyde Drexler and Gary Payton, participated in a Q&A Sunday prior to the BIG3’s tipoff in Oklahoma.
Assuming people may interpret his comments as a joke, Jackson made sure to clarify he was 100% serious in his belief.
“And that’s no gas. I wasn’t smiling,” Jackson, who is 39 and last played in the NBA in 2014, said. “I’m dead a– serious.”
The fact Jackson is sincere in his belief makes it all the more foolish.
For one, it’s unlikely you could find a group of BIG3 participants who could even make an NBA team right now — let alone field an entire roster.
Secondly, the majority of BIG3 players are either washed-up, out-of-shape veterans or young guys who barely even lasted in the NBA.
On the other hand, even an Eastern Conference doormat like the Nets, who finished with the NBA’s worst record last season at 20-61, still featured an All-Star center in Brook Lopez, a starting caliber point guard in Jeremy Lin, a three-point specialist in Bojan Bogdanovic and veteran players in Randy Foye and Trevor Booker.
Shockingly, Jackson wasn’t alone in his sentiment, as fellow BIG3 player Kenyon Martin seconded Jackson’s claim.
“I agree. I’m the same way,” Martin said, via FS1. “Not just a Summer League team. We could beat an NBA team if you take 10 of us. …We’d get it done.”
Since both Jackson and Martin are so confident in their belief, let’s take a look at what a 10-man BIG3 all-star team would theoretically look like, based on current BIG3 stats and past NBA accomplishments.
PG: Mike Bibby (39, last NBA appearance: 2012); Chauncey Billups (40, last NBA appearance: 2014)
SG: Andre Owens (36, last NBA appearance: 2008), Cuttino Mobley (41, last NBA appearance: 2009)
SF: Rashard Lewis (37, last NBA appearance: 2014); Stephen Jackson (39, last NBA appearance: 2014)
PF: Reggie Evans (37, last NBA appearance: 2015); Dominic McGuire (31, last NBA appearance: 2013)
C: Kwame Brown (35, last NBA appearance: 2013); Al Harrington (37, last NBA appearance: 2014)
Yikes. Sorry Stephen, my money is on the Nets.
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