The 3-on-3 basketball boom isn’t just limited to the BIG3, which just held its inaugural draft over the weekend. Half-court hoops tournaments and leagues are popping up around the world, including FIBA 3×3. Having fewer players on the court creates more open space and lends itself to more isolation play, which makes ball-handling a major key for guards and post moves crucial for bigs.
3-on-3 hoops brings a streetball feel to competitive hoops, even if it’s not billed as such like the And1 Mixtape Tour. That’s because players find themselves in 1-on-1 situations where it’s dribbler vs. defender on an island and in that situation the ball-handler can have fun and get creative. That was never more apparent than in a FIBA 3×3 event in China where Dusan Bulut put one of the sickest moves on a defender, hitting him with a between-the-legs Shammgod to free himself for a layup.