Rashad McCants was once chosen 14th overall in the 2005 NBA draft. After stops in Sacramento, Minnesota, the D-League, and overseas, McCants is taking on a new challenge. And that challenge is 3-on-3 basketball.
Picked first overall in the inaugural BIG3 draft, McCants is looking forward to seeing the fruits of his hard work come to reality.
“It’s a resurrection for me as a player and as a person,” McCants tells DIME. “It is something that I am just extremely grateful and excited for. I want to wake everybody up and help them remember who I was as a player.”
McCants, an explosive offensive player, and an incredibly gifted shooter could pose a lot of problems for defenders in the Big3. In 2007, the sharpshooter out of North Carolina averaged 14.9 points on over 40 percent from behind the arc while he was with the Timberwolves.
While his NBA career might’ve been short lived, it may be part of the reason McCants was picked number one in the Big3 draft. The new league – which has famously been started by Ice Cube – has picked up a ton of big name players while seemingly leaving some notable players off the rosters due to the competition.
With guys like Steve Francis not drafted, it sent a message that the league wasn’t about celebrities or namesake but more about creating the best team you could. Even so, McCants certainly wasn’t surprised about being the number one pick.