D.C. recently enjoyed an epic weekend of basketball, as the highly touted DEW NBA 3x 3-on-3 nationwide competition made its fourth stop in Southeast on Saturday and Sunday.
With the opportunity to win $2,000 and eligibility for this year’s FIBA 3×3 All-Star Event on the line, the Minnesota Elite team featuring D.C.-area native Marvin Jackson took home the prize in the men’s division.
Corin Adams, a Morgan State alumnus, and her team TA9 claimed the title in the women’s division.
The event at the Capitol Riverfront — presented by Mountain Dew and the NBA and hosted by social media sensation and NBA impersonator Brandon “Bdot” Armstrong, Washington Wizards guard Tim Frazier and NBA Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon — featured courts for kids to shoot on, NBA 2K17 tournaments and prize giveaways.
With local standouts Andrew “Spongebob” Washington of the Goodman League and Brian Bridgeforth of Washington Adventist University suiting up, the games were electrifying and enjoyable for all ages.
“Everyone is used to 5-on-5, but 3-on-3 is just as important and I’m glad to see it take off,” Brogdon said. “Bringing an event like this to D.C. is good for the community, it’s a great day out weather wise and it’s great to see the children active, playing games and staying out of trouble.”
Armstrong lauded the cultural impact of outdoor basketball on the youth.
“Kids are out playing basketball in the rain, that has to mean something to the community,” he said. “From my roots, as a guy that traveled throughout the NBA Developmental League to where sports comedy has gotten me, being out here with these kids really means a lot to me.”
Frazier, the newest member of the Wizards, is becoming acclimated to the city’s culture after stints with the Portland Trail Blazers and, most recently, the New Orleans Pelicans.
“It’s a change of scenery but I’m excited to be a part of this great organization,” he said. “I can learn from John [Wall] and be a part of the system as a pass-first point guard.
“I’m enjoying what I’ve seen so far in the community,” Frazier said. “DEW NBA 3x really brought out the best of everyone in D.C. today.”
Frazier and Armstrong also briefly stepped away to take part in the hotly contested NBA 2K17 tournament, also hosted by DewNBA3x.
The Wizards and 16 other NBA teams have formed a partnership for an NBA 2K eSports League, a professional competitive gaming league that will bring together the best basketball gamers in the world. In the coming months, the league and its teams will make a variety of announcements related to participating players, team branding, league structure and business updates.
DEW NBA 3X will make stops in two NBA markets throughout the summer. The tour builds on the growing excitement around the 3×3 platform and its inclusion in the 2020 Summer Olympics.