It was another impressive week for our Aussies in the NBA with Patty Mills’ sweet shooting stroke continuing to fall, Josh Giddey making more history and Matisse Thybulle stealing everything in sight.
3 Games, 2 Wins, 16.3pts, 1.7reb, 2.3ast
Patty Mills started all three games for the Brooklyn Nets this week where his shooting ability was on full display making 15 of the 26 three-pointers he took through three games this week.
In Mills’ first game of the week against the Cavs he put up 17 points on six-of-10 shooting and five-of-nine from three. A few days later he led the team and game in scoring with a 23-point performance against the Boston Celtics where – again – he was super efficient, shooting at 75%.
In the final game of the week Mills was unable to hit double digits only registering nine points along with three rebounds and a pair of assists.
He currently leads the NBA in three-point percentage at 50% and is ranked top five in three-pointers made. With the types of performances he is having and the way he has seamlessly integrated into the Nets starting lineup, Mills could see himself staying there even once Joe Harris returns from injury.
4 Games, 2 Wins, 8.0pts, 3.0reb, 1.5ast, 1.0stl
Aussie Joe Ingles had an underwhelming start to the week but was able to pick up his production in the back end. Ingles managed only five points in the Jazz first two games of the week against the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder where his shot wasn’t falling.
The Jazz’s last two games of the week were against the New Orleans Pelicans where Ingles was able to get himself back into some form. He had 12 points on five-of-eight shooting in their first meeting and 15 points on four-of-five shooting from deep the second time they matched up. He also was inserted into the starting lineup in the second meeting with the Pelicans.
3 Games, 0 Wins, 15.0pts, 7.0reb, 6.7ast
Josh Giddey continues to impress from week to week and looks more comfortable with each passing game, having arguably his best week in the NBA.
Despite the Thunder losing all three games, Giddey continued to stuff the stat sheet, dropping 15 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in his first game of the week against the Atlanta Hawks.
A few days later when OKC went head to head with the Utah Jazz and Giddey with fellow Boomer, Joe Ingles, Giddey put on a show with a career-high 19 points to go along with seven rebounds and eight assists.
In the same game Giddey made more history joining LeBron James and LaMelo Ball as the only other rookies to have 100 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists in their first 20 NBA games.
Giddey is currently a dark horse to win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award with the likes of Scottie Barnes and Evan Mobley the current favourites, however with continued performances likes this Giddey may soon see himself as the favourite for the award come season’s end.
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3 Games, 1 Win, 9.3pts, 4.0reb, 1.0ast, 3.0stl, 1.0blk
After having missed most of last weeks game Matisse Thybulle was able to put together a whole week of games, put straight into the starting line-up for his defensive ability.
Thybulle was able to collect three steals in all three games this week, picking up where he started before missing a chunk of games with COVID-19.
Thybulle best game of the week came in the 76ers’ only win of the week against the Sacramento Kings where he had 15 points, two rebounds, three steals and a block on six-of-eight shooting.
Despite only having played 13 games this season, Thybulle has 31 steals on the year ranking him top 15 in the league.
1 Game, 0 Wins, 2.0pts, 0reb, 0ast
Landale was only able to earn himself minutes in one of the San Antonio Spurs games this week, against the Atlanta Hawks where he played five minutes and put up two points.
Landale will need to continue to make the most of the limited opportunities he gets to earn more minutes as the season progresses.
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