It was another exciting month of NBA action for our Aussies with plenty making the most of their opportunities while others continued to show the developments they have made in their games.
From triple-doubles to season and career-highs there were lots of highlights from the second month of the NBA season.
11 Games, 7 Wins, 9.5pts, 6.7reb, 5.0ast, 1.3stl
After a rough start in his first month back in the NBA following sitting out all of the 2021-22 season, Ben Simmons’ struggles continued throughout the early part of the second month of the season.
Simmons was sidelined for Brooklyn’s first three games of the month dealing with left knee soreness. When he returned there was new leadership at the Nets after Steve Nash was fired with Jacque Vaughn named the new head coach.
Vaughn opted to play Simmons in a different role as he for the first time in his NBA career came off the bench. Due to this Simmons played fewer minutes and his impact on the game decreased. As was the case in his first game in the new role where he recorded two points, three rebounds, and two assists in 16 minutes of action.
While he was able to bounce back against the New York Knicks, helping the Nets to a 27-point win after scoring six points, grabbing nine rebounds, and dishing out four assists while also being impactful on the defensive end having two steals and a block.
The move to the bench proved motivating for Simmons who began to get his confidence back and look like the player of old in just his fourth game in the new role.
Against the Sacramento Kings, the 26-year-old for the first time since 14 June 2021 scored in double figures, with an 11-point and five-rebound performance. Even though the Nets were blown out by 32 points, the game seemed to be a turning point in Simmons’ season as he scored in double digits in the next five games of the season.
To this point of the season, Simmons had looked hesitant to attack the rim and lacked confidence in scoring the basketball which had led to multiple games where he was unable to have much of an impact offensively.
Simmons followed up his personal milestone with another impressive performance when the Nets met the Portland Trailblazers, scoring 15 points and going 100 per cent from the field. He also recorded his season-high in rebounds with 13 to go along with seven assists.
After two strong performances, Simmons was reinstated to the starting line up where he continued his impressive form, scoring a season-high 22 points in a 12-point win over the Memphis Grizzlies. He was again efficient in scoring the ball making 11 of his 13 attempts combined with having eight rebounds, and five assists.
It was not just on the offensive end that Simmons rediscovered his mojo, the point forward began to return to the two-time All-Defensive player we know.
Simmons had his strongest game on the defensive end in what was personally his biggest game of the season when the Nets travelled to play his old side, the Philadelphia 76ers. Having requested a trade from the Sixers and leaving on unceremonious terms last season it was the first time Simmons had travelled back to Philadelphia to play his former team.
Simmons did not shy away from the moment having another strong performance which saw him score 11 points and record 11 rebounds but it was defensively that he was the most impactful recording three steals and three blocks. Unfortunately for Simmons, the Nets were unable to get the win, going down by nine points.
He was able to back up his strong defensive display against the Sixers with another in a 14-point win over the Toronto Raptors where he had three steals and two blocks to go along with 14 points.
Simmons continued his strong scoring form with a 20-point performance against the Indiana Pacers where he again did not miss a shot for the game before only scoring two points in the Nets’ following game against the Portland Trailblazers. Despite the limited scoring, Simmons did impact the game in other ways with 12 rebounds, eight assists, and three steals.
In Simmons’ final game of the month against the Orlando Magic, he reaggravated his left knee injury during the second quarter.
Due to the injury, Simmons missed the Nets’ remaining games in November.
16 Games, 6 Wins, 14.4pts, 7.3reb, 5.6ast
Having missed the back end of October with an ankle injury, Josh Giddey returned to action to start November, helping the Thunder to an eight-point win over the Orlando Magic. Despite struggling to score the ball Giddey showed off his playmaking ability, finishing the game with 10 assists.
He backed his performance against the Magic with a 16-point and 15-point performance against the Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks, however, the Thunder were unable to win either game.
The Thunder would go on to suffer two more losses to the Detroit Pistons and again to the Bucks, however, Giddey had a strong rebounding night in the latter, grabbing a season-high 15 rebounds.
Oklahoma returned to winning ways in its next game against the Toronto Raptors, earning a big 19-point victory where Giddey scored 15 points to go along with nine rebounds, five assists, and two steals.
The Thunder then on went the road travelling to New York to play the Knicks in what would be Giddey’s second time playing at Madison Square Garden. The 20-year-old did not disappoint recording a triple-double after scoring a season-high 24 points, 10 rebounds and season-high 12 assists.
The feat held extra significance for Giddey achieving the same feat as he did last season. He joined Wilt Chamberlin as the only players in NBA history to record a triple-double in their first two games of their career at MSG.
It was Giddey’s fifth triple-double of his career which meant that only Kevin Durant with seven and Russell Westbrook with 138 have more than him in Oklahoma City Thunder history.
Giddey continued his strong form over the Thunder’s next handful of games, continuing to rebound strongly and score efficiently.
Over this stretch, he had a 20-point, 11-assist game against the Memphis Grizzlies and another solid performance against the Knicks where he scored 18 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists.
Giddey flirted with another triple-double a few games later when the Thunder defeated the Chicago Bulls by four points, recording 10 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists.
Giddey finished off the month by dropping 18 points against the Houston Rockets before having a rough night when he met Dyson Daniels and the New Orleans Pelicans.
For the first time in 10 games, Giddey did not score in double figures and was unable to have much of an impact passing the ball finishing with just one assist, his lowest of the season.
The Aussie was able to bounce back in the Thunder’s final game of the month, getting a win over the San Antonio Spurs where Giddey recorded a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
13 Games, 7 Wins, 3.7pts, 0.8reb, 1.2ast
Patty Mills made the most of the minutes he got over the month of November, trying to impact the game with his lethal deep ball shooting and veteran knowledge to help the Brooklyn Nets.
Mills opened the month scoring nine points in 10 minutes in a loss to the Chicago Bulls. In his next game, he would be playing under a different coach following the Nets front office firing Steve Nash and replacing him with assistant Jacque Vaughn.
In his first game under Vaughn, Mills played 16 minutes and scored five points. He was also able to have an impact defensively getting a steal and a block.
Mills would go on to set his season-high for the month of November in the Nets’ following game against the Charlotte Hornets, scoring 11 points and shooting three of five from behind the arc.
From this point onwards Mills was unable to have much of an impact in games, playing over 10 minutes just three times of the Nets’ next 10 games. Throughout this stretch Mills was only able to score a handful of points each game given his minutes were sporadic.
Mills scored just 23 points over these 10 games with Vaughn opting to give minutes to Seth Curry, Edmond Sumner, and Cam Thomas.
Following this stretch of little playing time Mills ended up finding himself out of the rotation, and being a DNP for the Nets’ final three games of the month.
11 Games, 7 Wins, 5.7pts, 4.4reb, 2.4ast
Our newest Aussie in the NBA, Dyson Daniels started to come into his own in the second month of the season, as he earned more consistent playing time and developed a role within the New Orleans Pelicans’ rotation.
Daniels received playing time in just two of the Pelican’s first six games of November, as he was still finding his feet in the NBA.
He opened the month with an eight-point, five-rebound performance against the Golden State Warriors where he showcased his range by hitting two three-pointers.
Despite the good performance he would go on to play just five minutes the next time he suited up against the Atlanta Hawks, and he was unable to make much of an impact grabbing just three rebounds.
The young wing would go on to be a DNP in the team’s next three games before playing minimal minutes against the Houston Rockets.
In his sixth NBA game, Daniels was finally able to cement his spot in the rotation, playing 17 minutes against the Memphis Grizzlies where he showcased his strong rebounding ability, grabbing nine boards. He also finished the game with three points, a steal, and a block.
From this point forward Daniels played in all of the Pelicans’ remaining games of the month.
Over the Pelicans’ next three games, the 19-year-old impacted the game in many different ways, showcasing his rebounding, playmaking skills, and showing flashes of the impact he could have on the defensive end.
Over the remaining four games of the month, Daniels received more playing time in each game culminating in the final game of the month against the Toronto Raptors where he had a breakout performance.
In his 21st NBA game, the 6’8 wing scored in double figures for the first time in his career, finishing with 14 points. He also set a career-high in assists, dishing off nine dimes to be one short of his maiden NBA double-double.
Daniels’ solid performances in the games prior helped build him up to this breakout game, where he played his most minutes of the season to date with 31 and flirted with a triple-double, with eight rebounds to be one shy of his season-high.
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11 Games, 6 Wins, 1.9pts, 1.3reb, 0.5ast, 1.3stl
Following a difficult start to the season where he was in and out of the rotation, Aussie defensive stopper Matisse Thybulle was able to play more consistently throughout November.
The month began with Thybulle starting for the first time this season when the 76ers played the Washington Wizards. Despite starting, Thybulle managed to only play 16 minutes where he scored two points along with two rebounds and a steal.
Thybulle would not return to the starting five for another three games where in that time he played small minutes where he did not get many offensive possessions.
When he did return to the starting line-up, Thybulle saw his minutes increase considerably, playing 30 minutes in a 12-point win over the Atlanta Hawks. Despite the increase in minutes, his impact on the game was small, finishing with just two points, two rebounds, and a steal.
The following game Thybulle had his most productive defensive outing of the season, again starting where he would go on to have five steals – a season-high and a block. He also recorded a season-high in rebounds with six.
From this point on Thybulle again found himself out of favour being relegated back to the bench where he received under five minutes of playing time in three straight games. A subsequent ankle injury forced the 25-year-old to miss the team’s next three games and when he returned he continued to struggle to get consistent playing time.
Thybulle closed out the month playing 18 minutes against the Cleveland Cavaliers where he scored two points and had three rebounds.
14 Games, 7 Wins, 7.6pts, 1.9reb, 0.9ast
Having established a role for himself as an energy player off the bench, Josh Green continued to show the strides he had made in his game this month.
Green started November by helping Dallas edge out the Utah Jazz by three points where he shot two of three from deep to finish the game with six points. He backed this up with a perfect shooting night against the Toronto Raptors where he scored seven points to go along with two rebounds and a steal.
On a hot shooting streak, Green made the most of his strong form in the Mavericks’ next game against the Nets where the Aussie had a big night scoring 16 points after not missing a shot for the entire game. He also pitched in with five rebounds and two assists to have a pivotal role in helping the team get the 96 to 94 win.
After nine games of the NBA season, Green found himself leading the league in three-point percentage, shooting 66.7 per cent.
Green was unable to fill up the stat sheet over his next six games. However, he did have a large impact on the defensive end, recording two steals in three of those games.
Following some quieter performances, Green’s hot shooting returned when the Mavericks met the Denver Nuggets with the 22-year-old scoring a career-high 23 points, going six of seven from behind the arc. Despite the career night, Dallas fell just short by one point.
Green’s final four games of the month were solid, doing what his team needed from each game whether that be hustling for offensive boards, being a pest defensively or spacing the floor for three-point opportunities.
Green made sure to cap off the month in style scoring in double digits for the fourth time this season with a 13-point game against the Golden State Warriors where he again was efficient scoring the ball.
12 Games, 7 Wins, 4.8pts, 2.8reb, 0.9ast
Following a productive first month with the Phoenix Suns, Jock Landale cooled down over November as he had to compete for more opportunities in the Suns’ big-man rotation.
Landale opened the month with a difficult shooting night from behind the arc, unable to score from any of his four attempts. He went on to fix this in the Suns’ next game against the Portland Trailblazers where he scored nine points on perfect shooting. He also chipped in with six rebounds, four of which were offensive boards.
Landale continued to help keep plays alive for the Suns over the next seven games, being active on the offensive glass. While his minutes fluctuated from game to game, Landale continued to have an impact on this end of the floor.
Following two efficient scoring nights against the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz where he finished with seven points in each, Landale was suddenly out of the Suns’ rotation going on to miss the team’s next three games.
Following his return, Landale did not play over 10 minutes in Phoenix’s final three games of the month as it opted for smaller line-ups. Despite his minimal game time Landale continued to do what he could in the minutes he earned.
6 Games, 3 Wins, 1.2pts, 0.5reb, 1.2ast
Aussie Matthew Dellavedova stayed ready when he was needed by the Sacramento Kings playing small minutes off the bench throughout November.
Delly opened the month playing a season-high 20 minutes against the Miami Heat where he finished with five points along with two rebounds, one assist, and a steal.
He wouldn’t suit up in the Kings’ next five games before getting another opportunity against the Brooklyn Nets. Dellavedova showed off his passing skills dishing off four assists in just eight minutes of action.
The 32-year-old received garbage time minutes in the remaining four games of the month which he played in, unable to have any impact due to the minimal game time and situation of the game.
5 Games, 4 Wins, 0.0pts, 0.6reb, 0.0ast
Having spent the first half of the month playing in the G-League, Jack White got limited playing time with the Denver Nuggets throughout the second half of November often playing small minutes at the end of regulation.
Overall White played in five games in November and was unable to score a single point in any of those games.
His best performance came against the Oklahoma City Thunder where he played 10 minutes and got one rebound and two blocks.
For the other four games of the month, White played under four minutes in all of them and only had three rebounds combined.
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