28/02/2024

Aussies in the NBA Week 10. (Photos: Brooklyn Nets/Twitter; NBL/Twitter)

Patty Mills set the Christmas Day three point record, while Jock Landale cemented his spot in the Spurs rotation to cap off a solid week for our Aussies in the NBA.

There is no stopping our Aussies in the NBA with another action-packed week highlighted by Patty Mills setting the Christmas Day three-point record, Joe Ingles reaching 5,000 career points, and Jock Landale cementing his role within the San Antonio Spurs rotation.

Patty Mills

1 Game, 1 Win, 34.0pts, 2.0reb, 7.0ast, 1.0stl

Patty Mills and the Brooklyn Nets only played one this week after having their matchups with the Washington Wizards and Portland Trailblazers postponed due to not having enough players as the effects of COVID-19 continue to sweep across the league.

In the sole game the Nets played, they travelled to Los Angeles on Christmas Day to take on the LA Lakers. The Nets prevailed, with Mills playing a huge part in the victory after putting up 34 points on 11 of 17 shooting.

Mills also set the NBA record for the most threes scored in a Christmas Day game with eight. He hit the record-breaking eighth three with just over a minute left in the game to give the Nets a five-point lead, where they ultimately held on to win.

The 34 point performance ties Mills’ career high in points and sets a new season high. The champion has now scored in double digits in his last 11 games.

Joe Ingles

3 Games, 3 Wins, 8.0pts, 3.7reb, 5.0ast, 1.0stl

Joe Ingles and the Utah Jazz have continued their strong season, winning all three games this week to sit as the third seed in the Western Conference.

Ingles came off the bench in three games this week, however made some personal history in the first game of the week against the Charlotte Hornets. Ingles had six points, five rebounds and four assists, and in the process reached 5,000 career points.

The 34-year-old had his most productive game of the week when the Jazz met the Timberwolves, scoring 16 points, collecting four rebounds, dishing off five assists, and getting three steals.

Ingles was unable to emulate the same productivity in Utah’s final game of the week on Christmas Day against the Dallas Mavericks, only scoring two points, however was able to show off his playmaking skills with six assists.  

Josh Giddey

4 Games, 3 Wins, 12.5pts, 6.5reb, 6.5ast, 1.0stl

Josh Giddey has continued to impress for the Oklahoma City Thunder, helping them to three wins this week.

Giddey opened the week with a 19 point, 11 assist performance against the Memphis Grizzlies, putting him in the conversation as the greatest OKC rookie since Russell Westbrook. He also set a new career high in assists in the game.

The 19-year-old had strong games to follow against the Denver Nuggets, scoring 14 points to go along with three assists and two steals. He then put up 17 points and six rebounds in the team’s only loss of the week to the Phoenix Suns.

In the Thunder’s final game of the week against the New Orleans Pelicans, Giddey was unable to score any points, however still impacted the game with a double-double, putting up 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Thunder currently sit at four wins and zero losses when Giddey gets 10 or more assists. He continues to lead all rookies in assists with six a game.

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Matisse Thybulle

3 Games, 2 Wins, 5.0pts, 3.3reb, 2.0ast, 2.0stl, 1.3blk

Matisse Thybulle was back to his defensive best this week as the Philadelphia 76ers returned to winning ways.

After being in and out of the starting five, Thybulle was able to cement his spot as a starter this week, being on the court in all three games for tipoff.

Thybulle had a solid game against the Boston Celtics in the 76ers comeback win, dropping seven points, collecting three rebounds, having three steals, and finishing with one block. He was again strong on the defensive end against the Atlanta Hawks a few days later with one steal and two blocks as well as dropping eight points.

The 24-year-old was unable to put up any points in the 76ers win over the Washington Wizards, however did grab two steals and a block to continue his streak of getting a steal in the past six games.

Thybulle is currently ranked in third place on the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year ladder, behind Draymond Green and Rudy Gobert due to his excellent on-ball defence this season.

Jock Landale

3 Games, 3 Wins, 13.0pts, 5.0reb, 2.3ast

Jock Landale made his mark in the NBA this week, getting better and more productive as the week went on. Landale has finally cemented his spot in the San Antonio rotation, earning solid minutes and making the most of his opportunities.

He opened the week by playing 14 minutes against the LA Clippers, where he scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds of which three were offensive. He also made both of his two shots from deep.

Landale had his coming out party the following game against the LA Lakers with 13 points, eight rebounds of which five were offensive along with three assists. It was Landale’s first half that had the NBA world stunned where he recorded 11 points on four of five shooting, and had five rebounds in just eight minutes of play.

The 26-year-old continued to only get better in the Spurs’ final game of the week, where he dropped a career-high 18 points from seven of nine shooting on the Detroit Pistons to cap off a perfect week for San Antonio.

Landale has shown an ability provide quick scoring off the bench for the Spurs, where he has proven he can score in bursts as well as being an active player on the offensive glass.

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