04/03/2024

Aussies in the NBA Week 11. Photo: @NBA_AU, @NBA/Twitter.

Josh Giddey became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple double while Josh Green set a career high in assists for our Aussies in Week 11 of NBA action.

Our Aussies continued to make their mark in Week 11 of NBA action but none more than Josh Giddey who capped off the week by becoming the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double.

Patty Mills

3 Games, 1 Win, 13.3pts, 2.0reb, 1.7ast

The Brooklyn Nets have been one of the worst affected teams by COVID-19 and the subsequent health and safety protocols this season, resulting in a lack of consistency within the rotation from game to game. Throughout all this, Patty Mills has remained a staple of the starting five playing whatever role is required of him, whether that be as a ball handler, creating his own shot and facilitating the offence or as a catch and shoot option.

With the likes of Kevin Durant, James Harden and LaMarcus Aldridge all returning to the line-up, Mills has seen his role change to now primarily being a three-point shooter. Of the 34 shots Mills took this week, 29 came from behind the arc where he shot at 41 per cent.

Mills scoring output from behind the arc proved central in Brooklyn’s first game of the week against the LA Clippers where he had 18 points on six-of-13 shooting from deep. While he struggled to find his shot against the 76ers, only managing five points on one-of-eight shooting from deep, he rectified this against the Clippers a few days later with 17 points and five made three-pointers.

Unfortunately for Mills and the Nets, they were unable to win their latter two games which saw them fall from the first seed in the East.

Mills is currently shooting a career best 43.6 per cent from three-point range and is ranked third in the NBA for three pointers made this season with 115.

Joe Ingles

3 Games, 2 Wins, 8.0pts, 2.0reb, 2.7ast

Joe Ingles week started off strong before injury hampered his second half of the week. Ingles opened the week with a 17-point, three-rebound and three-assist performance against fellow Boomer Jock Landale and the San Antonio Spurs. The 17-point game marks Ingles second highest scoring game for the season so far.

Ingles would then get promoted to the starting line-up for the Jazz’s following game against the Portland Trailblazers where he led the team in minutes played however was unable to emulate the same scoring output finishing with just five points.

Ingles missed Utah’s next game against the Timberwolves with a lower back strain which appeared to still be affecting him when he returned in the Jazz’s loss to the Golden State Warriors with the 34-year-old only scoring two points.

Josh Giddey

1 Games, 17.0pts, 13.0reb, 14.0ast, 4.0stl

It was a dejecting feeling for Aussie NBA fans to start the week when the news was released that Josh Giddey had entered the league’s health and safety protocols and therefore would be out of action for the Thunder over the coming games. Giddey would go on to miss the Thunders games against the Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks.

Giddey did however make his return for the Thunder on Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks where he made more NBA history, becoming the youngest player to record a triple-double. After having so many games where he just missed out on the milestone Giddey ensured to stuff the stat sheet for his maiden triple-double, finishing with an impressive 17 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists.

With 14 assists Giddey also set a new career high as well as making his impact felt on the defensive end, collecting four steals.

At 19 years old and 84 days, Giddey beats out 2020 NBL Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball who previously held the record. Giddey now holds the record in both the NBA and NBL as the youngest player to record a triple-double.  

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Matisse Thybulle

2 Games, 2 Wins, 6.5pts, 4.0reb, 0.5ast, 1.5stl, 1.5blk

Matisse Thybulle and the Philadelphia 76ers went a perfect two of two this week, defeating divisional rivals the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets. Thybulle again was a pest on the defensive end, cutting passing lanes and disrupting his direct opponent on the perimeter.

Thybulle started both games this week and looks to have cemented his role as a starter on the 76ers due to the defensive upside he brings to the team. In his first game of the week against the Raptors, Thybulle finished with seven points, four rebounds and a block.

Thybulle was even more disruptive on the defensive end against the Nets, collecting three steals and two blocks, where his on-ball defence against MVP favourite Kevin Durant was a highlight of the match-up. Much like when the Boomers faced Team USA at the Tokyo 2020 Games, Thybulle did a fantastic job of getting into Durant and disrupting his rhythm.

Jock Landale

3 Games, 0 Wins, 6.0pts, 2.0reb, 1.0ast

Having now secured a place in the San Antonio rotation, Jock Landale continued to make the most of the opportunities he got this week. The Spurs were unable to secure a win in any of their three games, suffering a heartbreaking close defeat to the Detroit Pistons to close out the week.

Landale did not hit double figures in points in any of the games this week after doing so in two games the week prior. In the Spurs first game of the week, Landale played 17 minutes and had seven points on three of eight shooting.

The Spurs next matched up against the Memphis Grizzlies, after their game with the Miami Heat was postponed. Landale saw his minutes cut in half, only playing nine minutes and in that time scoring one three-pointer.

To round out the week Landale saw his minutes return to normal, playing 17 against the Pistons and in the process having his most productive game of the week with eight points, four rebounds and a block on 75 per cent shooting.

Josh Green

4 Games, 3 Wins, 5.8pts, 3.0reb, 3.8ast, 1.0stl

Josh Green started off the week with a career night against the Portland Trailblazers, where he recorded 10 assists to set a new career high and become the third youngest player in the Dallas Mavericks history to record 10 assists at 21 years and 41 days. He also had nine points and two steals to go along with his outstanding performance.

The Mavericks next two games of the week saw them go head to head with the Sacramento Kings, splitting the games one apiece.

In their first meeting, Green played 27 minutes and finished with four points, a steal and two blocks. When they meet for the second game, Green was slightly more productive scoring finishing with eight points but did not have the same impact on the defensive end, unable to record a steal or a block.

Green played 17 minutes in Dallas final game of the week against Josh Giddey and the Oklahoma City Thunder, recording two points, three rebounds and a single steal and block for the game in the teams 95-86 victory.  

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