Aussies in the NBA Week 12. Photo: @MavsPR, @okcthunder/Twitter.

Our Aussies had another memorable week in the NBA with Josh Giddey being named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for December while Josh Green set a new career high.

The week got off to a great start for our Aussies in the NBA, with Josh Giddey being named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for December. It was not just Giddey who had a memorable week with Josh Green setting a new career high in points while Matisse Thybulle returned from the NBA’s COVID health and safety protocols to make an instant impact.

Patty Mills

4 Games, 2 Wins, 5.5pts, 3.0reb, 3.0ast

It was a somewhat forgettable week for Patty Mills with the Aussie sharpshooter struggling to make the impact we have become accustomed to thus far this season.

In the Brooklyn Nets first game of the week against the Memphis Grizzlies, Mills went scoreless for the second time this season, unable to hit any of the six shots he took. Mills finished the game with just one assist despite playing 30 minutes.

The following game saw Mills relegated back to the bench with Kyrie Irving returning for his first game of the season against the Indiana Pacers. With Irving only playing certain away games for the Nets in states that have not mandated the vaccination, Mills will find himself in and out of the starting five for the rest of the season, when Irving is eligible to play.

Due to Irving returning Mills usage went down only putting up just six points as well as three rebounds, five assists, one steal and a single block. Again, Mills struggled shooting the ball going two of six from behind the arc.  

Mills returned to the starting line-up for the Nets next game against the Milwaukee Bucks, with Irving out. Mills shooting struggles continued making just one basket of his eight attempts to finish the game with just three points. He was however able to be disruptive on the defensive end collecting two steals.

Mills finished the week by having his first double digit scoring game in the Nets overtime win against the San Antonio Spurs. Mills dropped 13 points along with six rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Again, Mills struggled shooting the ball going five of 15 from the field and three of 12 from deep.

Joe Ingles

1 Game, 1 Win, 2.0pts, 1.0reb, 6.0ast, 1.0stl

With COVID-19 sweeping through the Utah Jazz locker room, Joe Ingles was one of the casualties and therefore missed most of the team’s games this week.

In the sole game he suited up in against the New Orleans Pelicans, Ingles came off the bench in the 115 to 104 victory. Ingles finished the game with just two points, making just one basket from his four attempts.

He also had six assists and a steal to go along with the single basket.

Ingles should be removed from the COVID protocols and re-join the team this week with the Jazz set to meet the Pistons, Cavaliers and Nuggets this coming week.

Josh Giddey

3 Games, 3 Wins, 11.7pts, 9.0reb, 6.3ast, 1.0stl

Josh Giddey’s week got off to a great start with the Aussie being named as the Western Conference Rookie of the month for December after averaging 11.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.8 assists. This marks the second consecutive month that Giddey has won the Western Conference Rookie of the Month after being named the October/November winner earlier this season.

To open the week, Giddey and Thunder went head-to-head with the Minnesota Timberwolves twice, unable to win in either match up. Giddey had a strong game in the team’s first meeting dropping another double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Giddey currently leads all rookies in double-doubles this season with eight. In the second game Giddey was unable to fill the box score as much but still had a productive game with 10 points, five rebounds and five assists on 50% shooting from the field.

In Giddey’s final game of the week, the 19 year old flirted with another triple-double, finishing with 11 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in the team’s loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Giddey currently leads all rookies in assists, averaging 6.3 a game and is ranked third in rebounds per game.

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Matisse Thybulle

1 Game, 1 Win, 12.0pts, 2.0reb, 1.0ast, 2.0stl

The week got off to a bad start for Matisse Thybulle when he was placed on the league’s COVID healthy and safety protocols list for the second time and therefore missed a handful of games. All in all, Thybulle would miss two of the 76ers games, against the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic.

Thybulle returned to the side to take on Boomers’ teammate, Jock Landale and the San Antonio Spurs in the team’s final game of the week. Thybulle was inserted straight back into the starting line-up to great effect, dropping 12 points off a perfect five of five shooting from the field.

He also chipped in with two rebounds and a single assist to go along with two steals. Post-game Thybulle spoke on how special it is for him to be playing against his Boomers teammates.

“It’s all kind of crazy just to know so many guys that I played with outside the NBA who are also in the NBA. It’s humbling, it’s exciting,” Thybulle said.

“All the success of my guys this season has been fun to watch, it’s obviously better when it’s not against us but all in all, I’m really excited for them.”

Thybulle currently leads all guards in blocks per game, averaging 1.1 and is ranked eighth in steals per game with 1.8.

Jock Landale

4 Games, 1 Win, 6.5pts, 2.8reb, 1.5ast

While the Spurs were only able to win one of their four games this week, Landale continued to play his role, now a permeant part of the San Antonio rotation. Landale opened the week struggling to make a scoring impact only finishing with two points against the Raptors despite playing a career-high 21 minutes.

The following game Landale saw his minutes cut down to just 13, however he was able to make the most of his limited chances going two of two from the field to finish with six points in the Spurs win over the Boston Celtics.

Landale’s minutes returned back the normal 17 minutes he has been getting most games when the Spurs took on the Philadelphia 76ers. The Spurs big man had eight points as well as two blocks and was able to stretch the floor hitting two three-pointers.

To close out the week Landale had his first double digit outing of 2022 when he dropped 10 points, three rebounds and five assists in the team’s overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Landale had another strong shooting performance going four of six from the field and a perfect two of two from deep.

Josh Green

4 Games, 4 Wins, 10.3pts, 3.0reb, 1.0ast

After having a career week, the week prior Josh Green continued to set new career highs in Week 12, with the 21 year old beginning to come into his own as an NBA player.

He opened the week with a six point performance in the Mavericks win over the Denver Nuggets, where he shot three of four from the field. In the following game against the Golden State Warriors, Green’s minutes were reduced significantly, only playing five minutes and not taking any shots.

Green made up for this lack of production against the Houston Rockets, dropping a then career-high 17 points, along with five rebounds, two assists and two steals. He put up the 17 points shooting 85% from the field and the game marked his first game of the season scoring in double digits.

Green saved his best performance for the Mavericks final game of the week in their 113 to 99 win over Eastern Conference leaders, the Chicago Bulls. Green top his career high from the previous game to set a new career high with 18 points off eight of 10 shooting.

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