17/04/2024
Aussies in the NBA Week 2

Aussies in the NBA in Week 2. Photos: @okcthunder; @utahjazz Twitters

Our Aussies in the NBA made their mark in Week 2, headlined by Joe Ingles' 1000th career three-pointer and Josh Giddey setting more Rookie records.

Four Aussies took to the court in Week 2 of NBA action with Josh Giddey and Joe Ingles both etching their names into the record books and Matisse Thybulle making an early case as a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year.

Patty Mills

4 Games, 3 Wins, 9.2pts, 2.0reb, 4.0ast

Patty Mills continued to provide scoring off the bench for the Brooklyn Nets in Week 2 of NBA action, starting the week with a 21-point performance against the Washington Wizards.

Mills shot eight-of-14 from the field and five-of-nine from deep to help the Nets cruise past the Washington Wizards.

In the remaining three games of the week, Mills was not as productive, scoring in single figures in all three, as his field goal attempts per game went down as did his minutes.

Mills has become a fan favourite in Brooklyn already and has received high praise from his teammates such as Kevin Durant for his professionalism and high energy plays.

Joe Ingles

4 Games, 3 Wins, 10.3pts, 4.2reb, 2.2ast

Joe Ingles first game of the week against the Denver Nuggets was a record-setting night for the Australian, scoring his 1000th career three-pointer.

Ingles joins elite company by becoming the fifth player in NBA history to score 1000 three’s while maintaining a shooting percentage of 41.5%. The other players to do so are all-time shooters in Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kyle Korver and Steve Nash.

On Ingles’ career night he also filled the box score with 13 points, five rebounds and four assists off the bench.

Ingles followed up a few nights later again being efficient from deep, shooting four-of-nine to go along with 14 points.

On Sunday Ingles earned his first start of the season – with point guard Mike Conley missing – in a loss to the Bulls but only managed nine points on three-of-nine shooting.

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Josh Giddey

3 Games, 1 Win, 11.6pts, 5.0reb, 6.6ast

In just his fifth NBA game Josh Giddey made history by becoming the third-youngest player in NBA history to record 10 assists in a game, behind just LeBron James who did so twice.

In fitting form, Giddey amassed this feat against James’ side the Los Angeles Lakers in what was OKC’s first win of the season, where he was an instrumental part of the Thunder’s 26-point comeback.

Giddey finished the game with 18 points on seven-of-13 shooting to go along with the 10 assists for his first NBA double-double.

Oklahoma’s two other games for the week were both against the Golden State Warriors where Giddey showed his versatility and ability to impact the game on multiple levels with points, rebounds and assists.

Giddey currently leads all rookies in assists with 5.7 a game.  

Matisse Thybulle

3 Games, 2 Wins, 7.3pts, 3.0reb, 1.6ast, 2.6stl, 1.6blk

Matisse Thybulle has continued to show he is one of the best defenders in the league and a vital part of the Philadelphia 76ers team with a sensational week on the defensive end.

Thybulle came off the bench all three games but continued to make an impact collecting one steal and two blocks in a loss to the New York Knicks.

From there Thybulle only got better as the week went on, recording three steals in a win against the Detroit Pistons before saving his best for the final game of the week against the Atlanta Hawks who knocked the 76ers out of the playoffs last season.

Thybulle was a menace on the defensive end, finishing the game with four steals and three blocks to go along with his first double-digit scoring game of the season with 11 points.

Thybulle is currently ranked seventh in the league in steals with 2.3 and 18th in blocks with 1.5 a game.

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