19/04/2024

Aussies in the NBA Week 9. Photo:@BrooklynNets, @okcthunder/Twitter.

Patty Mills took over in the fourth quarter against the Raptors, while Josh Giddey made more rookie history to cap off another strong week for our Aussies in the NBA.

Week 9 of NBA action saw Patty Mills take over in the fourth quarter against the Toronto Raptors, Josh Giddey make more rookie history, Jock Landale look to cement his spot within San Antonio’s rotation and the effects of COVID beginning to sweep its way across the NBA.

Patty Mills

3 Games, 2 Wins, 22.3pts, 5.0reb, 3.3ast

Patty Mills has continued to impress in Week 9 of NBA action playing a much larger offensive role for the Brooklyn Nets as the team struggles to put a squad on the court with players missing due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

Mills had his most impressive game of the season when the Nets meet the Toronto Raptors, finishing with 30 points in the team’s overtime win. Mills played a huge role in the victory dropping 16 points in the fourth quarter and hitting the game-tying three pointer which sent it to overtime.

The performance was Mills first 30 point game since joining the Nets and his new season-high.

Mills followed up with another strong performance against Boomers teammate, Matisse Thybulle and the Philadelphia 76ers dropping 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and hitting four three-pointers.

In the Nets final game of the week, the Nets lost to the Orlando Magic however were undermanned with Kevin Durant entering the league’s health and safety protocols. This meant Mills was the team’s number one option and did not disappoint, leading Brooklyn and the game in scoring with 23 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists.

Due to so many players being out the Nets game against the Denver Nuggets was postponed.

Mills is currently having a career year, averaging career highs in points, three pointers made and minutes.

Joe Ingles

3 Games, 2 Wins, 5.7pts, 3.0reb, 3.7ast

The Utah Jazz and Joe Ingles enter the week sitting on a seven-game win streak which they added to with a win over the LA Clippers. Ingles came off the bench putting up three points and five assists struggling to hit his shot going one-of-five from deep.

The win streak would come to an end in the following game, going down to the San Antonio Spurs by two points. Ingles again was able to provide some playmaking off the bench with four assists.

In the team’s final game of the week, they returned to winning ways defeating the Washington Wizards. Ingles was inserted into the starting line-up, dropping nine points, six rebounds and two assists on three-of-seven shooting from behind the arc.

Josh Giddey

2 Games, 1 Win, 12.5pts, 13.5reb, 8.5ast

Josh Giddey has continued his stellar rookie season, making more history with his versatile play style.

In the Thunders sole win of the week against the LA Clippers, Giddey had eight points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists, making him the youngest player in NBA history with 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a game. The 18 rebounds he collected are the most by any rookie this season and the most by a Thunder rookie in franchise history.

Despite the impressive numbers Giddey has put up this season he has still been unable to secure a triple-double this season, coming close on numerous occasions.

LaMelo Ball currently holds the record as the youngest player to get a triple-double in NBA history at the age of 19 years and 140 days. Giddey is currently 19 years and 70 days so still has some time to create more history.

In the Thunders other game of the week Giddey was again impressive, putting up 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the team’s close loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Giddey continues to lead all rookies in assists and is ranked third in rebounds per game.

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Matisse Thybulle

3 Games, 0 Wins, 4.0pts, 1.0reb, 1.6stl

It was the first winless week of the season for Matisse Thybulle and the 76ers, falling to big leads early in all three games.

Thybulle started in the team’s first game of the week against the Memphis Grizzlies, playing 21 minutes and scoring four points as well as grabbing two steals. Thybulle would start the following game against the Miami Heat, but again only played small minutes with 14 and finished the game with one assist, one steal and two blocks.

In the final game of the week, Thybulle was relegated back to the bench against Patty Mills and the Brooklyn Nets however had a much more productive game with eight points, two rebounds and two steals on three-of-five shooting.

The 76ers were meant to close out the week against the New Orleans Pelicans but the game was postponed.

Jock Landale

3 Games, 1 Win, 4.3pts, 2.0reb

Since having that small one game stint in the G-League, Jock Landale has returned to the NBA and earned minutes in every Spurs game since.

Landale had one of his more productive games in the Spurs opening game of the week against the Charlotte Hornets, where he played six minutes and put up four points, four rebounds, an assist and blocked a shot.

He again got six minutes of playing time in the team’s win over fellow Aussie Joe Ingles and the Utah Jazz, however only scored two points for the game. In the team’s final game of the week, Landale had seven points, his second-highest scoring game in the NBA along with two rebounds and a steal.

It appears Landale has found himself a role within the Spurs rotation as their ninth or tenth man off the bench where he has shown he can provide quick scoring and serviceable defence.

Josh Green

2 Games, 1 Win, 5.0pts, 4.0reb, 1.0ast, 1.0stl

Josh Green got off to a great start to open the week, putting up seven points, six rebounds, two assists and one block on perfect shooting against the Hornets. Green would end up shooting a perfect four-from-four, from the field over the week making his sole shot in the team’s loss to the LA Lakers.

He would also finish that game with two rebounds and two steals in the 10 minutes he played. Green did not play in the team’s final game of the week against the Minnesota Timberwolves, being placed in the NBA Covid protocol.

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