Turnabout is fair play, or so it would seem, as Australia, weary of Americans showing up announced to seek spots on the lists of AFL teams, has infiltrated the NBA to an extent never before seen.
The recently completed NBA draft, which included Ben Simmons and Thon Maker with the first and tenth pick, respectively, has grown the number of Aussies to nine for next season.
Nine players would make Australia second in terms of international representation in the NBA. Canada and France are the leaders, tied at 12. Australia’s nine for the 2016 – 2017 season would tie them with Brazil.
All the current Australian players in the NBA are key contributors, as well.
Matthew Dellavedova just won an NBA Championship with the Cavaliers and played substantial minutes during the regular season.
Andrew Bogut started for the record-setting Golden State Warrior.
Patty Mills filled the essential “sixth man” role for the San Antonio Spurs. Aron Baynes was a frequent performer in the Detroit Pistons’ frontcourt and Joe Ingles endeared himself to Utah Jazz fans with his relentless energy.
Additional Aussies may wind up on NBA rosters following the NBA Summer League, where players will get to showcase their skills for numerous NBA executives with input on team player personnel decisions.