Golden State Warriors big man Andrew Bogut has expressed confidence that the Australians could field a highly respectable team for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
He makes a strong case with his play in the NBA this season. Other NBA players from down under bolster his argument. There is Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs, a valuable contributor to one of the league’s elite teams. Cleveland could contribute Matthew Dellavedova, who for the second consecutive year continues to prove he belongs and has not permitted sharing the court with LeBron James to distract him from doing his job. He deserves much of the credit for Cleveland being the class of the Eastern Conference.
Aron Baynes of the Detroit Pistons and Utah’s Joe Ingles are also valuable to an Olympic effort.
Even though at least some of these players could be busy well into the NBA playoffs, they should still have close to two months preparation in order to get accustomed to playing together.
Bogut was coy on the subject of the Boomers having the services of Louisiana State University standout and projected number one NBA draft candidate Ben Simmons. The 2016 NBA draft takes place in June, so Simmons might prefer to getting acclimated to his professional team, as opposed to competing in the Olympics, which, let’s face it, is more NBA exhibition than anything else.