Continuing our grading of the 2016 NBA Draft, we pick things up with the Dallas Mavericks –
In: A.J. Hammons (#46)
A good shot blocker and defender down low, needs work if he has to be stretched to defend further out. The Mavs needed a centre and they have one with some good potential here.
In: Jamal Murray (#7), Juan Hernangomez (#15), Malik Beasley (#19), Petr Cornelie (#53)
Out: Daniel Hamilton (#56)
The Nuggets needed shooting to be able to create more room for Emmanual Mudiay to do his thing and they certainly got that. Murray, Hernangomez and Beasley are all very good shooters and the 1-2 combo of Murray and Mudiay should be the future back court for this team.
Hernangomez will likely stay overseas for a year, mostly due to the glut of bigs on the Denver roster at the moment but he projects as a solid stretch four type of player.
Beasley is another guard who is able to create his own shot and is a solid defender, he will keep the pressure on Gary Harris to keep his spot.
The Nuggets needed to get some more shooters for their floor spacing and better offensive flow, they went out and did that with all of their round one picks.
In: Henry Ellenson (#18), Michael Gbinije (#49)
The Pistons picked up a good player here in Ellenson but I’m not a fan of the pick overall, it doesn’t fit with what the Pistons need.
When you look at the Pistons roster, they have plenty of big men and have also just brought in Cameron Bairstow from Chicago, who could prove to be a worthy player off the bench if given court time. Ellenson now joins a growing group of bigs vying for playing time.
What the Pistons needed, especially early in this Draft seeing as it wasn’t the deepest, was a backup point guard. The guard spots for the Pistons drop off significantly after Reggie Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
In terms of Ellenson himself, next to Andre Drummond his lack of athleticism can be hidden to some effect and he can also develop into a solid shooter from range, something that we know Stan Van Gundy likes in all his player when he has a dominant anchor.
Golden State Warriors:
In: Damian Jones (#30), Patrick McCaw (#38)
The Warriors might be expecting Festus Ezeli to go walkabout during Free Agency (possibly to the Lakers with outgoing Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton?) and they have brought in an athletic big man in Damian Jones.
A solid player who needs to work a little more on his endurance and he should be a good back up big man for this team.
McCaw was a good pick up early in the second round as well, a long guard who isn’t bad at setting up plays and defending.
Nothing flashy about either of these picks but they can certainly make the roster for next season, both of them, to keep the Warriors thereabouts.
In: Chinanu Onuaku (#37), Zhou Qi (#43)
The Rockets needed to select at least one big man in the Draft and they picked up two. Dwight Howard, Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas could all be on the way out in Free Agency so they needed someone to act as cover.
Unfortunately for them, Onuaku is extremely raw on the offensive end. Fortunately for them, Onuaku is a very good defender and rim protector.
Zhou Qi is a solid prospect from China for the Rockets. Tall with soft hands and a nice touch around the ring, he is also a competent shot blocker. Whether he can manage with the daily grind of the NBA is the biggest question.
In: Jeff Teague, Thaddeus Young, Georges Niang (#50)
Out: George Hill, Caris LeVert (#20)
The Pacers have gotten better, no doubt about that but unfortunately it doesn’t have much to do with the drafting of Georges Niang. It’s got everything to do with their deals around Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young.
In Teague they get a legitimate point guard who is able to break down the defender and charge the lane which should create more open opportunities for Paul George and Monta Ellis. In Young, they get a very good power forward to pair with Myles Turner.
While drafting Niang could prove a steal or a bust depending on his status as a “tweener”, the moves involving Teague and Young (which had draft picks involved) make the Pacers a better team.
It seems a little redundant to grade a Draft without seeing how players have gone in their new environs but it’s always fun to speculate based on the body of work seen by those players so far and the make up of each teams roster.
So, here is the grading of the NBA Draft Part 1:
In: Taurean Prince (#12), DeAndre Bembry (#21), Isaia Cordinier (#44)
Out: Jeff Teague, Kay Felder (#54)
The Hawks seemed to restock wing players when what they really could have used was some suitable big men to back up Paul Millsap and/or replace Al Horford if he ends up on the move.
Instead they went with a shooter and defender in Prince, who was a huge reach for the #12 pick. Bembry could be a good slasher for them but is unreliable as a shooter and Cordinier will be in France for a while still.
Picked up some good players but none who fit their needs right now. A big man, as stated, or a point guard to replace Jeff Teague so Dennis Schroder has some cover.
In: Jaylen Brown (#3), Guerschon Yabusele (#16), Ante Zizic (#23), Demetrius Jackson (#45), Ben Bentil (#51), Abdel Nader (#58), 2019 Clippers first round pick
Out: Deyonta Davis (#31), Rade Zagorac (#35)
So many goodies for the Celtics in this Draft and they do….this…
At number three they selected Jaylen Brown, a player who is physically/athletically gifted but aside from his athleticism he isn’t the most skillful player that was available (e.g. Kris Dunn, Dragan Bender, Buddy Hield). The Celtics need shooting, specifically wing shooting, and Brown at #3 doesn’t do that for them.
They then pick Yabusele and Zizic as their other first round picks, Zizic could probably play minutes now but he could be bothered by the length in the NBA so his production is questionable at the moment. Yabusele on the other hand is not likely to be in the NBA next season. In my mind, three wasted picks so far.
They then trade out Deyonta Davis, who was projected as a lottery pick, when they got him at #31 BUT they did make up for it with drafting Demetrius Jackson at #45, a steal.
Did the Celtics fill any of their needs? No. Should they have taken the Philadelphia package offered to them? Probably.
In: Caris LeVert (#20), Isaiah Whitehead (#42)
Out: Thaddeus Young, Marcus Paige (#55)
LeVert is an injury prone first round talent that feels a bit of a reach by the Nets here. When this pick came from the Indiana Pacers in the Thaddeus Young trade, I’m not so sure. The biggest question mark over LeVert is staying injury free, if he does that he is a talented prospect with a good scoring punch that could become the number two option to Brook Lopez.
The same can be said for Whitehead, he is a definite scorer and everything else on the court takes as back seat.
GM Sean Marks is going straight to the rebuild, trading out Thaddeus Young and drafting two “potentials” shows that clearly. They still missing a whole lot of pieces but LeVert could prove very valuable.
In: Marco Belinelli
Out: Malachi Richardson (#22)
Ok Charlotte, bring in a 30 year old shooter worth $13 million over the next two seasons and who is just coming off his worst shooting season since 2010 and avoid this Draft.
I wouldn’t say it’s the right way to go BUT they decided they needed perimeter shooting and got someone proven as a shooter (regardless of his poor season just gone)
In: Denzel Valentine (#14), Paul Zipser (#48)
The Bulls have got a very good pick in Valentine with the 14th pick, as long as his knees hold up. Valentine averaged 19.2ppg, 7.5rpg and 7.8apg during his last season in Michigan State.
He is a perfect fit for this team, can pass, defend, knock down the three ball and covers what they’ve lost in Derrick Rose (including the poor knees…).
Zipser may not be stashed overseas but at the same time he appears to provide exactly the same as Doug McDermott, so doesn’t fit a need or provide anything new to the team.
Valentine is a steal and could have a long and productive career in the league.
In: Kay Felder (#54)
The Cavaliers bought their way to this pick, sending $2.4 million off to the Hawks. A 5’9″ point guard who can throw down alley-oops, is a very good athlete and can shoot the ball. If he was taller he’d have gone much earlier.
Cavaliers could have a steal here, could provide minutes if Matthew Dellavedova is headed out.
Good morning and good evening ladies and gentlemen, I’m Mark Vallance and welcome to our now annual running coverage/discussion/blog of the NBA Draft. I’m flying solo this time around though with JT Goodman unable to join us from across the world. Let’s get into it!
This could be a hotly contested Draft with a number of names mentioned in trade rumours. Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague have already been moved on to the NY Knicks and the Indiana Pacers respectively. Other names thrown up recently include Serge Ibaka, D’Angelo Russell and Jimmy Butler.
Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics and the 76ers have all been heavily discussed when it comes to teams looking to trade their pick, trade up etc..
The Boston Celtics have eight Draft picks, with three in the first round, thanks to Danny Ainge and his dealing with the Brooklyn Nets a couple of seasons ago. The Celtics are expected to be big keys to how this Draft goes down and who goes where.
In terms of draftees, Philadelphia is expected to take Aussie Ben Simmons with the number one pick and the Lakers to take Brandon Ingram at number two.
Buddy Hield, Dragan Bender, Kris Dunn, Jamal Murray, Jaylen Brown and Marquese Chriss are expected to make up the other spots in the top eight picks which is where the experts are saying the skill drops off and the trades could flow freely. Any of those six players could go in any order with teams trying to move up, down and all around.
I’ll be back with you in 18 minutes when the Philadelphia 76ers will be on the clock with the number one pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
With the first pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select – Ben Simmons
No surprises here, a poorly kept secret over the last couple of days. The new face of the franchise and will come in and change the way the whole team plays, can do everything on the court.
#2 pick, Los Angeles Lakers – Brandon Ingram
Also the expected pick here, if Simmons went #1 then Ingram was always going #2. Like Simmons, becomes the new face of a franchise and with Kobe gone the Lakers need that. Good shooter and general offensive talent and a solid defender.
#3 pick, Boston Celtics – Jaylen Brown
This pick has been rumoured to be in a number of trades, so will Brown be staying with the Celtics? However, Brown is a good player and is able to play on or off the ball well with his athletic ability.
#4 pick, Phoenix Suns – Dragan Bender
The 18 year old from Croatia is heading to Phoenix. A seven footer with some great range of his shot, a good athlete and can run the floor well. Will allow some lanes to open up for the likes of Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight.
#5 pick, Minnesota Timberwolves – Kris Dunn
Was touted as the number three pick but the Timberwolves will definitely take him here. Can defend, can attack the lane, can handle the ball and score. Running alongside Wiggins, LaVine and Towns…scary!
#6, New Orleans Pelicans – Buddy Hield
Needed a shooter, got a shooter. Shot 50% from the field and 46% from three and no doubt about it, has a scorers mentality. A good pick up for the Pelicans.
#7 pick, Denver Nuggets – Jamal Murray
Denver picks up another very good player late in the top ten. Murray could have gone as high as three. A good offensive minded player, should play nicely with Mudiay.
#8 pick, Sacramento Kings – Marquese Chriss
Interesting pick by the Kings, going a PF when they have DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein already on the roster and you’d think those two would be holding down those positions for years to come. *Apparently there is a deal between the Kings and the Suns involving this pick, stay tuned.
#9 pick, Toronto Raptors – Jakob Poeltl
A solid player with solid skills who will likely be coming off the bench. A true back to the basket style of big man.
#10 pick, Milwaukee Bucks – Thon Maker
WOW!! Very raw, great size and skill set potential is huge! Two Australians in the top ten!
#11 pick, Orlando Magic – Domantas Sabonis
With Nikola Vucevic on the roster it’s an interesting choice, they have similar skill sets but it could help Vucevic have some rest in games.
*TRADE: Oklahoma City Thunder has traded Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic. Victor Oladipo, Ersan Illyasova and the rights to the just drafted Sabonis head to the Thunder.
#12 pick, Utah Jazz – Taurean Prince
This pick will be going to the Atlanta Hawks thanks to the Jeff Teague deal a couple of days ago. A bit of a leap for Prince, going higher than expected but has a nice soft touch around the rim, can shoot the three and his length and athleticism will help defensively.
*TRADE: The earlier mentioned Suns/Kings trade is as follows – Rights to Marquese Chriss (#8 pick) to the Suns. Kings receive 13th & 28th picks, a 2020 second round pick AND the rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic.
#13 pick, Phoenix Suns – Georgios Papagiannis
The Kings are going after big men, Papagiannis is a very good low post player but he can also step out with a bit of range. Still not sure why the Kings are chasing big men though. Cousins and Cauley-Stein should be solid foundations moving forward.
#14 pick, Chicago Bulls – Denzel Valentine
A small forward who can pass the ball extremely well, a good all around player. Knees could be an injury issue but the Bulls aren’t fussed about that by the looks of it. With Derrick Rose off to New York and Jimmy Butler possibly moving on as well, Valentine can do it all.
#15 pick, Denver Nuggets – Juan Hernangomez
A stretch four with a very good shot, Fran Fraschilla says he is ready to come over now. Could slot into the Nuggets line up but could be slightly undersized for the PF spot at the NBA level.
#16 pick, Boston Celtics – Guerschon Yabusele
Plays the four but again, could be undersized at the NBA level. Can also shoot from the outside, something the Celtics need. There’s a big international flavour to these picks 10-20 so far. However, with all Celtics picks tonight (all eight of them) you need to wonder who will actually be sticking around in the green?
#17 pick, Memphis Grizzlies – Wade Baldwin IV
A bit of a slide down the picks for Baldwin. There has been talk of Mike Conley possibly leaving Memphis as an unrestricted free agent, Baldwin would step in as a solid replacement. An explosive player with some decent range, his game is jump shots rather than finishing at the rim.
#18 pick, Detroit Pistons – Henry Ellenson
The Pistons have gone with a big man, I expected them to try to source a backcourt player in the Draft. Close to averaging a double double last season with Marquette, if he does play alongside Andre Drummond then rival teams are going to have a huge challenge trying to out-rebound them.
#19 pick, Denver Nuggets – Malik Beasley
The drafting of Murray and now Beasley is some great work by the Nuggets, as these picks will fit perfectly with Mudiay and spread the floor more for him. A good jump shooter and with very good range already. Solid in transition too but defensive improvement required.
*TRADE: The Indiana Pacers #20 pick is going to the Brooklyn Nets. The Pacers receive Thaddeus Young and a future second round pick.
#20 pick, Indiana Pacers – Caris LeVert
Injuries have hampered his career so far and also would have hurt his draft stock. A shooter in the sense of a catch-and-shoot style rather than pull-up. He gets additional points for the multi colour suit he’s rocking.
#21 pick, Atlanta Hawks – DeAndre Bembry
Some players are really starting to slide down the list now (Deyonta Davis, Skal Labissierre). Bembry is a good defender and finisher at the rim. Could be someone the Hawks use as in pick plays against opposing guards to make use of his height.
*TRADE: Kings to receive the following pick (#22) from the Hornets and will send them Marco Bellinelli.
#22 pick, Charlotte Hornets – Malachi Richardson
Richardson is a knock down shooter and something that the Kings have been missing since they stuffed up working Jimmer Fredette, Nik Stauskas and are heading the same way with Ben McLemore. Maybe this time they can get it right.
#23 pick, Boston Celtics – Ante Zizic
Celtics fans in the crowd do not like this pick, not quite the same scenes as Porzingis last season though. Big time shot blocker, plenty of energy, runs the floor and good finisher at the rim.
*Labissiere and Davis are still sliding….
#24 pick, Philadelphia 76ers – Timothe Luwawau-Cabarrot
Great name, not quite at the same level as Dragan Bender though. The 76ers love athletic players and they definitely have one here. Could provide defense to this 76ers team, will be interesting to see if they draft and stash him or bring him in now.
#25 pick, Los Angeles Clippers – Brice Johnson
Averaged a double double at North Carolina, a good finisher around the rim and solid on the defensive end.
#26 pick, Philadelphia 76ers – Furkan Korkmaz
Can shoot, score at the rim and he plays for the Turkish National Team. Won’t be playing at the 76ers next season as the buyout for him is more expensive then his salary would be.
#27 pick, Toronto Raptors – Pascal Siakam
Another international player goes in the first round and Labissiere and Davis continue their slide. Siakam wasn’t in Chad Ford’s mock draft…at all…
#28 pick, Phoenix Suns – Skal Labissiere
Remember this is going to the Sacramento Kings. Finally he is off the board! Was seen as a top 10 pick before the season started. Will be heading to the Kings where they have gone a big man..again…for some reason…
#29 pick, San Antonio Spurs – Dejounte Murray
The Spurs get yet another player late in the first round of the Draft that could have gone much earlier.
*Being noted that Deyonta Davis and his family have left the green room and the Draft floor area.
#30 pick, Golden State Warriors – Damian Jones
The Warriors close out the first round with Damian Jones, a centre that could be cover for if Luke Walton try taking Festus Ezeli or Andrew Bogut with him to LA Lakers.
From here on there will be sporadic blurbs for the draftees but every pick will still be noted immediately. Trades and other tidbits will still be put up as well.
#31 pick, Boston Celtics – Deyonta Davis
#32 pick, Los Angeles Lakers – Ivica Zubac
*TRADE: Boston Celtics trade the rights to pick #31 and #35 to the Memphis Grizzlies for a 2019 first round pick.
#33 pick, Los Angeles Clippers – Cheick Diallo
#34 pick, Phoenix Suns – Tyler Ulis
#35 pick, Boston Celtics – Rade Zagorac
#36 pick, Milwaukee Bucks – Malcolm Brogdon
#37 pick, Houston Rockets – Chinanu Onuaku
Solid defender, has an interesting free throw technique so keep an eye out for that!
#38 pick, Milwaukee Bucks – Patrick McCaw
#39 pick, New Orleans Pelicans – David Michineau
#40 pick, New Orleans Pelicans – Diamond Stone
Defending and rebounding the main question mark here, can score.
*TRADE: Those last two picks by the Pelicans will be heading to the Los Angeles Clippers for pick #33 (Cheick Diallo).
#41 pick, Orlando Magic – Stephen Zimmerman
*TRADE: Utah Jazz have traded pick #42 to the Brooklyn Nets in return for #55 and cash.
#42 pick, Utah Jazz – Isaiah Whitehead
#43 pick, Houston Rockets – Zhou Qi
7’2″ player out of China described as a PF. Won’t be in the NBA next season.
#44 pick, Atlanta Hawks – Isaia Cordinier
#45 pick, Boston Celtics – Demetrius Jackson
Oh listen, the Celtics fans in the crowd actually cheered this one!
#46 pick, Dallas Mavericks – AJ Hammond
#47 pick, Orlando Magic – Jake Layman
*TRADE: Portland Trailblazers send Orlando Magic a 2019 second round pick and cash for #47 pick Jake Layman.
#48 pick, Chicago Bulls – Paul Zipser
#49 pick, Detroit Pistons – Michael Gbinije
A good jump shooter.
#50 pick, Indiana Pacers – Georges Niang
Ten to go, we’re almost there!
#51 pick, Boston Celtics – Ben Bentil
Celtics fans are happy again!
#52 pick, Utah Jazz – Joel Bolomboy
#53 pick, Denver Nuggets – Petr Cornelie
#54 pick, Atlanta Hawks – Kay Felder
*TRADE: Cleveland Cavaliers are sending cash to the Hawks for the 54th pick.
#55 pick, Brooklyn Nets – Marcus Paige
Another guard for the Jazz…..ok….. (earlier trade is sending this to Utah)
#56 pick, Denver Nuggets – Daniel Hamilton
*TRADE: The 56th pick is on it’s way to Oklahoma City Thunder for cash.
#57 pick, Memphis Grizzlies – Wang Zhelin
#58 pick, Boston Celtics – Abdel Nader
The Celtics are really making some questionable calls today….
#59 pick, Sacramento Kings – Isaiah Cousins
#60 pick, Utah Jazz – Tyrone Wallace
And there we have it, the 2016 NBA Draft is in the books. Stay tuned to TBL Daily for a grade of every teams haul in the very near future.
Thanks for following along with me!
With the NBA Draft set to take place tomorrow morning (Friday) from 9am (AEST) and Ben Simmons looking the likely number one pick, it’s time to look back at how previous Aussies have fared in their quest to make it in the NBA.
The list below is of Australian players who have played in the NBA, if they were undrafted a * will be shown next to their name.
2009 – 2011
Andersen was drafted 37th overall by the Atlanta Hawks in 2002 but it wouldn’t be until 2009 when the Hawks traded his rights to the Houston Rockets that he’d set foot on an NBA court. He played a total of 103 games in the NBA with the Rockets, Toronto Raptors and New Orleans Hornets (at that time they were not the Pelicans).
He has NBA career averages of: 4.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 0.6apg, 0.2spg and 0.2bpg.
1997 – 2000
Chris Anstey was selected with the 18th overall pick by the Portland Trailblazers in the 1997 NBA Draft however he never played for them. He played in the NBA for three seasons with the Dallas Mavericks and the Chicago Bulls, amassing 155 games.
NBA career averages: 5.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 0.9apg, 0.4spg and 0.3bpg.
2014 – present
Drafted in 2014 with the 49th pick by the Chicago Bulls, Bairstow stepped up his game his senior year of college to get the attention of NBA scouts. In recent weeks he has been traded by the Bulls and is now with the Detroit Pistons (along with Aron Baynes). In his two seasons in the NBA he has seen very little court time thus far.
NBA career averages: 1.2ppg, 1rpg, 0.2apg, 0.1spg and 0.1bpg.
2013 – present
Born in New Zealand but grew up in Australia and represents Australia internationally, makes him Australian. He was undrafted but picked up by the San Antonio Spurs in 2012 and becoming an NBA Champion in the 2013/2014 season. Before the 2015/2016 season he has moved onto the Detroit Pistons team where he has himself a nice role behind Andre Drummond.
NBA career averages: 5.4ppg, 3rpg, 0.6apg, 0.2spg and 0.4bpg.
2005 – present
The first Australian to be selected with the number one pick in the NBA Draft, Bogut was picked by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2005. Injuries have not been kind to Bogut, particularly a freak elbow injury that has really limited his offensive game. One has to imagine what his career would have been like if not for those injuries. Since the joining the Golden State Warriors in 2012, Bogut has become an NBA Champion with them (2015) and also been selected to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2015). With the Bucks he led the league in blocked shots (2.6bpg in 2011), was selected to the All-NBA Third Team in 2010 and the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2006.
NBA career averages: 10.3, 8.9rpg, 2.3apg, 0.7spg and 1.6bpg.
1996 – 1997
Bradtke played with the Philadelphia 76ers during the 1996/1997 NBA season. He appeared in 36 games for them before returning to the Melbourne Tigers in the National Basketball League.
NBA career averages: 1.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 0.2apg, 0.1spg and 0.1bpg.
2013 – present
Australia’s newest NBA Champion, Dellavedova was undrafted and then picked up by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013 after being an absolute standout player for St Mary’s College of California. Delly took over the basketball world with his display in the 2014/2015 NBA Finals before being crowned champion last week as the Cavaliers won the 2015/2016 NBA Finals.
NBA career averages: 5.7ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.4apg, 0.5spg and 0.1bpg.
2014 – present
Drafted at the number five spot by the Utah Jazz in the 2014 NBA Draft, Exum has already missed one full season to injury. Looking very much like a rookie in his first season with the Jazz, the 2015 Summer League showed that Exum was more confident in himself and his abilities. He was then unfortunately injured while representing Australia which caused him to miss all of the 2015/2016 NBA season.
NBA career averages: 4.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.4apg, 0.5spg and 0.2bpg.
Signing with the Washington Bullets (as they were then known) in the 1993/1994 NBA season and played seven games with them. Returned to Australia and the NBL before having another short stint in the NBA in the lockout shortened 1998/1999 NBA season where he won an NBA Championship with the San Antonio Spurs. Considered Australia’s greatest ever basketball player, Gaze has been inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame.
NBA career averages: 1.7ppg, 0.5rpg, 0.4apg, 0.2spg and 0.1bpg.
Born in the United Sates but became an Australian citizen and represented Australia internationally. He was drafted in the 1988 NBA Draft at pick number 67 (third round) by the Utah Jazz however failed to make their active roster at the time. He played the majority of his career in the NBL with the Perth Wildcats, setting a range of records for the team. In 1993 he played three games in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks.
NBA career averages: 1.3ppg, 0.3rpg and 0.3apg.
1996 – 1997, 2003
“Hammer” is one of the great shooters of Australian basketball and he was picked up by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1996/1997 NBA season to do just that, just not very often. He had a second stint in the NBA during the 2003/2004 NBA season with the San Antonio Spurs. Most people, from an international viewpoint, would remember him and Charles Barkley going at each other in a warm up game for the 1996 Olympics. Heal hit 8/12 three point shots in that game to lead all scorers with 28pts.
NBA career averages: 2ppg, 0.4rpg, 0.8apg, 0.1spg and 0.1bpg.
2014 – present
After plying his trade in the NBL and then in Europe, the Utah Jazz picked up their second Aussie (Dante Exum). He’s now played two seasons with the Jazz and has had some great games coming off the bench. He played every game of the 2015/2016 NBA season.
NBA career averages: 4.6ppg, 2rpg, 1.7apg, 0.8spg and 0.1bpg.
2011 – present
Born in Australia but has dual citizenship with the United States and has represented the United States internationally (youth). Describes himself as an American but throw him in here anyway as a player born in Australia to be taken in the NBA Draft. Selected first overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
NBA career averages: 20.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 5.5apg, 1.4spg and 0.3bpg.
2008 – 2010
Selected with the 41st pick overall in 2008 by the Indiana Pacers before having his rights traded to the Toronto Raptors, Jawai became the first indigenous Australian to play in the NBA. He has struggled throughout his career with injuries and fitness, specifically during his NBA run he had to “rest” due to a cardiac abnormality which limited his movement. He has since returned to Australia and the NBL, recently signing a three year deal with the Cairns Taipans (where he started his professional career).
NBA career averages: 2.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 0.6apg, 0.2spg and 0.2bpg
1991 – 2001
Longley was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the seventh pick in the 1991 NBA Draft. He played there for two and a bit seasons before being traded to the Chicago Bulls. It was here he became a well known player, winning three consecutive NBA Championships between 1996 – 1998 alongside Michael Jordan. He was the starting centre for that Chicago Bulls team and became the first Australian to win an NBA Championship. He also played for the Phoenix Suns and the New York Knicks to round out his NBA career.
NBA career averages: 7.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.5apg, 0.5spg and 1bpg.
1993 – 1995
Born in the United States Mee became and Australian citizen and represented Australia internationally. Mee was selected by the Golden State Warriors in the 1993 NBA Draft with the 34th overall pick. He was traded to the Denver Nuggets though and never played for the Warriors. He played 40 games in the NBA before making his to China, Australia and parts of Europe.
NBA career averages: 1.9ppg, 0.9rpg, 0.5apg, 0.4spg and 0.3bpg.
2009 – present
Selected with the 55th overall pick by the Portland Trailblazers in the 2009 NBA Draft, Mills became a household name for his enthusiastic towel waving on the bench. In 2012 he moved to the San Antonio Spurs where his career has begun to flourish. Now renowned as a “sparkplug” and high energy scorer, Mills has found a home with the Spurs and won the 2013/2014 NBA Championship.
NBA career averages: 7.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.9apg, 0.6spg and 0.1bpg.
2006 – 2007
Originally undrafted, Schenscher signed with the Chicago Bulls in 2006 and the Portland Trailblazers in 2007. Played in 31 games across those two seasons before making his way back to Australia and playing in the NBL.
NBA career averages: 1.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 0.3apg, 0.1spg and 0.2bpg.
Other Australian’s to be Drafted:
These Australian’s were selected in an NBA Draft but have never played an NBA game – CJ Bruton (1997, #52), Paul Rogers (1997, #53), Ben Pepper (1997, #55), Brad Newley (2007, #54) and Ater Majok (2011, #58).