Three weeks have come and gone in the NBA, and for the most part teams have played 10 games of the 82 game schedule. So after this we have a clearer picture of how our Aussie’s teams seasons are shaping up.
After a loss to Patty Mills’s San Antonio Spurs, the Detroit Pistons bounced back by going on a two game win streak. They have been letting everyone know that even without their starting point guard Reggie Jackson they are a force to be reckoned with in the East.
With 6 wins, 5 losses and a win percentage of .545 for the season, their most recent win was a hard fought effort against Russell Westbrook’s OKC Thunder. For this game the Pistons were without their starting centre and rebounding powerhouse Andre Drummond, giving Aron Baynes the call-up to start.
He didn’t waiver at his chance to make a splash.
Clocking a season high 20 points in the match up, to go along with this he had 8 rebounds, an assist and was 100% from the free throw line converting 4/4. The Pistons closed out the game 104-88 and in behind the scenes Trans Tasman battle within the paint, Baynes got the better of Oklahoma’s starting centre and Kiwi star Steven Adams.
Similar to the Pistons making noise in the East, the Utah Jazz are sitting pretty out in the Wild West. Traditionally the tougher conference to be a part of due to the array of competitive teams, the Jazz currently have 7 wins and 5 losses and a win percentage of .636.
Their most recent loss came against the ever gritty Memphis Grizzlies, known for their slow pace and ability to grind games out late. The Grizzlies aren’t the team you want to be facing with scores tied and 2:00 mins on the clock.
Again just like in the Pistons most recent game, it was an Aussie that had a stand out game scoring 20 points in the outing.
Joe Ingles shot 4/7 from beyond the arch and 7/11 overall from the field. He was on the court late in the game when the Jazz were down by only 6, and made a big play with 0:37 on the clock to bring the Jazz to within 4.
With the Jazz pushing for their first playoffs run in 4 seasons they are still finding Joe Ingles an average of 17.2 minutes a game and Dante Exum 21.1 minutes. Which goes to show the amount of faith they have in their Aussie one-two punch.
Having been the team that ended the Warriors historic 24 game win streak last season, Matthew Dellavedova and the Milwaukee Bucks have done the opposite this year. They now own the proud title of being the only team to be on the receiving end of two separate teams’ first wins of the season.
Last week after they were beaten by Andrew Bogut’s Dallas Mavericks for their first win of the campaign. The Bucks next match up was against the New Orleans Pelicans, who at the time were also winless after 8 games.
Delly had a game high 12 assists as well as 7 points and 5 rebounds, Although he didn’t shoot well from the field only converting 2/7 Delly’s dishing did play a big part in Jabari Parker’s 33 point outing.
However this came to nothing as Anthony Davis, a man who has already had many stat lines similar to Parker’s in losses this season, finally earned his teams first W of the 2016 season in the 112-106 victory.
The Bucks are still sitting comfortably in 6th place in the Eastern Conference with 5 wins and 4 losses, equaling a .556 win percentage. But with some tough fixtures coming up, Milwaukee will need Delly to step up if they are to maintain their hold on an early playoff space.
Bogut and Patty Mills have had very contrasting starts to the season from the get go. Bogut’s Dallas Mavericks opened the season on a 4 game losing streak, where as Patty and his Spurs opened theirs with 4 straight wins.
The San Antonio Spurs now have 8 wins and 3 losses on the season, their win percentage of .727 is enough to have them sitting 3rd in the Western Conference.
Last week Tony Parker moved back into Spurs rotation, however Patty’s minutes and productivity haven’t suffered much from this. In the four games that the Spurs have played since last weeks edition, Mills has still averaged 9 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in 26 minutes of game time.
In his most recent game Mills shot 100% from 3 point land and the free throw line clocking a steady 10 points in a home victory against the Miami Heat.
Bogut’s Mavericks have continued to find life hard throughout the beginning of the season. They have now lost 7 games and only have the 2 wins for the year. Their most recent loss to the Knicks commenced a two game loosing steak that the team will be wishing to put an end to sooner rather than later.
Their upcoming opponent is the Celtics away from home at the TD Garden in Boston. As a team Boston have been struggling on the boards this season, and with Bogut averaging 10.6 rebounds a game he can hopefully make his presence felt like he did last week in Milwaukee.
So from the top, the middle and to the bottom of the table – the various NBA teams that home our Aussie talent are nestled within the thick of it.
Season projections are starting to become trends, for some this is a positive and for other they have a lot of work to do.
One thing that is sure – nothing is set in stone. With approximately 72 games remaining for each team anything can change, no matter how quickly that change may need to happen.