Today there were three games in the NBA involving Australians.
The first game that involved an Australian today was Aron Baynes and the Detroit Pistons taking on the Houston Rockets. Unfortunately for the Pistons, the Rockets prevailed in an ugly game 99-96.
The second game that involved and Australian was the 93-89 win by Matthew Dellavedova and the Milwaukee Bucks over the Orlando Magic.
The third game was meant to be the Australian showdown of the Dallas Maverick with Andrew Bogut taking on the San Antonio Spurs with Patrick Mills. Unfortunately Bogut sat the game out with a minor injury suffered last game. The Mavericks lost 96-91
Aron Baynes had his second poor game in a row. He played 13 minutes for two points on 0-of-3 shooting. Fortunately Baynes is a good free throw shooter, hitting both of his attempts from the stripe. Baynes also collected just one rebound.
Mathew Dellavedova had a very Delly game, for the most part. He played 26 minutes and scored seven points on 3-of-7 shooting. Dellavedova also collected 1 rebound and four assists, which is 2.2 less than his season average of 6.2. This incidentally sits 15th in the league for assists per game.
What was very un-Dellavedova was the six turnovers that he committed. Until the Orlando game, Dellavedova had committed 24 turnovers in 12 games. This is only two per game. Compare this with his 74 assists and his assist to turnover ratio before the Orlando game was 3:1 which is a very good number.
The rookie, Thon Maker did not see any court time tonight for the Milwaukee Bucks. Maker has only played four games, averaging 3.3 minutes, 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds per night.
Patrick Mills played a quality game tonight. In 30 minutes, Mills picked up 17 points, second only to team leader Kawhi Leonard. Mills shot 6-of-11 from the field, including 2-of-5 from deep. Mills also collected three rebounds, one assist and two steals.
Andrew Bogut did not suit up tonight due to being kicked in the calf last game. He should return for the Mavericks next game against the Los Angeles Clippers in two days time.
Last years number one draft pick, Ben Simmons, is yet to make his season debut for the Philadelphia 76ers, who incidentally beat the Miami Heat today 94-101. Simmons is still out after surgery on his foot to repair a Jones fracture in his foot. This is the same injury that kept Kevin Durant out for all but 27 games in the 2014-15 season.