Plenty of Aussies will be on show when the stars hit the court in Las Vegas for the NBA Summer League Friday.
Josh Giddey (Australia’s own Weet-Bix kid!) headlines a bunch of Aussies that will be looking to make their mark on the big stage in Vegas.
Plenty of eyes will be on Giddey and his OKC team, one of the favourites to take home the title and see if all the hype is legit with Chet Holmgren!
Dyson Daniels will also make his NBA debut with the Pelicans, selecting him with the 8th overall pick in the NBA Draft, someone who they hope will have a big say in their upcoming season.
Luke Travers rounds out the Australian NBA contingent in the Summer League, with the Cavs selecting him 56th Overall in the NBA Draft, with Travers looking to show he can be a quality 2-way piece in a young upcoming unit!
Plenty of other NBL Stars will also look to put on a show in Vegas and stake their claims to make an NBA Roster (or training camp slot).
Jack White, coming off a very successful Boomers campaign over the weekend, will feature with the Denver Nuggets.
The Sydney Kings have a couple of their Championship members making their way to Vegas, with Dejan Vasiljevic looking to light it up for the Suns, while Makur Maker will look to show everyone his talents representing the Bulls.
Alkodah Gak (Chicago) and 2 bigs who will hope to one day represent on the international stage themselves (Jo Lual-Acuil and Duop Reath) will be lining up with Dejan in Phoenix.
The NBL will also be represented on the Next-Star (and import) front, with Hugo Besson lining up for the Bucks, Ousmane Dieng with Giddey in OKC, Justinian Jessup and Yudai Baba in Golden State, Vic Law with Utah and Sammy Waardenburg in Dallas.
Around the Grounds:
Outside of the NBA Summer League, it’s been a busy end to the NBA season.
Josh Giddey making an appearance to the store was a huge success! Josh took the time to have a chat to all fans, take all the photos and sign every autograph. A true professional and someone who Australian basketball fans can be very excited and proud about going forward.
We're big fans of Dejan Vasiljevic and and what he brought to our Champion Kings, he'll no doubt look to show the world he's got what it takes to make an NBA Roster.
Dejan is a sniper, and someone who wouldn’t look out of place in the league with the way the game is going! Vasiljevic will also look to be in the conversation for the World Cup next year.
Tyrese Proctor is heading to Duke after suiting up for the Boomers over the weekend and got his first taste of International Men's basketball in the final match up against China.
Just like the excitement levels are building with Giddey representing the Boomers, it won’t be too long till we see Tyrese feature heavily in the rotation in the upcoming international campaigns. Duke has got themselves a good one!
The Women’s Basketball World Cup is also coming up in a couple of months, and one of Australia’s greatest ever basketball players will look to feature. Lauren Jackson has made headlines for making the Opals squad for the upcoming World Cup in Sydney.
Having the experience of LJ in this team could go a long way in deciding if the Opals have what it takes to shock the world, and with home support, the girls are in good shape!