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NBA tips off with strong Aussie/NBL presence

THE NBA's 2022-23 season tips off today with a powerful Australian presence, enhanced even moreso by an NBL influence. The opening games of the 82-game schedule are done and dusted, with a long wait ahead until we see the Golden State Warriors face Milkwaukee Bucks for the championship.

But there will be plenty to enjoy in between with 10 Australian players - let's not waste time on the "Kyrie Irving was born in Melbourne" BS please - lining up on several rosters.

Our Australian contingent is led by returning-from-injury Ben Simmons, who, if he can regain and sustain his old All Star form, will lift the Brooklyn Nets into calculations in the Eastern Conference.

He has Boomers Bronze Medal and Tokyo Olympic flag-bearer Patty Mills in that Nets crew.

From there we have Josh Giddey at OKC, Matisse Thybulle (Philadelphia 76ers), Dyson Daniels (New Orleans Pelicans), Josh Green (Dallas Mavericks), Jock Landale (Phoenix Suns), Jack White (Denver Nuggets) and Matthew Dellavedova (Sacramento Kings).

And returning from injury soon for the Bucks will be Joe Ingles, just the mid-season boost to help Milwaukee over the hump after what should be an injury-plagued rocky start.

How good is that? Ten bona fide Aussies. Good starting place for our next Boomers team!

But wait, there's more.

The NBL connection includes Ingles (South Dragons), LaMelo Ball (Charlotte Hornets/Illawarra Hawks), RJ Hampton (Orlando Magic/NZ Breakers), White (Melbourne United), Ousmane Dieng (OKC Thunder/NZ Breakers), Giddey (Adelaide 36ers), Landale (Melbourne United), Torrey Craig (Phoenix Suns/Brisbane Bullets, Cairns Taipans), Dellavedova (Melbourne United) and Jae'Sean Tate (Houston Rockets/Sydney Kings).

And it doesn't end there, either. Check out the NBL connection to NBA assistant coaches.

Adam Caporn (Brooklyn Nets/Perth Wildcats), Trevor Gleeson (Toronto Raptors/Perth Wildcats, Melbourne Tigers, Townsville Crocodiles), Damian Cotter (Chicago Bulls/Sydney Kings), Mike Dunlap (Milwaukee Bucks/Adelaide 36ers), Jamahl Mosley (Orlando Magic/Victoria Titans), Phil Handy (LA Lakers/Melbourne Tigers, West Sydney Razorbacks), Chris Jent (LA Lakers/North Melbourne Giants), Matt Nielsen (San Antonio Spurs/Sydney Kings, Perth Wildcats) and Brett Brown (San Antonio Spurs/Sydney Kings, North Melbourne Giants, Melbourne Tigers).

It's quite amazing really.

So if you don't have an NBA team to follow, maybe someone from our Australian/NBL connection can draw you on board.

Oct 19

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