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Ryan joins our NBA mavericks

MANILA exempted, it hasn’t been a bad week for Australian basketball with first Dante Exum signing a three-year $33million deal at Utah Jazz, now Ryan Broekhoff securing a two-year deal at Dallas Mavericks.

Sure, Monday’s ‘Melee in Manila’ was a big enough international basketball story to knock LeBron James joining the Los Angeles Lakers for four years and $153.3million off as No.1.

But the Jazz backing Exum after he dropped his sophomore NBA season with an ACL tear suffered while representing the Boomers, then missing 70 games with a shoulder separation, shows they have faith in his untapped potential.

That faith was rewarded by Exum’s performances against Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semi final (below), and now Broekhoff finally has the break he has worked so hard to achieve.

The Rio Olympian and 2014 FIBA World Cup Boomers starter made the All EuroCup First Team this year, in his last season with Russia's PBC Lokomotiv Kuban of the VTB United League.

He announced it today and received plenty of supportive tweets, most basketball followers in Australia recognising his elevation to the NBA was long overdue.

Broekhoff, 27 and 201cm, is a lethal long-range shooter who brings additional intangibles, defence and a high basketball IQ to the Mavericks, with the first year of his two-year $2.4million deal guaranteed.

The success also puts the Frankston junior alongside Germany’s greatest player and Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki, and former LA Clippers centre DeAndre Jordan as the franchise rebuilds from its 24-58 13th place finish in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.

Broekhoff finished his last season with Lokomotiv averaging 12.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game and won the 3-point contest.

Australian players and Broekhoff's Boomers teammates from Andrew Bogut to Joe Ingles to Matthew Dellavedova long have sung his praises as an NBA-quality player.

Finally, he gets his chance to prove it.

DELLY TO BRO: "So, welcome to the NBA, Ryan. Better late than never!"

Meanwhile in Adelaide, players in the Aboriginal Basketball Academy (left) today all received new shoes from Patty Mills, our NBA champion at San Antonio Spurs. 

And then, oops - who is that on the cover of NBA 2K? Oh yeah, Ben Simmons. Let's not forget, in his Rookie of the Year NBA season, Simmons joined Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson as only the third rookie in NBA history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists and was second only to the Big O for most triple-doubles in a rookie season.

He beat Allen Iverson’s record of 567 assists to set the team rookie record and helped the Philadelphia 76ers qualify for the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 52–30 win-loss mark, the best team performance since 2001. During the playoffs he became the first rookie since Magic Johnson in 1980 to have a triple-double, and only the fifth rookie in history to achieve this feat.

Australian basketball with a bloody nose this week?

No, far from it.

Jul 6

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