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Our place as an NBA breeding ground confirmed with record nine Aussies lining up

Staff writers, October 17, 2018 8:17AM News Corp Australia Network

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Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the basket. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraBen Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the basket. Picture: Getty Images

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BASKETBALL: Australia’s place as an NBA breeding ground* has been confirmed with a record nine Aussies suiting up for teams this season.

Canada is the only nation topping Australia on the NBA’s annual list of non-US players in the world’s top basketball league.

Canada has 11 players on NBA opening-night rosters ahead of Australia and France in equal second place with nine.

The NBA regular season opens today with the Philadelphia 76ers, featuring Australians Ben Simmons and Jonah Bolden, taking on Queenslander Aron Baynes’ Boston Celtics.

The NBA list counts Celtics star Kyrie Irving as Australian, but does not include Sudan-born, Australian-raised Milwaukee Bucks centre Thon Maker as an Aussie. Irving was born in Melbourne while his American professional basketball player father Drederick was playing with the Bulleen Boomers.

The other Australians joining Simmons, Bolden, Baynes and Maker on NBA rosters this season are rookie sharpshooter Ryan Broekhoff (Dallas Mavericks), Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs), Matthew Dellavedova (Bucks), Joe Ingles and Dante Exum (Utah Jazz).

The Australian team congratulates Australia's Nathan Lyon (centre) for one of his wickets. Picture: AP media_cameraThe Australian team congratulates Australia’s Nathan Lyon (centre) for one of his wickets. Picture: AP

CRICKET: Pakistan, which won the toss and opted to bat, was bowled out for 282 in its first innings on the first day of the second Test in Abu Dhabi overnight.

Debutant Fakhar Zaman and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed both scored 94 and together added 147 for the sixth wicket after Pakistan was jolted by spinner Nathan Lyon with four wickets off six balls in the first session.

Lyon finished with 4-79 while leg-spinner Marnus Labuschagne took 3-45.

Pakistan’s bowlers struck an early blow to grab two wickets, including that of Usman Khawaja for three, as Australia finished on 2-20, with Aaron Finch on 13 and nightwatchman* Peter Siddle dismissed off the last ball of the day for four.

Tom Scully of the Giants when he injured his ankle. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraTom Scully of the Giants when he injured his ankle. Picture: Getty Images

AFL: Tom Scully’s move to Hawthorn could trigger* an even bigger trade on deadline day today.

In speaking about the Scully deal, Hawks football manager Graeme Wright hinted Greater Western Sydney was working on something big ahead of the final day of the trade period.

The Giants moved Scully for the bargain price of a future fourth-round pick in what is widely seen as a salary cap dump*.

“I think the Scully deal was a lot around the (ankle) injury but also its tied up in a bigger deal for GWS … and that will come to fruition* tomorrow (Wednesday),” he told Trade Radio.

GLOSSARY

breeding ground: a place or situation that favours the development of something

nightwatchman: a weaker batsman sent in to bat when a wicket falls just before the end of a day’s play, to avoid the dismissal of a better one

trigger: start

salary cap dump: moving players to fit within the salary cap

fruition: completing a plan

QUICK QUIZ

1. Which Aussie will line up for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA?

2. How many wickets did bowler Nathan Lyon capture off six balls?

3. Which club is GWS’s Tom Scully moving to?

VCOP ACTIVITY

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HAVE YOUR SAY: Who is your favourite Aussie playing NBA and why?

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