If the first week of the NBA season wasn’t enough for our Australian representatives, then the second week surely was.
Josh Giddey (or now known as the GidKid) stole the spotlight this week, making headlines as he became the third-youngest player in the NBA’s history to achieve 10 assists in a game. His opponent? Los Angeles Lakers. Who holds the first two spots? Lebron James. Giddey sitting amongst good company indeed.
This comes on the back of Giddey setting Oklahoma records as the first to achieve 10 rebounds in a Thunder debut. Oklahoma also matched their biggest ever comeback as they stunned the Lakers with a 26-point turnaround to record their first win of the season and Giddey’s first NBA W.
18 PTS and 🔟 AST for the Gid Kid vs the Lakers🔥
— Basketball Australia (@BasketballAus) October 28, 2021
Continuing the Australian record streak, Joe Ingles notched up his 1000th career three-pointer. Ingles is just one of five 21st century players to shoot more than 1000 threes at 41.5% or higher, joining an elite club of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kyle Korver and Steve Nash. Ingles has started the 2021/22 season strong, currently shooting at 53.8% efficiency.
After achieving his 200th NBA steal in week one, Matisse Thybulle reached his 20th multi-steal, multi-block game (four steals and three blocks) in the 122-94 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
— Basketball Australia (@BasketballAus) October 31, 2021
Patty Mills continued his hot form for the Nets, putting on an exhilarating 21-point, two rebounds and three-assist performance in 23 minutes game time against Washington.
In the B-League, Nick Kay and the Shimane Susanoo Magic claimed a dominant 34-point victory over the Kyoto Hannaryz, 100-66. Kay contributed 13 points, five rebounds and five assists to the win.
— 島根スサノオマジック (@susanoo_m) October 27, 2021
WNBL: Preseason is officially underway as all clubs returned to training this week. New recruits and several imports have settled into their fresh colours as the countdown to December 2 begins.
Adelaide Lightning has stocked up on Seattle Storm talent, signing Kiana Williams for the upcoming season. Williams is set to reunite with WNBA teammate Steph Talbot and college teammate Alanna Smith who has also made her way back to Australia this week.
Boomer Dave Andersen announced his retirement after a 23-year playing career that spanned across the globe. A four-time Olympian, three-time EuroLeague and two-time NBL champion, Andersen will be celebrated as one of Australia’s greatest basketball exports.
The basketball community farewelled two all-time greats of the game this week. Al Ramsay OAM and Charles Bruce Flick both dedicated so much to Australian basketball and we’ll forever hold them in our hearts.