Sydney-born rising star Josh Green became the last Australian to join the NBA – and has reached a junior title contender
Green, a potential NFL player as a teenager, had joined the GWS Giants Academy but switched to basketball as his full-time sport when his family moved to the US
The shift has now paid off after the Dallas Mavericks picked the 20-year-old goalkeeper with the 18th pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday.
The former Arizona college star will bond with the Mavericks almost immediately, with the 2020-21 season kicking off on December 22
He is set to earn more than A $ 3 million in his first two NBA seasons.
The Dallas Phenomenon is led by Serbian Luca Doncic, who is only 21 and is already the competition’s best player.
Green’s new teammates participated in the qualifiers in the 2019-20 season that disrupted the Corona virus, but fell before one of the title favorites, the Los Angeles Clippers, in the first round
Green could also top his NBA move by making his debut with the Australian Boomers at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo
Meanwhile, NBL LaMelo basketball was imported by Charlotte Hornets with the third pick in a move that put the A-League in the spotlight
The ball chose to bypass the traditional American college track and play a professional season with Illawarra Hawks in Australia as part of NBL’s Next Stars program
The Hawks struggled to compete but the ball had moments, becoming the youngest player to score NBL Triple Double and the only player to do so in consecutive matches in 12 short high-profile matches By injury
The 19-year-old is the best pick to enter the NBA directly from NBL, beating former Australian center Chris Anste who was named No 18 in the 1997 Draft by Portland
Archery keeper Anthony Edwards deemed no 1 pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves, while James Wiseman came second to the Golden State Warriors
World News – AU – Former AFL Junior Academy Josh Green is drafted into the NBA