Just getting back to my comment about the Boomers having better names, I did mostly mean at club level. But the Aussie team is quite young, with all but Bogut, Andersen, Lisch and Martin under 30 and plenty of players who are 25 or under (Delly, Motum, Broekhoff, Bairstow). You only get limited opportunities to showcase yourself at international level, and with Bogut, injuries have limited his ability to do so.
When you look at this Boomers team and their experience in club basketball- it's extremely impressive.
- Between the Boomers starting 5 and 6th man, there’s 4 NBA championships, 4 Euroleague championships and hundreds of games of NBA playoffs experience.
- Australia’s entire starting 5 all averaged at least 15 minutes a game in the NBA last year, and 6th man Andersen was an all Star in France’s top league. Bogut started 66 NBA games, Delly started 14 and Patty started 3- and they were on the 3 top teams in the NBA last year!
Outside the top 6:
- Broekhoff played on the team that finished 3rd in last year’s Euroleague. In the final 3 games of the season- the deciding quarter final game, the losing semi final and the winning 3rd place game- he averaged 15 points in 36.5 minutes a game. Including 21 points in the 3rd place game.
- Motum averaged 10 points and 20 minutes a game in the Euroleague. Cameron Bairstow was on an NBA roster, getting court time in 18 games. Lisch won the NBL MVP for the 2nd time, in an ever improving NBL. Martin led the Wildcats to their 109th consecutive NBL playoffs appearance and 2nd title in 3 years, and Goulding led United to the minor premiership after a season in Spain’s top division the year before.
There’s definitely the talent there, and now things seem to be clicking as these guys play together on the international stage. Can they keep it up vs a disciplined team who has achieved sustained success in international competition over the past few years? That is the big question. Go Boomers :-)