In Australia Basketball and Netball are moving from strength to strength. Currently there are 11 Australian players featuring on the NBA team rosters. The local Australian competition is also surging (the NBL) with television coverage and excellent Press. As well Netball’s national competition is available on both free-to-air and pay TV.
So what is the catalyst for such success? Australia has always fielded a fairly high level of competition for Basketball and over the last 15 years, Netball has certainly progressed with solid international success.
The answer is simple – improved facilities and playing surfaces over the last 20 years has seen many more youngsters taking up the games. Indoor facilities with Sprung Timber Sports Flooring to FIFa standards has kids playing at a standard not possible on old asphalt and concrete courts.
Successive Governments have allocated substantial funding to the creation of Community facilities, both as stand-alone stadiums, as well as excellent facilities incorporated into both new and existing Primary and Secondary Schools. In Victoria this has seen rapid acceleration of the facilities available through the development of the PPP scheme (Public Private Partnerships).
Nellakir are proud to have constructed the premium courts for the Victorian Netball State Centre in Parkville as well as the sports flooring at the State Basketball Centre in Wantirna. Add to this a significant number of new playing surfaces (all timber sports flooring) at Victorian Primary and Secondary Schools, it’s not hard to see why the sports are enjoying real success with our best players, our champions finding homes in the NBA.
Australian NBA Player Mathew Dellanova explains it quite well in this article from ESPN.
Delly predicts NBA golden era for Aussies
Matthew Dellavedova believes Australian basketball is on the cusp of a golden era with a record 11 players on NBA rosters this season.
With Victoria’s Mitch Creek signing a non-guaranteed deal with the Brooklyn Nets, a mammoth Australian contingent will feature in the upcoming NBA season – headlined by Philadelphia 76ers superstar Ben Simmons.
Former NBA Championship winner Dellavedova says the sky is the limit for his countrymen, with the season kicking off in October.
“It’s an awesome time to be an Australian involved in basketball over here because there are so many exciting players coming through,” Milwaukee Bucks guard Dellavedova told AAP.
“Obviously, Ben is the biggest name of them all but you’ve also got Jonah Bolden joining him at the Sixers, Thon (Maker) with me at Milwaukee and Dante (Exum) back healthy again.”
Point guard Simmons starred in his first season in the NBA, smashing a series of records while leading the 76ers to the Eastern Conference semi-finals and himself to Rookie of The Year award.
Having battled through injuries since the Utah Jazz drafted Exum with the fifth overall pick in 2014, the talented point guard recently agreed to a three-year, $US33-million contract extension.
While fellow Australian Aron Baynes recently signed a two-year, $US11-million deal to remain at the Boston Celtics, Dellavedova is particularly excited with Melbourne’s Ryan Broekhoff landing at the Dallas Mavericks from Europe.
“I’m really excited for Ryan Broekhoff to get his chance with Dallas,” Dellavedova said.
“He’s a guy that’s good enough to play in the NBA and has been for a number of years.”
Dellavedova attributed the NBA invasion to the Australian Institute of Sport’s basketball program.
“I think a big reason for it is the AIS; the Centre of Excellence is an unbelievable facility,” he said.
“A lot of us have come through there and I think that’s the foundation of my success and I would say a lot of other guys, too.”
Australians on NBA teams for the 2018/19 regular season are: Ben Simmons, Jonah Bolden (Philadelphia 76ers); Aron Baynes (Boston Celtics); Joe Ingles, Dante Exum (Utah Jazz); Matthew Dellavedova, Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks); Ryan Broekhoff (Dallas Mavericks); Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs); Mitch Creek (Brooklyn Nets); Deng Adel (Toronto Raptors).
Right now the next generation of skilled players, potentially champion players, are honing their skills on Courts right across Victoria, right across Australia.
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