Matthew Dellavedova and Aron Baynes in action for the Boomers. Picture: Adam Head
Matthew Dellavedova and Aron Baynes in action for the Boomers. Picture: Adam Head

Aussie NBA stars to bolster Boomers

AUSTRALIAN NBA star Matthew Dellavedova could follow Milwaukee Bucks countryman Thon Maker and play for the Boomers at next month's World Cup qualifiers in Japan and Philippines.

Bucks big man Maker has already put his hand up to don the green and gold in the June-July international window.

It is expected Olympian Dellavedova will follow suit, with the internationals providing the country Victorian an ideal launching pad to market his signature Peak shoes in the basketball-mad region.

Australia clinched a spot in the second round of World Cup qualification last February, beating Philippines and Chinese Taipei in Melbourne, to remain undefeated (4-0) after the first two international windows.

Boomers and Brisbane Bullets coach Andrej Lemanis will take an NBL All-Australian squad to China next month for three games against the Chinese national team.

The squad includes seven Gold Coast Commonwealth gold medal-winning Boomers.

Lemanis hopes to use the China series, the NBL's third tour in as many years, as a tune-up for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Boomers Chris Goulding, Jason Cadee, Cam Gliddon and Daniel Kickert will represent the NBL along with surprise packet, Melbourne United rookie Craig Moller.

The AFL code-hopper caught Lemanis' eye last season, playing a pivotal role off the bench for champions United.

"The tour also enables us to expose a few new players to international competition such as Craig Moller," Lemanis said.

"I'm excited to see how he performs after a breakout NBL season and I'm happy he's getting an opportunity to taste international basketball.

 

Three Aussies: Bucks’ head of physical therapy Adelaide-born Tim O'Leary with Thon Maker (left) and Matthew Dellavedova (right).
Three Aussies: Bucks’ head of physical therapy Adelaide-born Tim O'Leary with Thon Maker (left) and Matthew Dellavedova (right).

 

"History has proven that players playing in quality international games improve their individual games and this will not only help those who get selected for the June qualifying window but all players for the upcoming NBL season."

The games will be broadcast live on Fox Sports, starting in Jiyuan on June 8.

NBL ALL-AUSTRALIANS V CHINA

Game 1 June 8, Jiyuan

Game 2 June 10, Hengyang

Game 3 June 12, Beijing

NBL All-Australians: Angus Brandt (Perth), Cam Gliddon (Brisbane), Adam Gibson (Brisbane), Chris Goulding (Melbourne), Craig Moller (Melbourne), Jason Cadee (Brisbane), Tom Jervis (Brisbane), Brad Newley (Sydney), David Barlow (Melbourne), Jesse Wagstaff (Perth), Alex Loughton (Cairns), Daniel Kickert (Sydney)



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