Aussies In The NBA Recap: Bogut On The Money, Mills Making Shots
In the last update I told you that Bogut will be out for an indefinite amount of time, nothing has changed since then.
Bogut is still recovering from his ongoing ankle injury, this hasn’t stopped him from being named the highest paid Australian athlete of 2012.
The Business Review Weekly magazine released its Top 50 Australian Sports Earners of 2012.
Bogut came out on top with a healthy $13.5 million. Bogut out earned Formula 1 driver Mark Webber, golfer Adam Scott, MotoGP rider Casey Stoner and cricketer Michael Clarke.
Bogut has only played 13 games in 2012. The maths is pretty simple, Bogut has earned over $1 million dollars per game.
I certainly hope he plays more more games next year and makes his $14 million contract worthwhile for the Warriors.
Patty Mills may not be earning the money that Bogut is but he is certainly making his way up the NBA ranks.
Mills has had a great December thus far.
He has managed to get on the court in 6 out of the 7 games San Antonio has played. His minutes have become a lot more consistent and has been making the most it.
In San Antonio’s huge come from behind OT win over Memphis, Mills proved to be crucial for the Spurs.
He may have only played 9 minutes but in those 9 minutes he was a huge part of the initial comeback that led San Antonio to victory.
Mills was on the court at crucial times throughout the match and made crucial plays at those times. Mills had 7 points, including one 3 pointer, 1 assist and 1 steal.
Mills had a good game in a big win over Houston. He was solid in defense and was efficient on the offensive end.
Mills grabbed 3 rebounds, 1 steal and finished with 12 points, including two 3 pointers in almost 19 minutes.
In a high scoring battle against Charlotte Mills had a great game, showcasing his beyond the arc shooting prowess. Patty drained his most pointers of this season with 3 out of 5 going in.
He played just under 16 minutes, finishing with 13 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist.
Going up against Houston with out their star, James Harden, was a much closer battle than many thought it would be. The Spurs ended up winning 134-126 in OT.
Mills didn’t get much game time, only 2 minutes, as Gregg Popovich went with his stars down the stretch. He wasn’t able to register a stat in his 2 minutes.
Patty bounced back in the Spurs tough loss to Utah, which saw Mo Williams sink the game winner. In 6 minutes of game time, he shot 100% which included two 3 pointers. He finished with 8 points and pulled down 1 offensive rebound.
San Antonio had a surprise loss to Portland, which saw them record their first consecutive losses of the season.
Mills had another solid match and did his bit for San Antonio against his former team. He drained another 3 pointer and ended the match with 7 points and 1 rebound in 12 minutes on the court.
Mills has really been finding his range from 3 point point land.
In December, he has averaged 1.5 three pointers per game. This is allowing Popovich some flexibility in his rotations, knowing that when Green or Parker are off the floor he still has shooting options ready to come in and contribute.
Do you think Patty deserves more playing time? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
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