Aussies in NBA: Jonah Bolden isn’t your average Summer League big man

Jonah Bolden’s definitely not your typical Summer League prospect, and he continues to show what he’s capable of in the Sixers’ 95-101 loss to the Spurs today.

Bolden finished today’s game against the San Antonio Spurs with 7 points (2/5 FG, 0/1 3P, 3/4 FT), 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal in 18 minutes.

The average Summer League big man would most certainly not be capable of something like this. Bolden kept pace easily with Murray in transition and stopped the fast break. He managed to lock the Spurs guard down 1-on-1, using his long hands to pick the ball off, and immediately threw the long outlet pass for a quick bucket.

The careless outlet pass at the end certainly wasn’t pretty, but the fake, drive and dish to the corner 3 was impressive. It’s a pretty polished move, not something you’d expect a rookie big man to be doing.

This left-handed pass was a little slow, but it’s a good spot from Bolden. Should he have driven deeper into the paint and drawn that defender away, the shooter would have been wide open.

Bolden’s proved himself to be a confident shooter and an energetic defender. His passing, whilst nowhere on the level of Ben Simmons, could be a valued asset for the Sixers down the road, when they decide to bring him into the NBA.

[Read: Here’s how Jonah Bolden could make the Philadelphia 76ers roster this coming season]

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It's all about Banner 18. And our Aussies in the NBA. And selfless passes. And hard cuts. And defense. Andddd this is where I stop before I get too carried away. Really, it's all about this beautiful sport we know and love as basketball.

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