Aussie Report Cards: What grade did Ryan Broekhoff receive for the 2018-19 season?
The regular season has come to a close and final grades are in for the year.
Our NBA.com staff has broken down all of your favourite Australian NBA Players’ seasons and given them a letter grade to rate their performance in 2018-19.
We will be rolling out each player’s Aussie Report Card on a daily basis, continuing with the Dallas Mavericks Ryan Broekhoff today!
Season stats: 42 games, 10.8 minutes per game – 4.0 points (45.2% FG, 40.9% 3PT, 78.9% FT), 1.5 rebounds
It’s difficult to assess Broekhoff’s season, given his limited minutes, however what he showed when he was on the court, especially his shooting numbers give him a B- for his rookie campaign.
When the Dallas Mavericks signed Broekhoff in the off-season, their need for shooting from the wing appeared to be the perfect spot for him to make his mark.
However, Broekhoff was largely limited to garbage time early in the season as minutes proved hard to come by for the 28-year-old sharpshooter, but in 40 appearances for the Dallas Mavericks, he proved he belonged at the NBA level.
Following the blockbuster trade that was centred around Dennis Smith Jr going to the Knicks in exchange Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas’ roster was looking thin, giving the Aussie an opportunity to make his mark.
Midway through March, Broekhoff got his chance, with coach Rick Carlisle giving the Aussie a steady run of minutes off the bench, and he did not disappoint.
In those 11 games, Broekhoff has averaged 8.2 points per game and 3.1 rebounds on 55.3% from the field and a ridiculous 51.5% from the three-point line on 3.3 attempts per game.
Broekhoff showed how damaging he can be as a spot up shooter, curling off screens and hiding in the corner, but the Aussie also put in work on the defensive end, deflecting passes and rebounding the ball at a high level.
With the Mavs set for an interesting off-season, with plenty of cap space to chase free agents, Broekhoff’s solid play off the bench, coupled with his $1.4m team option could see him be a piece to hang on to as they look to rebuild the team around Porzingis and Luka Doncic.
Highlight of the season
Broekhoff recorded his carer-high in the Mavs; 126-91 blowout win over the Warriors at Oracle Arena, finishing with 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting, five rebounds and two assists.