The NBA season is set to return, with just 22 sides in contention for the 2019-20 championship under a revised ending due to the unprecedented events of this season.
For our Aussie stars, some have their playoff births locked in while a number of Boomers still remain a chance to snatch one of the final 16 off-season spots.
For the upcoming return of the NBA, many of our local favourites have major roles to play in its conclusion.
The Sixers star has enjoyed a stellar 2019-20 season in Philadelphia, averaging 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game, with the 76ers sitting pretty with a clinched playoff position at 6th in the East at 39-26.
For both the Sixers and Simmons the abrupt hiatus will give the squad some much needed time off, with Joel Embiid another injury riddled star that has struggled to run through long streaks with full minutes.
The shorter end to the season and advised playoff schedule could aid with limiting minutes to both Simmons and Embiid therefore potentially aid Philadelphia in the run for a Championship.
The Utah sharpshooter will hope to find the return as smooth as ever, with fellow Jazz two-way player Bojan Bogdanovic out for the remainder of the season with a wrist injury.
Bogdanovic’s absence will allow Ingles more minutes on the court as a starter under Quin Snyder and could just be the man to step up in the league’s pointy end.
Ingles has struggled to perform as strongly as his past, averaging below 10 points in almost 30 minutes per game.
Bogdanovic’s 33 minutes and 20+ points per game leaves a colossal hole for a role player to shine, with that player one Joe Ingles.
A name not too many would have been familiar with before the seasons start, but as we reach the second coming of the 2019-20 season, Matisse Thybulle is now a familiar face league wide.
Joining Simmons on the Sixers roster, Thybulle has transformed into a key role player under Brett Brown and at 23-years-old has proven to be one to keep an eye on in the future.
Philadelphia sit on a level record with 5th-placed Indiana, and just one step up the standings could rule out a first round matchup with the Celtics.
Not the strongest performing Boomer in the league by any means, but both Broekhoff’s position in the Mavericks system and Dallas’ threat on the rest of the Western Conference will both play key parts in their respective short term futures.
While only averaging the 4.2 points and 2.5 rebounds from his 17 gams for the season, Broekhoff’s role within the Dallas guard rotation will be underrated to allow support to star Luka Doncic and two-guard Tim Hardaway Jr.
For Broekhoff and the Mavericks, a strong return to the league will land them a spot in the off-season as one of the league’s most dangerous and under-appreciated rosters.
The first of several Aussie names to miss out on a playoffs campaign this season, but a short-lived season certainly didn’t derail the Boomer’s stocks.
The Suns remain in contention for a playoffs spot as they sit six games behind 8th seed Memphis.
The time is now for Baynes with it all on the line, the Suns centre and soon-to-be free agent could just land himself a rich deal with the lifeline he has been given with the restart.
The only thing that may hold 6′ 10″ tall Sun back from his potential riches could be any financial strains that run through some of the league’s smaller franchises.
Sitting in a similar position with Baynes, Mills and San Antonio have been given a chance to snatch one of the last two seeds in the West, sitting four games behind the Grizzlies.
Mills’ position within the Spurs system remains to be the perfect frame for role players across the league and with his name playing under Gregg Popovich, the franchise will remain a chance to land a spot in the off-season.
A luckless season for the Aussie, after being waived by the Sixers in February and remaining without a team to call home.
However, with the NBA likely to reopen a transaction window on June 22, Bolden could stand a chance find his second calling as a number of NBA sides prepare for the playoffs with on open spot on their roster.
The Nets, Jazz and Dallas have an open spot up for grabs and could find a position for 24-year-old.
Cleveland land the bottom seed in the East following the immediate conclusion of the season, meaning their chances at the top selection of the lottery could just fall their way.
A new arrival for the Cavs this season, Exum’s numbers under limited minutes showed great promise for the 5th pick in the 2014 draft.
For the Cleveland front office, Exum holds a vital position as one of many young guards who could lead the city back to the promise land.
The Australian cult hero has struggled to reach the heights his beloved Cavaliers did just two years ago, limited to 14.4 minutes and 3.1 points per game.
Another Aussie free agent, Delly could be heading for the exit with young promising guards in Colin Sexton, Darius Garland, Kevin Porter Jr., and Exum all commanding more minutes per game.
With the Cavs’ season now over, it may be difficult for the Boomer to hold his spot with the franchise following the league suspension.
An unfortunate fate for the Pistons this season as they look to re-enter a rebuild after losing the weight of Andre Drummond’s contract.
Drummond’s loss ensured Detroit’s pass out of playoffs contention, finishing with a 20-46 record at the NBA’s abrupt conclusion and landing 13th in the East.
Maker will enter free agency at seasons end and will have the time off to look into options from potential buyers.