Sydney’s Josh Green was grabbed by Dallas while NBL pathway star LaMelo Ball went pick three in the NBA draft

Sydney guard Josh Green’s future lies in Dallas while ex-Illawarra star LaMelo Ball will team up with Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets following a historic day for Australian basketball in the 2020 NBA draft.

In a big win for Australia as a proven breeding ground, Green’s journey from the Hills District in Sydney to the world’s best league is complete after the Mavericks selected him with the 18th pick.

The former GWS Giants AFL Academy player will team up with Dallas superstars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.

Green is the third Australian to play for Mavericks, alongside Chris Anstey and Ryan Broekhoff.

The 20-year-old is primed to excel in the NBA after an impressive freshman college season with the Arizona Wildcats where he averaged 12.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

The pick is in! What a special moment for @josh_green6 🙏 #CitiAAdvantage | #MFFL

The former King’s School student, who represented the NSW under 16 team at age 13, is considered one of the best young players in America.

Green becomes the highest-drafted Australian player since Ben Simmons (1st overall in 2016) and the seventh Australian to be drafted in the first round.

Meanwhile, Ball will go from the Hawks in the NBL to the Jordan-owned Hornets, who selected the guard with the third pick.

Former New Zealand Breakers guard RJ Hampton was selected by Milwaukee with the 24th pick but he will be traded to Denver.

With the 24th pick of the @NBADraft, the @Bucks select RJ Hampton (@RjHampton14)!

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