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Sport 'Staggering': Exum cops brutal NBA axing

03:16  17 october  2021
03:16  17 october  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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DANTE Exum has officially copped his first NBA reality check. Picked at No.5 in the draft and with the huge expectations of being a superstar pick-up for the Utah Jazz, the Aussie teenager found the step up to American hoops difficult in his early attempts. Playing the NBA Summer League, a much weaker test The consensus among US media is that Exum certainly has the talent to succeed, with his speed most impressive - he will just need time to make the monumental adjustment from Australian schoolboy basketball to the NBA . “It’s been a big couple weeks for him,” Brad Jones, the Jazz assistant coach

Usually it starts to look like you're going to be a bust if you are drafted really high and have been in the NBA now for 4 years but you still aren't very good and you'll be 24 years old. I've said this before but he really has had such a unique trajectory into the league, coming from Australian High School basketball into the NBA has never been done, then add in 2 long injuries and he just hasnt had the chance to put it all together. The dude is already elite defensively.

Australian basketball star Dante Exum has been waived by the Houston Rockets after the club finalised its 15-man roster.

Exum, 26, looked to be handed an NBA lifeline when the former No.5 draft pick was signed to a non-guaranteed contract back in September.

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The former Cavalier and Jazz point guard had earned the brief contract following a stellar outing during the Olympics.

Exum has been plagued by injuries for much of his career having only played six games due to injury last season.

Dante Exum in action for the Houston Rockets © Getty Dante Exum in action for the Houston Rockets

He was fit in time for the Tokyo Games where he played a key role for the Boomers in their historic bronze medal run, averaging 9 points and 2.8 assists a game.

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'PAINFUL TO WATCH': NBA in disbelief over 'crazy' Ben Simmons fail. The move left Australian fans puzzled, given a visa issue had caused Heal to miss most of Chicago's training camp and she had seen limited playing time in just four games. Heal was averaging two points per game and 2.5 Her father Shane, a four-time Olympian, had two stints in the NBA , with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1996/97 and the San Antonio Spurs in 2003/04. Heal was the sole Australian selection at the WNBA draft with compatriot Tiana Mangakahia overlooked. Shyla Heal has been traded and waived out of the WNBA.

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The Australian's form after the Olympics led to many former stars, including Andrew Bogut, calling for the point guard to be picked up by an NBA team.

Basketball fans were quick to react to the news, with many left stunned at the decision.

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