Dante Exum starred in NBA pre-season action
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5. Daniel de Silva (Roda JC)
The youngster played a great hand in Roda's 1-0 Eredivisie win over Excelsior, recording an assist as he played 88 minutes. The No.10 was a lively presence throughout and contributed to the breakthrough when, having run onto the ball down the left, he split two defenders as David Boysen made his way into the box. Boysen took a slight touch and then slammed it past the goalkeeper for what turned out to be the winning goal.
4. Brock Motum (Zalgiris)
Motum scored 19 points in Zalgiris's Euroleague opener against Panathinaikos but his team couldn't lift around him, going down 84-76 to the Greek outfit. Zalgiris were down by seven at half-time but pushed hard in the third quarter to lead by one going into the last, though they would be outplayed in that term. Motum contributed in almost every stint off the bench, shooting 6-10 from the field and pulling in five rebounds in his 22 minutes. A few days later Zalgiris defeated Dzukija 79-64 in a Lithuanian league clash, with Motum playing 11 minutes off the bench and recording five points and two rebounds.
3. Ryan Broekhoff (Lokomotiv Kuban)
Although Broekhoff didn't light it up this week he still contributed to his Russian team's 72-64 Eurocup win over Union Olimpija. Starting on the court and playing 24 minutes, Broekhoff went 2-5 from three-point territory and 2-3 from inside the arc. Crucially, the Boomers forward recorded four assists as he looked to make the unselfish extra pass.
2. Dante Exum (Utah Jazz)
Very few players look forward to pre-season basketball, but for a 21-year-old on his way back from an ACL injury it's an important step. Last week he scored 18 points in a 111-110 loss to the Phoenix Suns, with eight of his points coming from the free-throw line. In a 104-78 win over the Los Angeles Clippers played on Tuesday AEDT, the Aussie point guard played 32 minutes – a total he passed in only 10 of the 82 games he played in his 2014-15 rookie season – and again looked an assured figure on the court. Exum scored 15 points, going 4-9 from the floor (including two made three-pointers) and converting five of his six free-throw attempts as he got to the rim and used his body to draw fouls. The No.11 also recorded six assists and just one turnover, showing off his improved handle, and Exum continues to impress with his defence.
1. Craig Goodwin (Sparta Rotterdam)
He wasn't in the starting side for Sparta but Goodwin starred off the bench in a 2-2 draw with Eredivisie rivals Willem II. Trailing 1-0 when Goodwin entered the game with 33 minutes left, Sparta conceded again in the 65th minute. Only a few minutes later Goodwin made a dash for the far post after Finn Stokkers sent in a low cross beyond the goalkeeper, with the Aussie sliding it home to pull the deficit back to one goal. With full-time looming and Sparta still searching for the equalising goal, Goodwin cut the ball back from the left to find Thomas Verhaar on the edge of the box. Verhaar's left boot directed it into the top corner to make it 2-2 and the celebrations kicked off.
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