It is not easy playing basketball in Australia. It feels a whole different world away.
It does not have the accessibility of the D-League. It does not have the notoriety or prestige of playing in Europe. It does not even have the commercial capabilities of playing in China. It is basketball nowhere.
James Ennis had a golden ticket, having been drafted 50th overall and traded to the Heat. He played exceptionally well at Summer League. Miami though had championship aspirations and no roster space for another wing player to develop. They wanted him to go to the D-League according to reports, but he wanted to make more. So he played in Australia.
There he created highlights like this:
For the Perth Wildcats, Ennis put up YouTube highlights and averaged 22.3 points and 7.3 assists per game. The time in Australia helped him flourish individually. As he returned to the U.S. to play for the Heat, it was clear he had improved greatly.
During the Heat’s Summer League run, Ennis averaged 15.5...