Australian point guard Dante Exum was once of the mysteries of the 2014 NBA Draft.
Exum’s talent has been discussed at length, but his competition has often been questioned. Playing in Australia, Exum rarely saw NBA level talent. In fact, Exum himself didn’t even realize what kind of payer he could be until recently. He was cut from an under-16 team in his home of Melbourne, Australia, something he now jokingly calls his “Michael Jordan story.”
Exum burst on to the scene at the Nike Hoop Summit in 2013. He battled other elite NBA prospects like the number one overall pick of last month’s draft, current Cleveland Cavaliers and former Kansa Jayhawks’ swingman Andrew Wiggins. He begged to guard Wiggins, was allowed and did a very good job against him. Since then, his draft stock continued to rise until the Utah Jazz selected him with the fifth-overall pick just over two weeks ago.
On Saturday night, Exum made his NBA summer league debut in a 74-70 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Exum didn’t have huge numbers in his debut – he scored 10 points on four-of-10 shooting from the field, one-of-four shooting from beyond the arc and one-of-two shooting from the free throw line, to go along with three assists, three rebounds and just one turnover – but he showed off an array of skills and impressed everyone who tuned in. You can see the complete highlights from his American debut below.
Exum measured in at 6’6 and 196 lbs. with a wingspan of 6’9.5 at the NBA’s Scouting Combine. Exum is ranked by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express as the fifth-best prospect in the draft.