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How many of the baker's dozen of Aussies who've played in the NBA can you name? Hint - three were Timberwolves.

While you think, a brief musical interlude:


Okay, of the 13 NBA players who came from a Land Down Under, three are naturalized Australians who were born elsewhere (one from New Zealand and two from the USA), which makes naming all of them even more difficult.

Here's the complete list:

David Anderson

Chris Anstey

Aron Baynes (Kiwi)

Andrew Bogut

Mark Bradkte

Andrew Gaze

Ricky Grace (American)

Shane Heal

Nathan Jawai

Luc Longley

Darnell Mee (American)

Patrick Mills

Luke Schenscher

The Wolves, of course, were Longley, Jawai, and the man who's next on our minutes-played list, Shane Heal.

Perhaps best known for tussling with Charles Barkley in 1996, Heal played for Australia on four Olympic squads, totaling more points and assists than any other player in the world thrice (1996, 2000 and 2004). One of the greatest players in the history of his country's NBL, he now coaches the Sydney Kings. His twitter profile says he loves beer and coffee, so he's quite alright in my book.

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The 6'0, 180 lb. guard could get hot from the three, but never consistently enough in the NBA to stick with the Wolves (43 games in 96-97) or the Spurs (6 games in 03-04). Here are some highlights from his time in MN:


And Heal lighting it up against the USA and Sir Charles:


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