Australian guard Josh Giddey has been drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the sixth overall pick of the NBA draft.
The 18-year-old Victorian won plenty of admirers with his rookie of the year season in the NBL with the Adelaide 36ers, where he led the lead in assists and held his own against older, grizzled veterans.
Giddey’s passing and poise are his strongest traits as is his ability to learn on the fly and adapt to his surroundings so his new side will be hoping he can give them some minutes this season while learning what is needed to become a full-time starting point guard in the NBA.
The 200-centimetre guard attended the draft, along with his parents Warrick and Kim who played in the NBL and WNBL respectively with the Melbourne Tigers, while Josh played his junior basketball with the Tigers’ junior club.
Warrick Giddey played 449 NBL games and won two championships alongside Andrew Gaze at the Tigers with Gaze coaching Josh Giddey for much of his junior career and working with him on his shooting after the past NBL season.
Giddey was one of the last cuts from the Australian Boomers for the Tokyo Olympics but he impressed teammates like Joe Ingles by staying with the team for its lead-up games in Las Vegas and played against Nigeria starring against a team filled with NBA players
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