Australian teen sensation Josh Giddey has once again wowed NBA fans with another “ridiculous” performance on the pitch during the Summer League.
Josh Giddey is back and he means it.
After missing the final quarter of the NBA season with a hip injury, the Aussie is back on the field and getting some playing time for Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Summer League.
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The Thunder is making waves during the off-season tournament and fans lost their minds at Chet Holmgren’s first appearance, number 2’s first appearance, alongside Giddey on Wednesday (AEST).
It was Giddey’s time to shine as OKC played the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday as the Thunder dominated to win 87-71 and claim another win.
Giddey became known for his all-court passing game during his rookie season and he was back at it, producing the form that made him the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple double.
The 19-year-old was handed a flyer against Memphis and had a hand in OKC’s first three baskets.
Giddey’s incredible passing skills were on display when he threw a lob pass to Lindy Waters III for an alleyway.
He threw an incoming pass with one hand to an Aleksej Pokuševski, who nailed the three-pointer.
But Giddey’s best highlight came when he unleashed another one-handed rocket from a pass over the outstretched hands of two Grizzlies players to find Waters III on the other side of the pitch.
Waters III missed the three-pointer, but it was clear that Giddey had lost none of his passing power.
He finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and two steals to pull in a triple double. against Memphis – an impressive feat, considering that Summer League games last only 40 minutes compared to NBA games that last 48 minutes.
Giddey dominated so much that some pundits wondered if he should even play in the Summer League instead of resting for the actual season, which kicks off in October.
NBA reporter Chris Fedor tweeted, “Why is Josh Giddey playing the summer league? He’s way too good for that environment.”
But it seems any court time is good court time for Giddey, who surprisingly was the youngest player on the field alongside OKC rookie Ousmane Dieng.
The seven-foot conscript Holmgren wouldn’t be interviewed alongside Giddey until after his debut, and the Aussie returned the favor after the win over the Grizzlies, dragging Holmgren along to be interviewed.
Asked about his sensational passing game, Giddey said: “It’s natural. I’ve always been a pass-first type of player.
“To play with guys like him (Holmgren), the rest of the guys we have make shots and make my job easy. I give them the ball, they make the shots and make sure I look good.
“It’s a pleasure to play with the guys we have on our team.”
Giddey was confident in attacking the hoop, saying he “lifted weights this offseason” to improve his inside game.
“I’m trying to get stronger,” he said.
“Being a bigger guard, I know I have to get over these smaller guards. It’s something I’ve been working on this off-season – finishing around the ring. †