Australian Josh Giddey’s ‘ridiculous’ achievement for Oklahoma City Thunder in Summer League


Josh Giddey is back and he’s serious.

After missing the final quarter of the NBA season with a hip injury, the Aussie is back on the court and getting playing time under his belt for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Summer League.

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Thunder make waves in off-season tournament and fans lost their minds at second draft pick Chet Holmgren’s first outing alongside Giddey Wednesday (AEST).

It was Giddey’s moment to shine when OKC took on the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday as the Thunder dominated to win 87-71 and pick up another win.

Giddey rose to fame for his all-court passing game during his rookie season and he was still there, producing the form that saw him become youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double.

The 19-year-old participated in a flyer against Memphis and was involved in OKC’s first three field goals.

Giddey’s incredible passing skills were on display as he tossed a lob pass to Lindy Waters III for an alley oop.

He threw a one-handed slingshot inbound pass 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 field.

Waters III missed the three-point shot, but it was clear that Giddey lost none of his passing prowess.

He finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and two steals to clinch a triple-double. against Memphis – an impressive feat considering Summer League games are only 40 minutes long compared to 48-minute NBA games.

Giddey was so dominant that some pundits wondered if he should even play in the Summer League instead of resting for the season proper, which starts in October.

NBA reporter Chris Fedor tweeted: “Why is Josh Giddey playing in the summer league? He’s way too good for this environment.

But it seems any time on the pitch is good for Giddey, who was surprisingly the youngest player on the pitch next to OKC rookie Ousmane Dieng.

Josh Giddey has done it again.Source: Supplied
Giddey and Chet Holmgren storm OKC.Source: Supplied

Seven-foot rookie Holmgren wouldn’t be interviewed alongside Giddey until after his debut, and the Aussie returned the favor following the win over the Grizzlies, dragging Holmgren with him to be interviewed.

Asked about his sensational passing game, Giddey said: “It just comes naturally. I’ve always been a go-first type of player.

“To play with guys like him (Holmgren), the rest of the guys we have, they throw and make it easy for me. I give them the ball, they make the shots and make me look good.

“It’s a joy to play with the guys we have in our squad.”

Giddey was confident attacking the hoop and said 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 be able to finish on those smaller guards. That’s something I’ve been working on this offseason – finishing around the ring.


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