Josh Giddey Rumors
Octagon Basketball has signed Australian-native Josh Giddey to their client roster. Giddey will be joining Mckinley Wright, Jordan Schakel, and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl who signed earlier this month.
2. Josh Giddey (Adelaide 36ers): “He has great size and excellent court vision,” an NBAexecutive told HoopsHype. “He sees the floor so well, and he’s probably too unselfish at times. His shooting will need a lot of work. He needs to become a consistent threat from three and he needs to improve at the line, but he’s playing in a tough league at a young age and he’s having success.”
Who would you compare your game to right now and projecting long-term? Josh Giddey: Right now, in a non-cocky or arrogant way, I’d probably say similar to Ben Simmons. Not just in the fact that we’re big point guards, but the fact that we both love and our strongest asset is playmaking, passing the ball, getting guys looks, getting out in transition, and making stuff happen. I think in a light comparison, I’d put Ben as the guy.
Do you feel like you’ve gotten similar buzz to what LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton got playing in the NBL Next Stars program, or is there maybe an underrated aspect, and maybe people don’t know you as well as they should? Josh Giddey: I didn’t have the same hype coming into the league. They were big stars in high school and the States. They carried a big fan base with them when they came over here. I was really just unknown until maybe a year ago from now. When I signed with the 36ers, nobody knew what to expect because I hadn’t played in front of anybody for a long time. I think I’ve done a good job of exceeding expectations and playing at a level I think people really didn’t see me playing at. It’s given me confidence moving forward. I did fly a lot under the radar my whole junior career and right up until probably 12 months ago. It’s kind of how I’ve always been, the underdog. I never really made state teams or any of the teams that I wanted to try to make when I was a junior coming through those ranks. It added fuel to the fire and got me to work harder.
Would you play in the Olympics or prepare for your rookie NBA season? Josh Giddey: At this point, I probably would go, but there’s a conversation I’ve got to have with my agent and stuff like that. I’d absolutely love to go to Tokyo.