Australian point guard Josh Giddey, who most recently played for the NBL's Adelaide 36ers, was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft Thursday at Barclays Center in New York City.
Bleacher Report Draft Expert Jonathan Wasserman's Scouting Report
Player: Josh Giddey
Pro Comparison: Ricky Rubio
Scouting Report: An elite passer with 6'8" size, Giddey has an easy time facilitating offense and setting up teammates. He isn't the most explosive, but he gets to his spots and knows how to use his height and vision for playmaking.
Kemba Walker, PG: $35.2M (2024)
Josh Giddey, PG/SG: $5M (projected first-year salary, per RealGM)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG: $4.2M (2022)
Gabriel Deck, F: $3.7M (2024)
Aleksej Pokusevski, PF: $3M (2024)
Tre Mann, PG/SG: $2.4M (projected first-year salary, per RealGM)
Darius Bazley, SF: $2.4M (2023)
Ty Jerome, PG: $2.3M (2023)
Theo Maledon, PG: $2M (2024)
Kenrich Williams, SF: $2M (2023)
Isaiah Roby, SF: $1.6M (2023)
Luguentz Dort, SG: $1.3M (2023)
Charlie Brown Jr., SG: $860K (2022)
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, F: No. 32 overall pick
Aaron Wiggins, G: No. 55 overall pick
Tony Bradley, C: RFA
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, SG: RFA
Deonte Burton, SF: UFA
Jaylen Hoard, F: RFA
Josh Hall, SF: RFA
Giddey, who fits the emerging mold of taller ball-handlers at 6'8", averaged 10.9 points, 7.6 assists, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals across 28 games during the 2020-21 season.
The 18-year-old guard's work after joining the Thunder will begin with improving his offensive efficiency. He shot just 43 percent from the field, including 28 percent on threes, for the 36ers.
He's likely a couple years away from making a high-end NBA impact, but his long-term potential is intriguing.
Giddey joins a Thunder team that later added Florida guard Tre Mann at No. 18 overall, Villanova big man Jeremiah Robinson-Earl at No. 32 and Maryland guard Aaron Wiggins at No. 55.