Josh Giddey's Draft Scouting Report: Pro Comparison, Updated Thunder Roster

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 30, 2021

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 09: Josh Giddey of the 36ers shoots during the round 17 NBL match between Sydney Kings and Adelaide 36ers at Qudos Bank Arena, on May 09, 2021, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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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

PlayerJosh Giddey

Position: PG/SG


Pro Comparison: Ricky Rubio

Scouting ReportAn 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.


Thunder Active Roster and Average Salary (Expiration Year)

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


Free Agents

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.


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