“Too often, his hands are down, his stance is upright, and his feet are flat,” Harris wrote.
But when it came to Giddey’s strengths, a number of traits have only gotten better as the Aussie continues to hone his skills for the Thunder.
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Sporting News’ Kyle Irving described Giddey “as true of a floor general as they come” as well as “a savvy and flashy passer in the open floor.”
That analysis has certainly rung true as Giddey puts together plenty of highlight reel passes, zipping the ball to all ends of the court for his teammates to score.
His floor generalship was also on show for the Thunder’s play-in tournament win over the New Orleans Pelicans as he took the game by the horns and directed play with aplomb.
Vecenie also waxed lyrical about Giddey’s on-court vision.
“Also worth noting he [Giddey] has an utterly elite-level feel for the game,” Vecenie wrote.
“There isn’t another way to describe it. He thinks things through multiple steps ahead of the rest of the guys on the court.”
Given it’s just his second season in the NBA, there’s plenty of upside to the 20-year-old’s game.
Although he averages almost the same amount of rebounds and assists (7.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists in 2021 and 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 2022), it is the pointscoring department where Giddey has improved.
In his first season, Giddey averaged 12.5 points per game but in his second season, he is up to 16.6 points per game.
As he continues to gain experience with his young Thunder teammates against the rest of the league, expect Giddey to keep proving the draft analysts wrong.