27/05/2024

Josh Giddey became the youngest player to record a triple-double in NBA history. Photo: OKC Thunder

Australian phenom Josh Giddey has become the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double at the age of 19 years and 84 days.

Australian phenom Josh Giddey has become the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double at the age of 19 years and 84 days.

The second-youngest player in the NBA this season, Giddey has had an outstanding beginning to his career, starting every game for the rising Oklahoma City Thunder. Alongside superstar Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the OKC back court, Giddey is averaging 10.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists per contest as his side sits in 13th place in the West.

On Monday, Giddey put together a stat-line of 17 points, 13 rebounds, 14 assists and four steals in a nine-point loss to Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks.

He paced the Thunder in all four of those categories, with a plethora of teammates including Gilgeous-Alexander in COVID protocols. Giddey himself was in his first game back with the team having just cleared protocols.

In his 36 minutes of court time Giddey was a plus six, meaning in his 12 minutes of time off the floor his side was 15 points worse off.

He takes the record from fellow NBL Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball by 56 days, who achieved the feat coming off the bench for the Charlotte Hornets last season. Ball has gone on to be an All-Star smoky in his Sophomore season averaging 19.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 8.0 assists per contest.

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Coming into the league, Giddey had question marks on his athleticism and shooting ability. Scouts overlooked his sky-high basketball IQ and playmaking ability, with the teenager leading all rookies in assists per game and sitting firmly in the race for Rookie of the Year after 31 games.

Giddey wasn’t a part of the Boomers’ bronze medal-winning trip to Tokyo, instead taking the opportunity to make the most of his pre-draft process which resulted in the Thunder taking him with Pick 6 in the draft.

General Manager Sam Presti took the opportunity to pair Gilgeous-Alexander with a point guard that projects to become one of the best playmakers in the league.

The Australian star is on track to feature in the Rising Stars game in February, and will be in the race to follow Ball’s lead in winning the NBL and NBA rookies of the year awards in back-to-back seasons.

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