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Thursday Bolts: Gettin’ Giddey

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January 6, 2022

While I was litigating the Sengun situation earlier this week, the rest of the NBA world was starting to feel sanguine about Josh Giddey. The rookie’s triple-double got more attention than I expected it would, and the plaudits have been piling up in the days since. In case anyone still hadn’t taken notice, Giddey filled it up again in the Thunder’s 98-90 loss to the Wolves last night (14 points, 6 assists, 15 rebounds).

Today’s bolts are light on Sengun shade and heavy on Giddey love, accordingly.

Two drafts ago, #PokuBall was my dream. I wanted LaMelo and Aleksej to join Shai and make Oklahoma City truly funky, via unlikely draft machinations that would get the Thunder to the top of the draft in 2020. That wasn’t so far fetched after all, as Giddey was the next NBL-er up a year later. He hasn’t shown the promise as a shooter that Ball has, but his combination of size, skill, and smarts is about as tantalizing. It’s fitting that it was Ball’s triple-double record that Giddey recently broke.

Let’s hope Giddey’s sophomore season encore will be as encouraging as Ball’s. If last night’s follow-up performance to the triple-double is any sign, it will be.


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