Aussie NBA phenomenon Josh Giddey gets RIPPED OFF as he’s snubbed by NBA All-Rookie team
Australian NBA phenom Josh Giddey gets ripped off when the NBA All-Rookie team snubbed him despite a record-setting season that saw him better than LeBron James, and he’s not happy about it.
- Giddey broke a record once held by LeBron James in his stellar rookie season
- The 19-year-old wowed fans with his triple-double streak before getting injured
- Aussie could only make the NBA All-Rookie Second Team for 2021-22
Josh Giddey had the best season an NBA rookie could hope for, playing so well he broke a record once held by Lakers megastar LeBron James, but it wasn’t good enough for the voters who selected the rookie team. of the league.
On Thursday, the 19-year-old failed to make the NBA first team and responded to the snub by posting a couple of laughing emojis on Twitter.
Scottie Barnes, Evan Mobley, Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green and Franz Wagner beat him out for the top honor despite having a huge historic debut at the top of basketball.
Giddey broke the record for the youngest NBA player to post a triple-double, a mark once held by LeBron James, while pulling off a landmark debut season.
At just 19 years old, the Melbourne-born point guard became the first rookie to record three consecutive triple-doubles since 1961.
The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard became the youngest NBA player to record a triple-double and the first rookie to post three consecutive triple-doubles since Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson accomplished the feat in 1961.
LeBron James once held the youngest triple-double record. He, Giddey and LaMelo Ball are now the only NBA players to amass 100 assists and 100 rebounds in their first 20 games.
Giddey also became the youngest player since James to score 500 points and record 200 assists and 200 rebounds in his first 45 league games.
The Melbourne-born sensation was on a hot streak before suffering a season-ending hip injury in February that James singled out for high praise.
‘He is very, very, very good. He has great pace of play, great vision,” James said.
“I’ve always liked pass-first guards who can see plays before they happen, and Josh is one of those kids who can definitely see the game a lot quicker than a lot of guys on the court.
He has three triple-doubles in a row. He is playing beautiful basketball.
But not beautiful enough for voters.
LeBron James couldn’t praise Giddey enough after seeing his star spin for the Oklahoma City Thunder, saying he was playing “beautiful basketball.”
Giddey (pictured at a youth basketball camp in Queensland this month) might have been Rookie of the Year had it not been for an injury that ended his season early.
Giddey was relegated to the rookie second team with Ayo Dosunmu, Chris Duarte, Bones Hyland, and Herbert Jones.
No doubt thanks to his injury layoff, Giddey didn’t register a single vote for Rookie of the Year, an award he might well have earned had he stayed on the court.
“It was disappointing…it sucks to watch, but we moved on and now I’m excited for the second year,” he said. fox sports.
The Thunder didn’t say Giddey was snubbed when they released a statement about his second-team selection, but instead chose to recount his incredible accomplishments.
“Giddey was the only rookie this season to record at least 650 points, 400 rebounds and 300 assists and is the fourth-fastest rookie in NBA history to reach those numbers, doing so in just 53 games,” the statement read. .
‘Giddey owns the four youngest triple-doubles in NBA history. His four triple-doubles tied Jason Kidd for the sixth-most triple-doubles by a rookie in NBA history.