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Josh Giddey’s score rise is making waves in the US media.
The Australian continued his good form with a 20-point performance in the OKC Thunder’s win over the Washington Wizards on Saturday (all time AEDT), marking a fifth game in his last seven he has scored 20 or more points
Before this current run, he had only played three games this season with 20+ points.
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He’s been bolstered by Giddey’s improved shooting from downtown, where he’s now shooting 34.9 percent on the season, including 45.8 percent (1.5-3.4) from their last seven competitions.
34.9 percent is higher than Jayson Tatum, LeBron James, Jaylen Brown, Pascal Siakam, Kristaps Porzingis, Jalen Green, Terry Rozier, Jordan Poole, Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby this season.
His three-point shooting was a big focus in his sophomore campaign after shooting 26.3 percent from beyond the arc as a freshman and working closely with the renowned shooting coach of the NBA, Chip Engelland, during the offseason.
How Thunder beat the writer Clement Almanza highlightedGiddey is shooting 45.1 percent from three on 3.4 attempts in 15 games dating back to Dec. 1.
“Good things don’t happen overnight. These things take time, and usually when you change something you’ve done for years and years, there’s going to be some steps back before there are steps forward,” Giddey told the media at the time.
“So I trust Chip. He’s the best in the business at what he does. Trust is unwavering, you know: being selective, taking the right shots, but whether they’re this year, next year or whatever , just trusting what he has in place because he’s done it for so long. His memory speaks for itself.”
Speaking after the win over Washington, Giddey said it’s “good to see improvement” in his three-point shooting, but “it’s still a long way from where I want to be.”
It’s important to note that while Giddey hasn’t officially arrived as a three-point shooter yet, he’s making strides and has improved significantly since his rookie season.
Extrapolate that trend to the rest of the 20-year-old’s career, which is just 88 contests, and it has scary potential considering how well-rounded the rest of his game is.
His recent hyper-efficiency of 45.1 percent three-point shooting is also likely to see some regression as well, but looking at the big picture, Giddey’s ability to continue to hone his craft will be critical to his long-term prospects .
Forbes’ Nick Crain looked into exactly where Giddey has found ways to improve his outside shot.
“Just 20.3 percent of his points are coming from deep, which is one of the lowest on the team, and his 3-point frequency is just 22.1 percent this season. That’s down from 31.8 per percent last season, which means he’s letting the shots come to him,” Crain’s wrote in forbes.com earlier this week.
“To further quantify that, 93.9 percent of his made 3-pointers this season have been assisted, so he’s really picking his spots and taking rhythm shots instead of forcing looks.
“Giddey is shooting 40 percent from deep on unguarded catch-and-shoot looks, which leads to optimism about the overall mechanics. Even when he’s more protected, he’s converting 36.7 percent of his catch-and-shoot attempts. Simply put, Giddey is hitting good 3-pointers and allowing others to set him up for success. He’s shooting 38.8 percent on 3-pointers where he doesn’t he dribbles.”
However, Crain’s noted that Giddey still has room to grow as a creator on the perimeter: He’s currently shooting 23.5 percent on three-pointers against the rebound and 22.2 percent from deep as a handler. pick-and-roll balls.
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“In any case, Giddey is generating 1,098 points per possession on his 3-point attempts and has been much improved from the pass this season. While he likely won’t continue the efficiency we’ve seen since early December, he’s promising for its long-term prospects,” Crain added.
“If Giddey can maintain the 34 percent mark he’s currently at from deep the rest of the season, the upside as an offensive prospect will be off the charts.”
Giddey has also improved as a free throw shooter in a long-term uptick with his outside shot, jumping to 90.9 percent since the start of December.
Again, this number is likely to go back, but these are flashes and promising signs for the future.
Shooting aside, Giddey is doing a better job of being aggressive and attacking the rim, getting better shots.
After all, he’s a 6-foot-8 guard, so it makes sense that he puts more emphasis on getting into the paint.
“He’s doing a much better job of using his body to come all the way down, attack the defense and attack the goal as a way to protect himself and help him finish at the rim,” noted Locked On Thunder’s Rylan Stiles .
Basketballnews.com’s Nekias Duncan detailed Giddey’s units per game are down (11.3) compared to his rookie season (11.9). But he’s attacking the rim with more purpose, attempting 5.6 shots from the ball this season compared to 4.6 last campaign.
He also ran on 49.7% of his drives last season, which is down to 38.5% this campaign.
“First, the handle is a bit tighter, though you still wouldn’t mistake it for an And-1 legend. Early nail help doesn’t frustrate him as easily as it did last season, which has allowed some of those early ejections or strips turn into deeper drives,” Duncan wrote.
“Beyond that, the added strength, and the way he channels it, has led to more fruitful attacks. Although Giddey is a tall ball handler, he almost always tries to gain ground lower to his defender. If he is able to get a touch of leverage, often uses his shoulder to create space inside.. Giddey is trying to win on drives.”
Giddey even talked about this change in his game after the win over the Wizards.
“I struggled a little bit early to adjust to how teams adjust (to protect me),” he admitted.
“I just emphasize getting down and to the front of the rim and using my size a little bit more.
“I used to shoot a lot of floaters, but now trying to get down to the rim … trying to get good reads, being physical and getting into (opponents’) bodies. I’m trying to draw fouls, that’s something I’ve got to get better at.
“I just try to make the right read, whether it’s going down, taking the right shots or making the right pass, doing what the team needs.”
It means Giddey’s assist numbers have dropped from 6.4 per game as a rookie to 5.4 this season, but he’s become a more efficient overall player to improve the team’s offense.
Along with 5.4 assists, Giddey is averaging 15.4 points per game (47 percent shooting from the field and 78 percent from the line), 1.1 3-pointers and 7.9 rebounds per game. season in 30.8 minutes, down from 31.5 minutes last campaign. .
Giddey’s teammates and coach Mark Daigneault have also had plenty of praise for him, including Jalen Williams noting the Australian looks more comfortable on the court.
“He’s also shooting really well from the 3, not to knock him. He just seems a lot more comfortable in our rotations and I think we finally figured out where everybody is going to be,” Williams said, per Almanza.
Daigneault said Giddey was “softening up his game” and “has a good combination with him right now.”
Meanwhile, superstar Shai Gilgeous-Alexander said Josh is “fun to play with” because of his ability to consistently find open teammates and make the right play.
Despite all the promising signs, The Athletic’s John Hollinger wants to see more from Giddey.
While acknowledging his improved shooting numbers and elite rebounding and passing, Hollinger noted that the youngster still struggles to draw fouls (averaging 1.5 free throw attempts per game), as he speak Giddey himself, and he has many ways to go to the defense.
“Giddey continues to be limited by the fact that he doesn’t foul and nobody is afraid of his shot, at least not yet, and he still doesn’t contribute much to the defensive table. Giddey also needs to dominate the ball to be effective, which isn’t always great when pushing Shai Gilgeous-Alexander off the ball,” Hollinger wrote in theathletic.com.
“He is already a good player, and he is 20 years old, so let’s not be too pessimistic. But as with the rest of this class, there was no capital B break.”
Giddey’s game clearly has room to grow and elements that need to be ironed out, but the former Pick 6 remains one of the most promising players in the league.
Perhaps most importantly, you constantly hear genuine drive and motivation when he talks about his efforts to continually improve and become a true star.
Development is the key here, and the people of America realize this progress.
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