Aussie NBA phenomenon Josh Giddey gets RIPPED OFF as he’s snubbed by NBA All-Rookie team despite record-breaking season that saw him higher LeBron James – and he is not glad about it
- Giddey beat a record once owned by LeBron James in his stellar rookie season
- The 19-year-old amazed fans along with his run of triple-doubles before being injured
- Aussie could only make the NBA’s second-string All-Rookie team for 2021-22
Josh Giddey had about one of the best season an NBA debutant could hope for, playing so well he broke a record once held by Lakers megastar LeBron James – nevertheless it wasn’t adequate for the voters who chosen the league’s all-rookie team.
On Thursday the 19-year-old didn’t make the NBA’s first-string side and responded to the snub by posting a pair of laughing emojis on Twitter.
He was beaten out for the highest honour by Scottie Barnes, Evan Mobley, Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green and Franz Wagner despite having a historically great debut at the top of basketball.
Giddey broke the record for youngest NBA player to attain a triple-double – a mark once held by LeBron James – as he reeled off a historically great debut season
At just 19 the Melbourne-born point guard became the primary rookie to record three straight triple-doubles since 1961
The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard became the youngest NBA player to record a triple-double, and the primary rookie to notch three straight triple-doubles since Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson achieved the feat in 1961.
LeBron James once held the youngest triple double record. He, Giddey and LaMelo Ball are actually the one NBA players to rack up 100 assists and 100 rebounds of their first 20 games.
Giddey also became the youngest player since James to attain 500 points and record 200 assists and 200 rebounds in his first 45 games within the league.
The Melbourne-born sensation was on such an excellent run prior to picking up a season-ending hip injury in February that James singled him out for some very high praise.
‘He’s really, really, really good. He has an excellent pace concerning the game, great vision,’ James said.
‘I’ve all the time loved pass-first guards who can see plays occur before they occur, and Josh is one in all those kids who can definitely see the sport lots quicker than quite a lot of guys out on the ground.
‘He’s got three straight triple-doubles. He’s playing beautiful basketball.’
But not beautiful enough for the voters.
LeBron James couldn’t praise Giddey enough after seeing his star turns for the Oklahoma City Thunder, saying he was playing ‘beautiful basketball’
Giddey (pictured at a youth basketball camp in Queensland this month) could have taken out the Rookie of the Yr title if it wasn’t for an injury that ended his season early
Giddey was relegated to the second all-rookie team with Ayo Dosunmu, Chris Duarte, Bones Hyland and Herbert Jones.
Little doubt because of his injury layoff, Giddey didn’t record a single vote for Rookie of the Yr – an award he could well have taken out if he’d stayed on the court.
‘It was disappointing … it did suck to see but we moved forward and now I’m excited for yr number two,’ he told Fox Sports.
The Thunder didn’t say Giddey was snubbed after they put out an announcement about him being chosen for the second team, deciding to reel off his incredible achievements as a substitute.
‘Giddey was the one rookie this season to register not less than 650 points, 400 rebounds and 300 assists and is the fourth-fastest rookie in NBA history to succeed in those numbers, doing so in just 53 games,’ the statement read.
‘Giddey owns the top-four youngest triple-doubles in NBA history. His 4 triple-doubles tied Jason Kidd for the sixth-most triple-doubles by a rookie in NBA history.’