Australian Prospect Josh Giddey Enters NBA Draft

It looks as though Australia is starting to gain some traction on the basketball map, as 18 year old Josh Giddey, from Melbourne, has officially declared for the NBA Draft. 
Five years after Australian Ben Simmons was selected 1st overall in the 2016 NBA Draft, and one year removed from having LaMelo Ball play his pre-NBA basketball, the island nation is once again looking to step into prominence as Giddey is expected to be a lottery pick. He is also looking to become the first international player taken in the 2021 NBA Draft. 

Giddey told ESPN the following about being prepared for the NBA: 

I know that playing in the NBL has more than prepared me for the next level, so I'm ready to take that jump and enter the 2021 NBA Draft. The 36ers have done a great job developing me, and have put a lot of work into my game over the entire time I've been here. My teammates and the coaching staff here in Adelaide have helped my game reach a new level, and that's only given me more confidence that this is the right decision for me.

Giddey has enjoyed a solid season in the NBL this year, as his all-around game has produced season averages of 10.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg & 7.1 apg - numbers that are similar to those of NBA Rookie of the Year front runner LaMelo Ball from his lone season in the NBL. While Giddey's shooting numbers (41.1% FG & 30.8% 3P) don't standout, neither did Ball's and he is doing just fine in the NBA. Most recently, Giddey became the youngest player in NBL history to record a triple-double, with 12 points, 10 rebounds & 10 assists. 
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