The 2021 NBA draft will take place Thursday, July 29 with the Detroit Pistons holding the No. 1 pick. The Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic round out the top five selections.
We take a look at some of the prospects available in this draft, gauge their strengths, weaknesses, NBA comparisons and best landing spot within the player’s projected draft range. Here’s a breakdown for Australia forward Josh Giddey.
Giddey is a great playmaker, racking up 7.5 assists per game in Australia’s NBL. He also took Rookie of the Year honors for the league. Given LaMelo Ball’s rookie season, Giddey is someone to watch. He’s a solid rebounder for his age and frame, but passing is his best skill. The development curve is excellent, with Giddey turning 19 in December.
He is not a three-point shooter currently and will struggle to defend more athletic players until he adds muscle. Giddey doesn’t fly off the page with his speed, but he can change pace well.
His passing is reminiscent of Manu Ginobili, though the Argentine was a far better shooter than Giddey entering the league. He also has Joe Ingles’ body type and skillset, but lacks the outside shot the Jazz forward possesses.
Best Landing Spot
Giddey is projected to be a lottery pick due to his upside and Ball’s Rookie of the Year campaign will give teams more reason to select the NBL product. The San Antonio Spurs have the right system to develop a player like Giddey, but the Golden State Warriors wouldn’t be a bad spot either. If he falls out of the lottery, the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks could be in play.