Most of us only got our mums cards or chocolate this Mother’s Day – but Australia’s rising basketball superstar Josh Giddey decided to do something a little more lavish.
The 20-year-old OKC Thunder guard, who’s back home in Melbourne right now, surprised his mum Kim with a brand-new, totally blacked-out BMW 3 Series car on Mother’s Day.
Giddey shared a photo of the gift to his Instagram Story, captioning the post “Happy Mother’s Day! I owe you the world” – which couldn’t be more true, because Josh owes his basketball genes to Kim and also his dad Warrick, who were both professional basketball players during their time.
Even Thunder head coach Mark Daignault once attributed Josh’s sharp basketball instincts to his family’s background in the sport.
Giddey seems to have a bit of a thing for BMWs: over in the United States, Giddey drives a BMW M8 Competition Coupé, the most powerful ‘M car’ ever made. Like the car he got for his mum, Giddey’s M8 is also blacked out.
Josh Giddey continues to make progress
After making the NBA All-Rookie first team in 2022, Giddey continued to make progress this season for the OKC Thunder.
The 6th pick of the 2021 NBA Draft enjoyed a noticeable bump in his production during the 2022-23 campaign as he put up 16.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game while helping Shai Gilgeous-Alexander carry the overachieving Thunder to a spot in the play-in tournament.
Most noticeably, however, Giddey showed significant progress in his shooting which was perceived to be his weakness as a rookie. But with the Thunder hiring shooting guru Chip Engelland last year, Giddey shot an impressive 48.2% from the floor this season as compared to just 41.9% during his rookie year.
Thunder are expected to do better next season
The 21-year-old Giddey is just one of the many youngsters on the Oklahoma City team roster, which was the youngest team in the NBA this past season with an average age of 23.14 years old.
The Thunder overachieved this season by winning 40 regular season games, despite playing without 2022 No. 2 pick Chet Holmgren the entire season. Fans may recall that Holmgren suffered a Lisfranc injury before the start of the 2022-23 campaign – a pretty nasty midfoot ligament tear that’s as serious as tearing your ACL.
But with Holmgren expected to return next season, Gilgeous-Alexander coming off an All-NBA First Team selection, and Giddey adding another year of experience under his belt, the Thunder are expected to do better next season.