Who Is Josh Giddey? Australia’s Hottest NBA Prospect

He's as stylish as he is good on the court – which is to say, really bloody good.

Josh Giddey might only be 19 but he’s taken the basketball world by storm. The talented Melburnian, who joined the Oklahoma City Thunder as the sixth overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft, has quickly and definitely made his stamp on the sport.

So, who is Josh Giddey, what position does he play and how much does he earn? We’re about to answer all these questions and more.

Josh Giddey Quick Facts

Name: Joshua Giddey
Age: 19
DoB: 10 October 2002
Nationality: Australian
Height: 6ft 8in / 2.03m
Weight: 93kg
Net Worth: $1 million (estimated)
Instagram: @joshgiddey – 370k followers

Who is Josh Giddey?

Josh Giddey is an Australian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was born in Melbourne, Australia and grew up in the suburb of Yarraville. Josh Giddey showed incredible talent for basketball from a young age and he attended the NBA Global Academy in Canberra. At the same time, he was training for basketball in Canberra, he also attended UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra.

Before he turned 18, Josh Giddey racked up a few accolades, including helping the NBA Global Academy to win the Torneo Junior Ciutat de L’Hospitalet in Barcelona, where he also won the MVP award.

Josh Giddey Basketball Career

Adelaide 36ers

Josh Giddey’s professional basketball debut came with the Adelaide 36ers, an Australian basketball team that is part of the National Basketball League (NBL) in Australia. When he joined, he was placed into the league’s Next Stars program, which aims to find players talented enough to join the NBA in the USA. In doing so, Josh Giddey became the first Australian basketball player to be a part of the program.

During the 2020-21 season with the Adelaide 36ers, Josh Giddey was named NBL Rookie of the Year and became the youngest Australian basketball player to record a triple-double (scoring 10 or more points in 3 of the 5 scoring categories) in one game, as well as being the first Australian player to record a triple-double in consecutive games.

Josh Giddey was released at the end of the season to go into the official NBA draft. He left the Adeliade 36ers as the NBL Rookie of the Year.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Image: @joshgiddey

Josh Giddey declared himself for the 2021 NBA draft and was chosen as the sixth overall pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, on the same day he signed his contract with the team, he suffered an ankle injury when competing in the pre-season NBA Summer League competition.

Fortunately, he was still able to make his NBA debut on 20 October and in the following game on 27 October, Giddey recorded his first double-double in the NBA. In doing so, he became the third-youngest player to record at least 10 assists in a game, behind only LeBron James. In fact, LeBron has spoken highly of the Australian youngster, saying “he’s really, really, really good”, has “great vision” and “play[s] beautiful basketball”, Fox Sports reports.

Josh Giddey bested LeBron in January 2022, however, when he became the youngest ever NBA player to record a triple-double.

Josh Giddey Stats

Josh Giddey’s current playing statistics aren’t exactly several pages long, since he’s only been playing for a short period of time. However, considering his age and relative newness to the game, they make for impressive reading.

Josh Giddey has currently played an average of 31.5 minutes per game in all 54 games he has started and played in. He has an average of 6.4 assists per game, 12.5 points per game and a 0.419% field goal percentage.

Josh Giddey Salary & Net Worth

Josh Giddey signed a four-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder worth $27.2 million. His salary for his first season with the team is valued at $5.9 million. This is said to increase to $6.3 million for the 2022/23 season and $6.5 million for the 2023/24 season.

Information regarding Josh Giddey’s net worth is thin on the ground at the moment, but it is estimated to be anywhere between $1 million – $5 million.

How tall is Josh Giddey?

Josh Giddey stands at an impressive 6ft 8in tall (2.03m). Both his mother and father played professional basketball for the men’s and women’s Melbourne Tigers teams, respectively. Clearly, he was always destined for a career in basketball.

Josh Giddey Style

Josh Giddey is probably one of the best-dressed Australian athletes on the planet right now, full stop.

Josh Giddey’s core aesthetic. Spot the Hublot on his wrist and the Louis Vuitton travel bag, too. Also likes his cars. Images: @joshgiddey

Unlike some of his NBA colleagues – who have a constantly evolving, somewhat wacky approach to fashion – Josh has a pretty defined aesthetic, and it’s one that works really well for him.

He’s a fan of denim, regularly pairing black jeans with a contrasting trucker’s jacket, and paired with white or light-coloured sneakers (he’s a Nike athlete, so we’d say he’s got Air Force 1s and Dunks on tap). It’s a look that anyone who’s spent time around inner-city Sydney or Melbourne would be intimately familiar with – don’t call it a Canadian tuxedo, it’s a Fitzroy fit.

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It’s also a very versatile look that complements his height well and can be easily jazzed up with a cool accessory, such as a luxury timepiece. Giddey’s not been in the NBA for long but he’s already got a few: his favourite watch seems to be his Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph (not sure of the exact reference) but he’s also been spotted with what looks like an OMEGA Speedmaster.

And he huffed and he puffed and he blew the house down. Images: @joshgiddey

Speaking of luxury, Giddey has definitely discovered a passion for designer jackets. He’s recently shared photos where he’s rocking a Louis Vuitton x Human Made work jacket, and his most Instagram post shows him staying warm in a Dior puffer.

Actually, he seems to be a big fan of puffer jackets. Seeing as Oklahoma City gets pretty cold during the winter – and being smack dab in the middle of Tornado Alley, often gets hit with twisters, hailstorms and the like – having a few toasty puffers in your wardrobe is a smart move.

All in all, Giddey’s style doesn’t reinvent the wheel or anything, but he dresses consistently well and cuts a sharp figure. Indeed, the only thing that looks better than his wardrobe is his moves on the court. We’re keen to see his style continue to evolve… And for the young Aussie to keep dominating the NBA.’

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Who is Josh Giddey?

Josh Giddey is an Australian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA. He was selected by the Thunder with the sixth overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft. Giddey is the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double, having done so at 19 years, 84 days old. Giddey is also the youngest player to ever play for the Australian national basketball team (the Boomers) since Ben Simmons in 2013 and was the 2021 NBL Rookie of the Year.

How tall is Josh Giddey?

Josh Giddey is 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) and weighs 205 lb (93 kg).

Where is Josh Giddey from?

Josh Giddey is from Melbourne, Australia. Giddey previously played for the Adelaide 36ers before joining the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What position does Josh Giddey play?

Josh Giddey is a point guard/shooting guard.

What brands does Josh Giddey wear?

Josh Giddey wears Nike, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Fear of God Essentials, Supreme, Levi's, Hublot and OMEGA.

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