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‘Stars align’ for Josh Giddey to shine as the NBA’s leading rookie


“All the stars seem to agree in the program he has, where he is and how he can develop.

“It can be a bit of a honeymoon, but yes, there is a lot of fun on the honeymoon.”

Giddey told the OKC media this week that he was not interested in this year’s rookie after being the sixth pick in this year’s NBA Draft.

“I don’t really come up with any individual kind of goal to win this year’s rookie, to average those stats or whatever,” Giddey said.

“For me, it’s about building a winning culture here.”

The Thunder have brought together a young core who in pre-season have shown an ability to pass and create for each other, which is something teams with more established stars are struggling to do.

That style suits Giddey and Gaze is convinced that the young Australian, who was among the last cuts from the Boomers’ Olympic side in Tokyo, will continue to stay in a marathon season.

“After watching him grow up, he’s one of those players who always plays to their level,” Gaze said.

“When you see him on the Adelaide 36ers or with the Boomers and even as a junior when he played with older age groups – he never looked out of place and could always find a way to play and compete, so it’s not a huge surprise.

“He really loves the game. When he was younger, he raided his father’s video collection and came to training and talked about this game or the game I played in [years ago] – at the time, I was wondering if ‘Waz’ made him sit down and watch them, but it was just him and his love of the game’s strategies and skills.

“Because of that, he will be able to deal with the fatigue you go through across an 82-game season, there will be periods where it is tough, but with his mindset, approach and attitude, he is well equipped for to deal with it. “

Nets will be grateful to Mills

Olympic hero Patty Mills’ free agent move to the Brooklyn Nets this season has not started as he would have planned due to Irving’s ongoing absence.

But Gaze said the Nets would be even more grateful to have the Olympic bronze medalist on their list.

“Patty has a good perspective on the game and on life, but I think this would not surprise him a bit,” Gaze said.

“He would like Kyrie to be there to give them the best possible team to win a championship, but he understands that from time to time you want players who are injured or do not see eye to eye or can have views , which can be a distraction.

“I think the Nets would be so relieved to have someone with Patty’s character because Patty, not only from a basketball perspective but also from a moral and cultural perspective, is the kind of player you want when you have problems like this. “

Simmons has to play

Gaze believes it would serve both Simmons and the Sixers best if the Australian All-Star returned to the pitch and reminded potential teams of his talents, after being involved in a bitter battle with team management. He did not play in the 76ers’ final pre-season game on Saturday, but coach Doc Rivers said he would resume team training on Monday.

“I think for his own sake and the team’s, there would be an understanding that in order for both parties to get away with an amicable separation, it’s probably best served if he plays,” Gaze said.

“You have a better chance of getting to a destination he wants to go to and enabling the Sixers to get a return on their investment that they hope for. It’s in everyone’s interest to get together in the short term, but I think the prospect of him ending his career in Philadelphia is very distant. ”

Boomers to kick on

Gaze still revel in the emotions of Boomers’ long-awaited bronze medal victory, believing that those who followed the team at the Olympics will need people like Josh Green (Dallas Mavericks) and Matisse Thybulle (Philadelphia 76ers).

“I used to follow Josh a little bit because I knew he was Australian, but now you feel a greater sense of belonging to him and see his progress more closely than if he was not involved,” Gaze said.

“Same with the others, Matisse was a passing interest while watching Ben play with the Sixers, but after seeing him with the Boomers, he now becomes one of us and we are incredibly biased towards him, cheering on him and want him to do well because of the incredible joy that his efforts with others gave us in Tokyo. ”

When Australia’s NBA players begin their seasons

  • Patty Mills (Brooklyn vs. Milwaukee, October 20)
  • Ben Simmons / Matisse Thybulle (Philadelphia vs. New Orleans, October 21)
  • Dante Exum (Houston vs. Minnesota, October 21)
  • Jock Landale (San Antonio vs. Orlando, October 21)
  • Josh Giddey and Joe Ingles (Oklahoma City vs. Utah, October 21)
  • Josh Green (Dallas vs. Atlanta, October 22)
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