Australian Josh Giddey has created history by becoming the youngest player in the NBA to record a triple-double.
Josh Giddey surpassed NBL alumnus LaMelo Ball to become the youngest triple-double player in NBA history.
The Australian had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists against the Dallas Mavericks
Giddey’s Oklahoma City remains 13th in the Western Conference after losing to Dallas 95-86
The Oklahoma City point guard finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists in the Thunder’s 95-86 loss to Dallas at just 19 years and 84 days, eclipsing the mark set by LaMelo Ball last season.
Giddey is only the fourth teenager in league history to score a triple-double, and despite the loss, the Victorian outpointed Mavericks star playmaker Luke Doncic.
“It’s great, individual stats, but a win is always better than individual stats for me. I’ve said that if I’m zero-zero-zero and we win, I’m happier than if we have a triple-double and lose,” Giddey said. .
“Growth comes with experience and learning. I progressed more mentally than physically. I am learning every game and I am happy where I am.”
The achievement will be even sweeter as Giddey models her game on that of the Slovenian superstar.
Interim Thunder coach Mike Wilks praised Giddey’s performance and attitude after the game.
“I am happy for him and proud of him. He is a great worker, I can spend a lot of time with him and he is a sponge. Smart for a young player, but young, not even 20 yet, and he has a lot of room for growth and development. it gets better, “Wilks said.
“I just hope it continues to grow and develop.
“He got lost in the competition. We didn’t focus on the numbers, he was trying to make plays, he was focused on winning as a team, and I give him a lot of credit for doing that. Our guys did a good job finishing the plays which was. able to create.
“He was out there being aggressive, being Josh, and the numbers are just the result of that.”
Giddey’s passing has been a season-long highlight of his game for the Thunder, and his 14 assists equaled the NBA’s record for most dimes by a teenager alongside Zach LaVine and LeBron James.
James himself once held the record for the youngest player to record a triple-double, but had to wait until he was 20 years old.
Giddey has come close to hitting a triple-double multiple times this season and showed no negative effects on the return of the NBA’s COVID protocols.
The story part was Giddey’s last impressive performance in what has quickly become an excellent opening campaign for the former Adelaide 36er.
Currently fifth in most betting markets to pull out rookie of the year honors, he averages 10.8 points, 6.1 assists and 7.1 rebounds per game.