NBA Draft 2021: Josh Giddey knows Warriors are ‘dream’ fit for him

Almost every lottery prospect would be thrilled to be selected by the Warriors in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft.

Playing alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green while being immersed in Golden State’s championship culture would be the ideal way to begin an NBA career. That’s even more true for Australia’s Josh Giddey, who sees the Warriors as the perfect spot for him due to their ball-movement offense and, of course, championship core.

“Playing with guys like Steph and Klay who are so good without the ball and moving without it, for a passer like myself I think it’s a dream world,” Giddey told KRON4’s Jason Dumas. “To be around those guys — the veterans — and to learn from two of the best guards of all-time would be such a bonus, and obviously Draymond is known for being a high-level leader and then under Steve Kerr’s coaching system there is just so many good things about the Warriors.”

On the flip side, Giddey could be exactly who the Warriors are looking for, especially with the No. 14 overall pick.

The 6-foot-8 playmaking guard can do a little bit of everything. At just 18 years old, Giddey averaged 11.4 points, 7.4 assists and 7.1 rebounds for the Adelaide 36ers of Australia’s NBL while winning the Rookie of the Year award.

Giddey won’t turn 19 until Oct. 10, but he doesn’t play like a teenager. He lets the game come to him and has an on-court wisdom and calm that belies his youth. His shot could use some work, but it isn’t broken beyond repair and the young Australian has been working tirelessly to improve that during the pre-draft process.

 

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The Warriors own the rights to the No. 7 and No. 14 picks in the first round, and reportedly are looking to shop one or both picks in an effort to upgrade the roster around Curry, Thompson and Green.

But if a deal doesn’t materialize, Giddey has the type of game that would fit in well alongside the championship trio and has high upside in Golden State’s system. His passing ability and high basketball IQ would make him a great option to run the second unit offense when Curry sits, and sliding him in alongside Curry and Thompson could allow the two sharpshooters to probe more off ball, an area where both torment defenses.

The Warriors will face a tough decision when they go on the clock on July 29. But if Giddey remains on the board when the Warriors make their second pick of the round, it might not take them long to turn in the card with his name on it.

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