About once a week, former Chicago Bull Luc Longley gets on the phone with former teammate and current Warriors coach Steve Kerr to lobby for Kerr and Golden State to select a certain player in the upcoming 2021 NBA Draft: Josh Giddey.
Longley, who like Giddey is from Australia, has good reason to push for his fellow countryman.
Giddey is one of the more intriguing prospects slated to go in the latter portion of the lottery and could be an option for the Warriors with their 14th pick.
Only 18 years old, Giddey is one of the better distributors in the draft, finishing the season in Australia with a 7.5-to-3.3 assist-to-turnover ratio. He can pass with either hand and has excellent court vision, always making sure his head is up to find the open man.
He scored in double-digits in 18 of his 28 games last season, showing he has the correct tools in his arsenal. However, his role as a scorer could still use some refinement. His shooting mechanics aren't completely broken, but he is an inconsistent shooter -- something that would have to be addressed to help him reach his full potential. For a team that values shooting as much as the Warriors do, this could work against Giddey.
That being said, he's someone who could be plugged in as a primary ball-handler and distributor right away and help run Golden State's second unit. This would allow someone such as Jordan Poole to be more of a pure scorer, and worry less about facilitating.
On defense, he has good instincts but lacks the quickness, length and strength to have a true impact on that side of the ball.
While Giddey definitely needs development in parts of his game, he still is a player who could help the Warriors immediately in a specific area.
As a team that not only has their franchise player, but also two other stars, this actually makes Giddey an ideal fit. Rarely do rookies come in -- especially on a playoff-contending team -- and take over. The Warriors are looking to add someone to their bench who can help out, and Giddey fits that profile, while also being someone who could help down the line.
Josh Giddey profile
Position: Point guard
Birthdate: Oct. 10, 2002
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
2020-21 season averages: 10.2 points (42.5 percent FG, 29.3 percent 3-point, 69.1 percent FT, 7.4 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.1 steals.
NBA comps: Evan Turner (The Ringer), Joe Ingles (NBAdraft.net).
What they’re saying: “The Josh Giddey skills are a little rarer than what you see with other really, really talented players.He falls in this category that makes him different. He’s not Luka Doncic. But he has the potential to be a Luka Doncic type. When you look at Luka and what he’s been able to do with his size and running the point like he can, I think Josh has that similar potential.” -- National Basketball League great Andrew Gaze to Fox Sports Australia following his performance in Team Australia's Olympic exhibition games.