Projected NBA first-round draft decide Josh Giddey joins Michael Scotto on the most recent version of the HoopsHype podcast. The pair focus on Giddey’s time within the NBL, his scouting report, participant comparisons, the Olympics, and far more. For extra interviews with gamers, coaches and media members, make sure to subscribe to the HoopsHype podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and wherever else you hearken to podcasts. Hearken to the podcast above or take a look at some snippets of the dialog in a transcribed model beneath.

Giddey: It was a troublesome choice. It was one which I put quite a lot of thought into and I actually tossed and turned about whether or not to go professional or go the faculty route. Earlier on once I was within the tenth and eleventh grade, I used to be actually set on school. I took a go to to Colorado College. I used to be there on the official go to. After I acquired again, I used to be nearly 99 % locked in to go there, however then that’s once I acquired again and I actually began speaking to individuals and pondering onerous about it. I made a decision to remain right here and play professional, however I did go to varsity, I in all probability would’ve gone to Colorado. I in all probability would’ve taken a number of extra visits to in all probability Arizona and Baylor as nicely, but when I used to be going to commit wherever, it was in all probability going to be Colorado.

Giddey: I used to be all the time across the sport as a result of my dad was a coach with the Melbourne Tigers within the NBL. Ever since I used to be 2 or 3, I used to be all the time on the practices watching them. I used to observe quite a lot of their video games. Andrew Gaze was a giant idol for me. He was a famous person in Australia. I acquired to observe him once I was youthful. Simply the best way he was a tall level guard and the most effective to play in Australia. Now we have a very good relationship nonetheless to at the present time.

Giddey: When LaMelo first got here to Australia, I wasn’t actually positive what to anticipate. I’d solely seen him on all of the social media stuff. It’s a very bodily and hard league to play in. I believe he shocked everybody with how nicely he did. To see how nicely he’s translated from the NBL to the NBA offers me quite a lot of confidence transferring ahead to see that if he was capable of do it, that offers me the boldness I’m capable of do the identical issues.

Giddey: I didn’t have the identical hype coming into the league. They have been huge stars in highschool and the States. They carried a giant fan base with them once they came visiting right here. I used to be actually simply unknown till possibly a 12 months in the past from now. After I signed with the 36ers, no person knew what to anticipate as a result of I hadn’t performed in entrance of anyone for a very long time. I believe I’ve carried out a great job of exceeding expectations and enjoying at a stage I believe individuals actually didn’t see me enjoying at. It’s given me confidence transferring ahead. I did fly loads beneath the radar my complete junior profession and proper up till in all probability 12 months in the past. It’s form of how I’ve all the time been, the underdog. I by no means actually made state groups or any of the groups that I wished to attempt to make once I was a junior coming by means of these ranks. It added gas to the fireplace and acquired me to work tougher. Being somebody that’s been missed and gone by means of these onerous instances of not making the groups I’ve wished to has form of molded me into the participant I’m right this moment.

Giddey: I all the time play with quite a lot of confidence. I’ve quite a lot of confidence in myself. I had a very good offseason. That was the massive factor for me as a result of I used to be actually skinny once I first signed the contract with the 36ers. I knew it was one thing I needed to handle. I had a very good offseason the place I placed on a great 10-12 kilos and bulked up.

When our import level guard arrived, I got here off the bench for him. A couple of video games in, issues didn’t actually work out for him and he left. That’s when the doorways actually opened up for me. The coach form of handed the keys to me and mentioned that is your staff and also you’re going to be the purpose guard. Ever since that day, I believe I’ve taken the chance with each fingers and ran away with it.

Giddey: At the beginning, it was form of daunting as a result of I used to be 17 years previous once I acquired right here and was like I’m going to must boss 30-year-olds round and inform them what to do, the place to be, and what we’re going to run. We’ve acquired a man, Daniel Johnson, who’s a famous person on this league and a five-time membership MVP. He’s my huge, so I’m going to inform him what to do? At the beginning, it was do I actually need to do this? As I grew into my position on the staff, it was like that is what I’ve acquired to do. I believe I earned the respect of my teammates and coaches. Now, I’ve that sense the place I can speak to them freely they usually pay attention. If I inform them, not in a impolite means or something, but when I inform them to do one thing on the ground, they’ll pay attention they usually respect what I’ve to say.

Giddey: Donald Sloan was a giant one for me. I knew once they signed him that was the position he was going to play as a mentor for me. He did an superior job. He left fairly early on within the season, however the quick time we did have collectively was good as a result of he’s been the place I’m attempting to get to and he understands what it takes to get to that place. After coaching one time, I went to take a seat on my seat and take my footwear off and calm down and Sloan came visiting to me and he mentioned, “What are you doing?” He took me over to the again courtroom and we labored out for an hour and I used to be dripping sweat by the tip. It simply confirmed me what it was wish to be an expert and the work it’s important to do exterior of staff practices to get to the place you need to get to. We nonetheless keep in contact to at the present time. He had a huge impact on me within the quick time we have been collectively.

Giddey: Sure, we will.

If Adelaide will get eradicated from the playoffs, would you stick with the staff or possibly come to the US and begin getting ready for the draft? 

Giddey: I believe I’ll keep right here regardless if we come useless final or we’re first on the ladder. I believe I’ll be right here for the entire common season till that’s over and we’ve performed all our video games. For me, it’s about sticking with it. I’ve by no means been one to not need to play regardless if we’re shedding or successful.

Giddey: At the beginning of the 12 months, I used to be a giant fan of the mock drafts. I used to be by no means on them myself, however I used to like maintaining with the fellows that have been on them. To form of see myself on these mock drafts now could be fairly attention-grabbing as a result of not even six months in the past it was simply humorous to me as a result of I used to be loving studying the mock drafts and all of the stuff that acquired launched concerning the high prospects and it was by no means about me, it was all the time about different guys. Now, to see myself on there’s fairly cool. However each time I get requested about mocks, it actually means nothing to me as a result of it will possibly change so shortly.

Giddey: For me, the most important power for me might be my passing. I’ve liked doing it since I used to be little as a result of my dad all the time taught me a team-orientated type of basketball. I like getting guys open. It makes me completely satisfied to see another person completely satisfied.

I wouldn’t say it’s a weak spot, however my capturing was coming into the season. It was unhealthy early on within the 12 months. I believe I used to be three of 20-something. Then, I talked with my assistant coach and mentioned this was one thing we have to handle and work on. We acquired within the health club and ever since that day, I’ve actually flipped the change and began pulling down the three down fairly constantly. Certainly not am I carried out engaged on it. I’ve nonetheless acquired an extended strategy to go, in order that’s in all probability the most important factor I’m going to work on main as much as the draft.

Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers

Giddey: Proper now, in a non-cocky or conceited means, I’d in all probability say much like Ben Simmons. Not simply in the truth that we’re huge level guards, however the truth that we each love and our strongest asset is playmaking, passing the ball, getting guys appears, getting out in transition, and making stuff occur. I believe in a lightweight comparability, I’d put Ben because the man.

Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

Giddey: I’ve heard Luka Doncic or Joe Ingles. They’re the 2 different guys I’ve heard. There was some European man. I neglect his identify. It was him as nicely. They’re in all probability the three I’ve heard essentially the most.

The place do you assume you fall in between these three (together with Ben Simmons) by way of athleticism? 

Giddey: I believe coming into the season that was what individuals have been apprehensive about, however I believe I’ve proven all year long it’s not a flaw by any means for me. You’ll be able to’t train athleticism or explosiveness, however I believe it’s one thing I’ve labored on loads within the offseason and has paid off. My hips was once actually tight and I didn’t actually have the flexibility to blow up off the foot that I do now. I’m not a freak athlete by any means, however I’m not a Joe Ingles sort of athlete. I’m form of in that center part. I believe.

Giddey: I’m a reasonably chill and enjoyable man. I like hanging out with my buddies and enjoying Play Station. I’m a giant shoe collector truly. I like footwear and garments. I’m a basketball addict that’s all the time within the health club figuring out.

Giddey: I can undoubtedly let you know the hardest. The hardest for me was in Australia we’ve a nationwide event the place you signify your state, my state was Victoria, and I by no means made the state staff. My backside age 12 months of under-18 I assumed this was the 12 months, however I didn’t make it and that was in all probability the toughest factor for me to deal with as a result of I used to be so set on making that staff. One of the best second was in all probability enjoying for the Boomers within the qualifying video games towards New Zealand and Hong Kong once I was 17.

Giddey: On the time once I made the spot, I used to be a bit shocked as a result of it was actually on within the season once I was alright. I wasn’t something particular. Because the season’s gone on and I’ve gotten higher, I believe there’s a extra practical probability of me being on that staff. Clearly, Australia is a very deep basketball nation and a proficient group of gamers. I do assume I’ve an opportunity of creating that staff and enjoying on the Olympics has been a lifelong dream of mine. I’ve watched it yearly on TV. To signify my nation in Tokyo can be superior.

Giddey: At this level, I in all probability would go, however there’s a dialog I’ve acquired to have with my agent and stuff like that. I’d completely like to go to Tokyo.

Giddey: I believe it’s as a result of I make guys round me higher. I like getting guys appears and passing the ball. I’m unselfish. I put the staff forward of myself. I’m fairly versatile on the ground. I can in all probability guard a number of extra positions clearly being a bit larger.

Giddey: I believe the massive one for me, and I haven’t thought actually deeply into it but, however the huge factor for me might be getting that second contract. I believe everybody talks about that.

Giddey: A couple of mocks got here out and one has me at 9, one has me at 13 or 14 and one other one has me at 15. They’re all form of round that mid to late lottery form of vary. As I’ve mentioned, we’ve acquired quite a lot of season to play and if I simply preserve doing my factor I’m positive issues will fall into place with me.

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