LeBron’s high praise for Giddey NBA rise

Fraser Barton |

NBA legend LeBron James (picture) says Josh Giddey can see plays happen before they happen.
NBA legend LeBron James (picture) says Josh Giddey can see plays happen before they happen.

Australian NBA rookie sensation Josh Giddey has turned heads with his prominent rise in his debut NBA season, with even the ‘King’ LeBron James taking notice of the Melbourne-born product.

Giddey was part of NBA legend James Worthy’s side for the newly formatted Rising Stars game at the All-Star Weekend in Cleveland.

And ahead of the premiere All-Star game, James was asked about the Australian’s first few months in the league.

“He’s really, really, really good,” LeBron told reporters.

“He has a great pace about the game, great vision. I always love pass-first guards who can see plays happen before they happen.

“Josh is one of those kids who can definitely see the game a lot quicker than a lot of guys out on the floor.

“He’s been playing beautiful basketball.”

Giddey is the second youngest player in the league and recorded three straight triple doubles before the All-Star Break – the only other player since Oscar Robertson (1960-61) to do so in their first season in the NBA.

The 19-year-old is also the third, second and youngest player to record a triple double in the NBA with his four hauls this season.

On top of those accolades, Giddey’s been named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for every month of the season so far, averaging 12.4 points per game, 7.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists.

But LeBron says the real MVP of the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise is general manager Sam Presti, whom he says has the best eye for talent in the league.

“He’s (Presti) the MVP. I mean, Josh Giddey is great, but I dont understand this guy’s eye for talent,” LeBron said.

“He drafted KD (Kevin Durant), Russ (Russell Westbrook), Jeff Green, Serge Ibaka, Reggie Jackson, Josh Giddey, and the list goes on and on and on.

“This guy’s pretty damn good.”