Aussie Josh Giddey Named Rising Star, Oklahoma City Thunder
Josh Giddey has been named an NBA Rising Star in another honor for the prodigious Australian rookie.
Following his breakout season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Giddey was selected by NBA assistant coaches to participate in a Rising Stars mini-tournament during All-Star Weekend later this month at the alongside 23 other first- and second-year NBA players. .
Aussie Dyson Daniels, 18, was one of only four players selected to the G League Ignite, the NBA’s minor league affiliate development team.
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The 28 rising stars will be split into four teams of seven and will face off in a three-game mini-tournament on February 19 (AEDT).
The first teams to reach 50 points in games one and two will advance to game three, where the winner will be the first team to reach 25.
Giddey turned heads around the world with his breakout NBA season.
Selected with the sixth pick in last year’s draft, the young Australian was thrust onto the big stage from the start and quickly became a mainstay of the NBA’s youngest team.
In January, he broke the NBA record for the youngest player to score a triple-double.
He scored the most double-doubles of any Thunder rookie in history (11) and was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for November and December.
Daniels, meanwhile, has been designated as NBA material since joining the G League Ignite this season.
The Bendigo-born fullback has represented Australia at the FIBA Under-15 and Under-19 World Cups.
The pair join the elite company of Andrew Bogut, Kyrie Irving, Dante Exum, Matthew Dellavedova and Ben Simmons as the only Australians to be named Rising Stars.
LaMelo Ball, who played for the NBL’s Illawarra Hawks before signing with the Charlotte Hornets, was also named a rising star this year.