Australian NBA basketball star Josh Giddey wraps up preseason with Oklahoma City Thunder just ahead of first triple double

Australian basketball player Josh Giddey ended his first NBA preseason with another strong individual performance for the Thunder.

Aussie rookie Josh Giddey came close to heartbreaking the first triple-double of his NBA career in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s last preseason game.

Giddey finished the second of two games against the Denver Nuggets with 13 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to his name and conceded just three turnovers in 28 minutes of play.

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However, the 19-year-old’s mighty efforts weren’t enough to seal back-to-back wins for the Thunder, who lost 113-107 in overtime.

On four preseason hits, of which the Thunder won only one, Giddey averaged 13.5 points, seven rebounds and five assists. He also shot from the field with an accuracy of 52.3% and sank triples with a success rate of 40%.

Despite his recent success, Giddey believes he still has a long way to go before he reaches his potential at the NBA level.

“It’s tough as a youngster to get into the NBA,” he said after Game 3 of the preseason.

“With the athletes and the size that there are, it takes time. It won’t be perfect right away and I learned that.

The former Adelaide 36ers goalie will be hoping to take his current form in the Thunder’s regular season, which begins with an away game against the Utah Jazz on Thursday (AEDT).

Giddey will play in front of the local Oklahoma City crowd for the first time in the regular season when the Thunder meet the Philadelphia 76ers the following Monday (AEDT).

It remains to be seen whether Giddey will clash with fellow Aussie Ben Simmons, whose future with the Sixers remains uncertain.

Simmons hasn’t appeared in any of Philadelphia’s three previous preseason games and is expected to miss the team’s last game before the regular season begins.

The 25-year-old is under contract with the Sixers for four more seasons, but he is hoping for a trade with a rival team.

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