Australian rookie Josh Giddey has firmly placed himself as the best playmaker in the 2021 draft class and tonight he put his name alongside two iconic names in NBA history.
Giddey joined LeBron James and LaMelo Ball as the only teenagers to rack up 100 assists and 100 rebounds in their first 20 games, per StatHead.
When you expand the list to players who achieved the feat at aged 20, that list includes only Magic Johnson, Chris Paul and Lonzo Ball.
Giddey entered tonight’s game against the Jazz needing just three assists to bring up his 100th of the season, finding Jeremiah Robinson-Earl with this dime with 4:17 remaining in the first quarter.
At 19 years and 45 days, Giddey is also the second youngest player in NBA history to reach 100 assists, behind only LeBron James, who achieved the feat at 18 years, 333 days.
Entering tonight’s game, Giddey leads all rookies in assists with 5.7 per game, while sitting eighth in scoring at 10.3 points per game, third in rebounding at 7.3 per game, sixth in steals at 1.1 per game and fourth in blocks at 0.6 per game.
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