Josh Giddey Scouting Report

Scouting Reports

One of the latest risers in the draft process due to his youth, basketball IQ, and elite playmaking ability, Josh Giddey has risen into top-20 territory as a prospect. As the 2021 Rookie of the Year  in the Australian NBL, Giddey averaged 10.8 PPG, 7.4 APG, 7.4 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 0.5 BPG, and 3.3 TOPG on shooting splits of 43/29/69. Below is his full scouting report:

Name: Josh Giddey

Height/Weight: 6’8/ 205

Wingspan/ standing reach: N/A

Hand size: N/A

Position: Point guard

Pre-Draft Team: Adelaide 36ers

Tools: Size, playmaking, basketball IQ, pick & roll prowess


  • Elite vision with great size
  • High starting point on jump shot
  • Strong P&R feel; uses screens very well offensively
  • Good cutter
  • Tight handle
  • Good rebounder


  • Needs to steady out his shooting base
  • Weak hips defensively and often isn’t in stance
  • Underwhelming athlete
  • Short arms
  • Must reduce turnovers
  • Might struggle to finish against NBA bigs


Josh Giddey is an elite playmaker with the ability to find any teammate at any spot on the court. Giddey possesses a strong basketball IQ and he moves well off-ball. Additionally, he has a tight handle and can navigate through defenses to get to his spot, despite lacking athleticism and not being a dominant slasher. The biggest swing-skill for Giddey at the next level is finishing against bigs. As a mostly below-the-rim finisher, Giddey relies heavily on scoop shots and fakes, and can struggle to finish against help defense by athletic and long rim protectors. While his jump shot is a concern, given his 29% shooting from deep, he has enough signs to improve in that regard. As a hard worker with an incredible basketball IQ, Giddey also has a shot that defenses have trouble blocking due to a quick and high starting point, with a relatively quick release. The major concern on his shot lies in his base, where his footwork can go awry with his set jump shot, particularly with his wide landing-base and somewhat off-balance set base. If Giddey can be elite with his strengths as a playmaker, overall high IQ player, and pick & roll prowess, he should be able to negate his weaknesses as a shooter, defender, and slasher.

Similar to: Tyrese Haliburton, Andre Miller

Projected draft range: 8-16

Expected role: Starting point guard that serves as a floor general.

Unplayable if: Lack of jump shooting, athleticism, and defense make him a difficult play in the modern NBA. If his basketball IQ can’t outweigh his lack of scoring, it becomes hard to justify him earning meaningful minutes.

Exceeds expectations if: Jump shooting eventually develops, and his scoop shot becomes a lethal enough weapon that he never dips below an average finisher at the rim.