It is almost a year to the day when the Oklahoma City Thunder first took what, at least on the surface, appeared to be a gamble.
The same Josh Giddey whose weaknesses in one scouting report included ball handling, shot creation, assertiveness, outside shooting, on-ball defence and athleticism. That pre-draft graphic quickly became a meme, joking Giddey’s primary weakness was simply “basketball”.
Now all you can do is laugh. But it is important context in understanding just why Giddey’s selection with the sixth overall pick in last year’s draft left so many people shocked.
“I don’t think anyone predicted that,” Rahbar added.
“People thought maybe he [Presti] was go to draft [Jonathan] Kuminga or [James] Bouknight or trade up for [Scottie] Barnes or…