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149. Adelaide 36ers. player. Point Forward. Josh Giddey. 16. .

Moving into the second half of the first round, with the 16th pick in the draft, I have the Oklahoma City Thunder selecting NBL guard Josh Giddey.

Given that the Thunder selected James Bouknight with their sixth overall pick, some of you may think of this pick as being a bit perplexing. While Giddey played point guard and was used to running the offense for the Adelaide 36ers in the NBL, he did it as a 6'8" giant with a similar wingspan.

While he definitely isn't the most gifted athlete, his skill and finesse on both sides of the floor is quite amazing to watch. As an 18-year-old, in his one year in the NBL, Giddey averaged 10.9 points, 7.5 assists, and 7.4 rebounds per game. For the Thunder, this would more than likely be a steal at the 16th overall pick.

Given Giddey's size, he could still be on the floor together with both Gilgeous-Alexander and Bouknight playing as the team's playmaking small forward. While he will have to improve his jump shot, the other things that he brings to the table would make the pick very worth it for the Thunder. This would help to take some of the playmaking load off of Gilgeous-Alexander, who will be the team's starting point guard.