Drafted sixth overall by the Thunder in 2021 and considered a long-term development prospect, Josh Gide Immediately imposing himself in the rotation of the team surprised observers. The rookie tank’s top passer with 6.4 assists and second rebounder with 7.8 catches per game, his versatility is his main asset. The Australian has already collected 4 triple doubles and became the youngest player in history to score a TD (19 years and 84 days). Unfortunately, the winger was unable to finish the regular season, ending up in the infirmary with a hip injury in late February. Studying, he spent the summer physically strengthening himself to endure the 82-game blowout:
The off-season was good, I worked on things that I needed to improve. Back to OKC now, the team is together, all the guys are ready to go back. My body feels good, I’m ready to go again. We have wonderful medical staff here and they take great care of all of us. They were great with me, focusing on what my body needed. Obviously taking care of that hip last year was important. I spend a lot of time in the weight room making sure that these little problems that happen throughout the year are avoided as much as possible. I can go through 82 matches when I am healthy. It’s a long season, so taking care of your body is a very important part of an NBA player’s life.
Two seasons into the rebuild, the Thunder thought about shifting into high gear with the draft. Chet Holmgren. But, a leg injury will force the rookie to watch his comrades from the sidelines. With less ambition, Josh Giddy simply hopes to do better than last year, when the Thunder didn’t surpass 24 wins.
The general goal is to be better than last year. I will definitely say the same next year, but we must improve gradually. It’s hard to go from a rebuilding team to a contending team in one year. I think being competitive every night is something we want to be proud of. There were nights last year when it was clear that teams were more experienced and talented than us. But I think this year if we can play with the mentality to compete with anybody and that will put us in the right direction for the future. I can’t wait to play this team, they are a hungry team.
A four-time Western Conference Rookie of the Month, the Australian was snobbish at recruitment though All rookie teams. Ditto for the title of Rookie of the Year, where Gide received little to no votes. is asked by Newscom Australia On his vindictive attitude, the Thunder player touched on:
Ultimately, I can’t decide who’s on this team, it just happens. The guys who made the All-Rookie First Team were all eligible. This is one of the top rookie tanks we got last year and there is talent everywhere. I don’t really think about it. In 20 years, no one will say “Josh was part of the first or second team”. So it’s not the end of the world for me.
During the offseason, Josh Gidde worked on his main flaw, his outside shooting. Spurs legendary shooting coach Chip Engelland Moved to Oklahoma this summer and was quick to take the Aussie under his wing.
Shooting is the most important thing for me this offseason. I spent a lot of time in the room taking shots. Obviously having Chip England here at Thunder suits me. She is fantastic. There are some difficult methods for interpreting the chip. He is actually a magician. He’s different from other coaches I’ve had who told me, “Shoot that way.” Chip is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. That’s what he’s been doing with San Antonio. When I found out he was coming from OKC, I knew he was someone I was going to spend a lot of time with. I look forward to continuing to work with him.