“This Kid Might Be Special”: Fans Shocked as Rookie Breaks NBA Record Previously Held by Luka Doncic and LaMelo Ball

Published 01/03/2022, 9:00 AM EST
Oct 4, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey (3) goes to the basket against Charlotte Hornets guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) during the second half at Paycom Center. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports


During the recent game against the Dallas Mavericks, Oklahoma City Thunder rookie guard Josh Giddey set a new record by becoming the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double. After completing all the protocols for NBA health and safety, Giddey returned with a great performance.

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Missing four matches this season, his return surprised everyone. Even though the team lost to the Mavericks, Giddey still earned a lot of attention. He broke the record that was set by Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball when he was 19 years and 140 days old.

 

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The new record is set by Josh Giddey, surpassing LaMelo Ball’s record

Giddey was often close to breaking the record, but on 2nd January this year, he took the chance and sealed the record for himself at the age of 19 years and 84 days. In total, he scored 17 points, provided 14 assists, and had 13 rebounds.

Although the Thunders lost by 95-86, it didn’t seem to be a bad game for Giddey. Fans praised Giddey on Twitter for his game and appreciated his efforts for the team and welcomed him back after the break.

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Only four basketball players have achieved a triple-double before entering their 20s. This includes Giddey, Ball, Markelle Fultz, and Luka Doncic.

Oct 27, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Malik Monk (11) dunks as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey (3) looks on during the first quarter at Paycom Center. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

While Giddey’s performance did not lead to Thunder’s victory, seeing the younger generation coming out with a performance like this always makes the audience more pumped for the game.

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On being asked what he thought of his performance in the game, Giddey replied:

“It’s cool. The individual stats are good. I’ll enjoy it for the night, but a win is always better than individual stats for me. If I had zero, zero, zero and we win I’m more happy than if I have a triple-double and [we] lose. It’s always been that way for me, always will be. But yeah, it’s a cool milestone.” 

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Giddey has been doing really well for the Thunders, averaging 10.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game. We’d love to hear your reaction to the record-breaking performance.

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Anshika Rai

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Anshika Rai is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Anshika has been following NBA for many years now.

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