While the NBA as a whole has transitioned to "positionless" players, big point guards are nothing new for the league (Hello, Magic Johnson!). But both Josh Giddey and LaMelo Ball are helping to usher in a new era for the position.

Giddey and Ball both entered the NBA following the same path and the two will be inextricably linked throughout their careers because their skill sets are so similar. The duo is set to be at the forefront of the modern point guards in the NBA for the foreseeable future.

Both players came into the league via Australia's NBL Next Stars program, each winning the league's Rookie of the Year award and were subsequently taken in the lottery of their NBA Drafts.

Ball is on the verge of his first All-Star selection this season, while Giddey has been handed the keys to the Thunder's offense, praised for his poise and composure.

Let's take a look at how the two stack up against each other and where each of their trajectories will take them.

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LaMelo Ball and Josh Giddey are the NBA's jumbo-sized points guards of the future

LaMelo Ball and Josh Giddey both entered the NBA following the same path and the two will be inextricably linked because their skill sets are so similar. The duo is set to be at the forefront of modern-day point guards in the NBA for the foreseeable future.

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While the NBA as a whole has transitioned to "positionless" players, big point guards are nothing new for the league (Hello, Magic Johnson!). But both Josh Giddey and LaMelo Ball are helping to usher in a new era for the position.

Giddey and Ball both entered the NBA following the same path and the two will be inextricably linked throughout their careers because their skill sets are so similar. The duo is set to be at the forefront of the modern point guards in the NBA for the foreseeable future.

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Both players came into the league via Australia's NBL Next Stars program, each winning the league's Rookie of the Year award and were subsequently taken in the lottery of their NBA Drafts.

Ball is on the verge of his first All-Star selection this season, while Giddey has been handed the keys to the Thunder's offense, praised for his poise and composure.

Let's take a look at how the two stack up against each other and where each of their trajectories will take them.

Next Stars

The comparisons between Giddey and Ball began almost immediately during Giddey's rookie season with the Adelaide 36ers, and why not? Both were teenage point guards standing over two meters tall with exceptional court vision and high ceilings.

Ball had just come off winning the NBL's Rookie of the Year award, also becoming the youngest player in NBL history to record a triple-double. The Charlotte Hornets had just drafted him third overall, while Giddey was looking to follow the same path.