Harry Giles has been a top prospect ever since the age of 14. 5 years later, at the ripe age of 19, Harry Giles (Duke) has been selected by the Sacramento Kings near the end of the first round of the NBA Draft. Sacramento attained this pick from Portland so that the Trail Blazers could pick Zach Collins at #10. Sacramento also received the 15th pick in this trade. Small forward Justin Jackson was chosen with that pick.
After this pick, Sacramento has picked/obtained 6 of the 60 first round picks the last two years. These six players include Buddy Hield, Skal Labissiere, Malachi Richardson, De’Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson, and Harry Giles. These picks amount to three guards, one small forward, and two bigs. The Kings have made one heck of a bet on young talent instead of a concerted effort to acquire star talent. Only time will tell if this incredible investment will pay off.
Harry Giles is 6’10.5″ with a very large wingspan of 7’3″. He also has a 32″ vertical, good for a big man. These tools will allow him to be a top shot blocker in the NBA as well as giving him a good shot to be a great rebounder on the next level. Giles also weighs only 232 pounds. This will allow him to maximize his athletic ability with good quickness and leaping ability.
The number one concern with Giles is injuries. During his senior year of high school Giles tore his ACL, which forced him to not make his college debut until December. It also hindered his per game stats, as he did not even reach 12 minutes per game. His per 40 adjusted stats are also among the worst for big men projected to go in the first round. Evidently, his ACL is not full strength, and it is not only possible, but likely that this will continue to hold him back while in the NBA. Giles also lacks any jumpshot outside of 10 feet from the basket, showing a very interesting release that is ineffective.
If Giles can come back from his injury well, snagging him at number 20 is an absolute steal. If he cannot become a solid player, the Kings are set up to do well without his complete services.
A good pro comparison for Giles is Larry Sanders. Sanders and Giles both have abnormally large wingspans and play center while under the standard height of 7′. They also share the bad characteristic of not having a true jumpshot. If Giles is able to become what Sanders did for a season or two, but make it last longer, Sacramento is in good hands for the future.