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Harry Giles Officially Won't Play This Season Which Sucks

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Man this sucks. First it’s great to hear that Harry Giles hasn’t had any setbacks or anything like that as he works his way back to getting healthy, but it sure sucks that we won’t be able to see him play any time soon.

It may have shocked some when Giles declared for the Draft last summer after a 26 game career at Duke that didn’t really blow anybody away. A guy who has truly been plagued with horrific injury luck his entire career, I think people forget how nasty this kid was in high school.

It makes total sense the Kings are being this cautious, especially when you factor in his history. If you don’t know, Giles tore his left ACL/MCL right before his sophomore year of high school. Then in the opening game of his senior year, he tore his right ACL. He’s since had another surgery on his left knee. Just brutal stuff. Despite all that he was still the #1 recruit in a class that consisted of Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum, Lonzo Ball, De’Aaron Fox, Markelle Fultz, Malik Monk, Miles Bridges, Bam Adebayo, Jarrett Allen etc.

In a season that’s clearly lost for the Kings I was hopeful as long as he didn’t have any setbacks that we’d at least see him at some point this season, because he’s a really fun player to watch. I’m really curious to see how him and Fox play together, but I guess we’ll have to wait until at least this summer to get that chance. Taken at 20 this past June, Giles is the ultimate low risk high reward type draft pick. It’s not as if they had to waste a lottery pick on him, and if he truly does prove to be the same player he was in high school, the value of that type of production at #20 is exactly what you dream of us a rebuilding franchise. They may stink now, but a batch of young talent of Fox/Hield/Jackson/WCS/Labissiere/Giles/Bogdanovic isn’t the worst group to have as you prepare for the future.