Harry Giles Joins De'Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson as Kings' 2017 NBA Draft Picks

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2017

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 16:  NBA Draft Prospect, Harry Giles III  smiles during the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery at the New York Hilton in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Harry Giles finally found a team willing to take a chance on his spotty injury history when the Sacramento Kings made him the 20th pick of the first round in the 2017 NBA draft on Thursday.Β 

The Kings were busy on draft night, adding De'Aaron Fox with their first pick at No. 5 and making a deal with the Portland Trail Blazers for the rights to picks No. 15 and 20 that turned out to be ACC rivals Justin Jackson and Giles.Β 

Bleacher Report NBA @BR_NBA

Kings take Duke PF Harry Giles with the No. 20 pick https://t.co/bl8wkeIdXK

Here's what social media had to say about the Kings' big draft haul:

Jonathan Wasserman @NBADraftWass

What would you have said in October if someone told you Luke Kennard would be drafted before Harry Giles

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie

Love the Kings taking a swing on Harry Giles. It might not work out, but they can afford to take it.

Jeff Borzello @jeffborzello

Kings land De'Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson and Harry Giles tonight. That's a helluva draft. https://t.co/63XjA66Rtn

Jason McIntyre @jasonrmcintyre

Sacramento Kings got: De'Aaron Fox Justin Jackson Harry Giles That's a damn good haul. Best draft since 2010 (Cousins, Whiteside)

Aaron Torres @Aaron_Torres

Sacramento filled two needs + got two potential All-Stars in DeAaron Fox, Justin Jackson and Harry Giles. Unquestioned winner of the night

Giles, once the nation's top-ranked high school prospect, averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds as a freshman. He was limited to 11.5 minutes a night across 26 games, as he recovered from an October knee surgery. The 6'10" forward tore his ACL twice in high school and was never fully 100 percent at Duke.

"It was tough," Giles told reporters after Duke's season ended. "First off, starting with the team, what we went through was tough, just with all of the injuries and stuff. And then, personally, I feel like I didn't really get to show what I had and also just contribute everything that I know I had as a player for the team to make us better."

While they were few and far between, Giles did show occasional flashes of what made him so special in high school. He played 15 minutes of stellar basketball in an ACC tournament victory over North Carolina, scoring six points, grabbing seven rebounds and blocking four shots. It was a defensive tour de force that made some think he was finally ready for a March breakout.

That didn't pan out, as Giles went scoreless in both NCAA tournament games Duke played. But the flashes were enough to make him receive consideration toward the end of the lottery.

ESPN's Chad Ford, who had Giles 12th on his big board, thought he was getting consideration as high as No. 10.

The Kings can take solace in adding a big-man talent who could develop into a foundational piece after trading DeMarcus Cousins at the deadline.

Because they had two other picks in the first round thanks to proposed trades, the Kings could afford to take a chance on a player like Giles, who comes with injury concerns. If he hits, based on where he was selected, this is one of the biggest steals of the 2017 draft.Β 


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