Sacramento Kings rookie Harry Giles, a first-round pick out of Duke, will be out until at least January before making his NBA debut.
Giles had knee surgery in the off-season ahead of his one year at Duke, and struggled to flash his five-star potential as a freshman. He played in just 26 total games last year, averaging 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game.
The 6-foot-10 Giles was still a top recruit in high school, and has plenty of upside, so it made sense for the Kings to take him with their third first rounder of the 2017 NBA Draft.
It also makes sense for the Kings to be cautious with the start to his career. And so, they have announced that he will be out for a few months to start the year, in order to strengthen his surgically-repaired knees.
Sacramento Kings rookie forward Harry Giles will be out through at least January while he and the Kings training staff focus on a measured and sustained progression plan designed to improve physical strength in his surgically repaired knees. Giles is otherwise healthy and will continue as he has during the preseason to actively participate in controlled elements during team practices. Given his age, personal injury history and the wealth of scientific research supporting a methodical approach to ACL prevention and rehabilitation, Giles will continue on this track going forward and be reevaluated routinely throughout the program.
The Kings have an interesting roster, featuring mix of rookies like Giles, De'Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson, and Frank Mason, and veterans like Zach Randolph, George Hill, and Vince Carter. This is a developmental group, not one likely to compete for a Western Conference playoff spot, so making sure Giles is as healthy as possible before he makes his debut is a wise move.