Reason #1: Giles’ Absence From Basketball
Giles’ journey to the NBA has been interesting. He was once the top high-school prospect in his class and a guy that was considered a shoo-in to be in the NBA. But due to multiple ACL injuries, it has stalled his development.
Giles did end up playing at the college powerhouse in Duke University, but he was definitely not the same player that scouts fell in love with. But due to the hope that Giles could get his knees back to full strength, he was still drafted in the first round by the Kings, but at the 20th overall pick.
Because Giles played little time at Duke and took a redshirt year last season, it has been a good minute since he has played in an actual competitive basketball game. To be more specific, it has been well over a year. For that, he deserves time to get his feet wet and adapt back to the environment.
So far this campaign, Giles numbers have not been great as he is averaging around five points, three rebounds, and one assist a game. But with that said, strides have gradually been made by the 20-year old which gives the Kings and their fans hope that he can be a solid contributor during the team’s rebuild.